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SdKfz 164 Nashorn for Tamiya. 1:35

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SdKfz 164 Nashorn for Tamiya

1:35 Eduard

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There were a lot of delighted AFV modellers when the Tamiya 1:35 Nashorn was released, and a bit of a surprise. Naturally the kit is a lovely piece of Tamiya engineering with loads of detail already included. Yet there are always areas that could be improved particularly when trying to achieve a scale thickness which injection moulding just cannot match. To this end, Eduard have released two sets of etched brass which should give the kit a bit more pizzazz, and give it a more scale look. As is normal for these types of enhancement sets some of the kit detail will need to be removed before adding the etched parts and the modeller will also have to supply their own styrene or brass rod to complete some of the assemblies.

[36266 Detail Set] This medium sized sheet is crammed full of etched parts, and looks like Eduard made the most of the available space without having to produce a second sheet. Along with the standard replacement clamps, brackets and grab handles the set included new items for the track storage rack, hasps and clasps for the storage boxes, front mudguards, searchlight mount, and fire extinguisher mount. One part, which looks like it assembles into a ammunition fuse box even has textured surfaces to simulate the wood that these were constructed from.

In the gun compartment there are new storage racks, document pouches, gas mask canister brackets, aerial mounts and other sundry brackets. There are also two new radios and their associated support frames, a new grille and surround for the engine exhausts and new brackets for the storage of the MG-34/42 machine gun and MP-40 sub-machine gun and a new latch mechanism for the rear doors.

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[36277 Floor Plates and Ammunition Boxes] As the title states, this set provides the modeller with two very detailed ready use ammunition lockers for the inside of the gun compartment. Each unit has doors that can be posed open or closed and come complete with all the internal racks suitable for the 88mm ammunition, which you will need to source separately. The floor plates are simple to fit as, once folded to shape, they are just glued into position around the gun compartment.



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Conclusion
Even Tamiya kits can do with some extra detailing every now and then, and these sets provide enough to make the difference without going overboard. I particularly like the 88mm ammunition lockers which will look great in their open state, especially if combined with some brass shells. With care and patience they should be ok to be used by all but the pure novice but still be slightly challenging in areas. Highly recommended



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