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S-65 Tractor with Cab Detail Set – E35-193 ET Models 1:35[.size] Trumpeter has recently released the second configuration of this esoteric vehicle and ET Models have followed it by releasing this update set for it. E35-139 consists of three sheets of etched brass and a small acetate sheet. The instructions are printed on ETs usual green paper, but are better laid out than some of their normal fare, with diagrams of the model and where the various brass parts are to be fitted. Some parts of the kit need to be removed before the finer brass parts can be added. As is normal for these types of upgrade sets some assemblies also require the addition of plastic rod of various sizes. The set is basically a repetition of the previous release E35-145 reviewed HERE with the exception of the open cab that is provided for the driver, since the new kit already has a cab included, so it would be rather churlish to repeat myself with what’s included. As it is, the quality is up to the usual standards and you’ll still need a fair amount of patience and care in removing the kit parts, particularly the names on the radiator housing and the fitting of the bonnet side clamps. I have used the earlier set in a build HERE so you can see how it goes to make a nicely detailed model. Conclusion This is a very nice little set and without the cab of the previous set is perhaps slightly less daunting to use. It will certainly help take the kit to the next level of detail and also remove some of the rather clunky kit items. Recommended. Review Sample courtesy of available in the UK from White Ensign Models
Finished the component parts and added them all together on the great MiniArt Russian Street base. The howitzer was a little tricky in places, but came out ok, as did the tractor with the added ET Models etch set. The whole diorama was a very enjoyable build. Now with added dust and better photographs. I will be adding some more debris when it arrives then some wire between the gantries. Street scene build HERES-65 tractor build HERE ML-20 build HERE
Whilst getting a bit bogged down with my Varyag ship build I thought I'd have a break and build something a little different and do a sort of build review at the same time. So this kit will be built with the aid of the ET Models etch set, reviewed HERE Staturory box top pic. The individual tracks are made up of 34 links per side and three parts per link. They actually went together better than I had expected. Start on the suspension parts and wheels. The chassis of the tractor along with the radiator front which has been cut out and will be replaced with the etched parts shown in the photo.