German Self-Propelled Heavy Anti-tank Gun
This kit is the 100th 1/48 scale Military Miniatures line release from the “big T“. Congratulations to Tamiya!
The subject of this milestone kit is the feared Nashorn self-propelled anti-tank gun. This vehicle, originally termed the “Hornisse” or hornet, was developed in 1942 as a response to the German Army’s encounters with Russian armor that was far more heavily armored than expected, specifically the KV line as well as the T-34 tanks. The vehicle entered full production in early 1943, mounting an 88mm gun on what was basically a lengthened Panzer IV chassis. Being an open top vehicle, crew protection was minimal, and the Nashorn was intended to be used in the traditional anti-tank role rather than in stand up vehicle to vehicle fights. The Nashorn’s strengths were it’s outstanding long range gun, and the optics that allowed for accuracy at extended ranges. Almost 500 of these effective vehicles were built, production running until the end of WWII.
What’s in the Box?
Sprue A (x2) Link and length tracks, road wheels, drive sprockets and idlers.
Above - sprue “A” detail. Note the subtle sag in the long upper track run.
Above - more sprue “A” detail
Sprue “B”, fenders, superstructure parts, fighting compartment floor, commander figure
Sprue “B” detail, commander figure is not bad looking.
Sprue “C”, gun and mounts, hull and superstructure detail parts
Sprue “C” detail, gun is a one piece molding except for the muzzle brake.
Sprue “D”, hull floor and sides
Sprue “D” detail - note suspension parts molded on, with nicely done detail.
Above - hull weights, two poly caps, decals for two paint / markings schemes.
Above - instruction booklet, tech tips sheet, paint and markings directions.
Parts quality of this kit looks to be up to the usual very high Tamiya standards. Mold seams are almost non-existent, there is no flash present that I can see, and the detail on the parts is sharp and crisply rendered. Sprue attachment points are small and well placed.
This kit has nice looking link and length tracks, with the upper track run over the rollers having subtle sag molded onto it. This upper track run is fixed onto the exact correct placement onto the rollers by means of pins on one set of those rollers. This will lock the entire track run into correct alignment, making track assembly much easier to get right. The kit has a very nice looking set of decals, and a pair of metal weights which attach to the lower hull, giving the model a bit more of a weighty feel. I have no clue why this is important to Tamiya, but I prefer this weight system to the old metal lower hulls that Tamiya used to use on their 1/48 scale models. This kit includes a commander figure, and has no photoetch or clear parts.
The instructions look to follow Tamiya’s usual crystal clear, trouble free process. The drawings for each step are clearly drawn and uncrowded. I think that this kit will be a pleasure to build, as most 1/48 scale Tamiya kits are.
Highly Recommended (pending full build)
Thanks to Tamiya for the review sample
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
AMPS 2nd Vice President, Midwest Region
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