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1/35 2A3 Kondensator In-Box Review
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: August 16, 2005
KitMaker: 19 posts
Armorama: 18 posts
Posted: Friday, May 08, 2015 - 11:16 PM UTC
Well look what arrived in the post-box....

This is an initial in-box review of the kit followed by a build log as I work my way through this beast. To be clear- I won't be commenting on the accuracy/dimensions of the kit, unless something seems grossly out of scale or toy-like. That's not to say I don't like a good dialogue re: accuracy... I'm just more interested in an enjoyable build right now. So with my disclaimer out of the way- let's begin!

This is a multimedia kit of the relatively obscure Soviet self-propelled nuclear artillery piece, the "Kondensator" by PanzerShop. Having no prior experience with this company I took a leap of faith and gave in to my urge to build this oddball. Shipping was prompt and communication from the vendor was timely. Upon unpacking the box one is confronted by an array of intelligently packaged parts- a bag for the cannon, a bag for the suspension/wheels. etc. as well as Friul tracks.

A neat touch is a numbered/signed glossy of the subject that comes in the box as well.

The monolithic resin hull is well cast and free of warping/distortion. This was the only part of my kit to suffer damage in transit, however the pieces that broke off were small and easily re-attached. I also detected two small bubbles at one end of the hull, easily filled. I should note that these are the ONLY bubbles I have been able to find on ANY of the parts... so all things considered I'm happy.

Lots of delicate parts with great detail and when it really counts, locating pins as well!

The enormous breach-block and other main gun components are well detailed and perfectly cast.

At first I thought the choice to use (what appears to be) a plastic waterline for the gun barrel was strange, however after some thought I can see how this makes sense. The sheer size of of that 16" gun, even in 1/35 scale, means that it doesn't necessarily lend itself to resin due to warping etc, and turned aluminum would probably be too heavy. There are supplied photo-etch straps to dress is up, and under a coat of paint it should look great.


The suspension/idlers/roadwheels/drive sprockets are great and fit reasonably well together even before cleanup. Again the casting and overall design is good.

Finally, a word about the instructions and reference photos that come on an included CD-ROM. AMAZING. Pop it into your computer and you're presented with a choice of photos: Actual Vehicle, Built Model, Instructions. Each category is comprehensive and full of useful references for the modeler. This is especially handy since scale wire and hydraulic junction boxes are included but not really referenced in the instructions. In short everything you need to build one serious nuclear cannon is included in this kit.

I had planned to put this on a shelf and wait for a moment of temporary insanity to push me into starting it.... but after taking a serious look at the parts, the quality, and the included references I'll be diving into it immediately!
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Georgia, United States
Joined: May 09, 2014
KitMaker: 273 posts
Armorama: 270 posts
Posted: Saturday, May 09, 2015 - 01:04 AM UTC
Thanks for having the courage to tackle this monster of a kit! Certainly an interesting barrel, but I'm looking forward to how this builds up!
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Minnesota, United States
Joined: March 04, 2003
KitMaker: 4,630 posts
Armorama: 4,498 posts
Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 06:00 AM UTC
Wow. I will enjoy watching you work on this. Not ready to tackle this one.
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Virginia, United States
Joined: June 24, 2005
KitMaker: 364 posts
Armorama: 355 posts
Posted: Friday, July 01, 2016 - 04:36 PM UTC

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This is an initial in-box review of the kit followed by a build log as I work my way through this beast.

Sitzkrieg, did you ever tackle this beast? I am tempted to purchase one, but before spending that much money I would like to hear the verdict of someone who has tried to build it. Any comments would be helpful.

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Bayern, Germany
Joined: September 30, 2013
KitMaker: 1,615 posts
Armorama: 1,500 posts
Posted: Friday, July 01, 2016 - 11:24 PM UTC
I'd also be interested in hearing how this build went. Thanks!