In-Box Review
Pzkpfw.IV Ausf.G PE Update (for DML 9020 kit)

by: Pawel Krupowicz [ VODNIK ]

PE35018 set is designed for Dragon (DML) Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.G model in 1/35 scale. The set is packed in a Voyager's usual thick paper compact disc case. Inside the case are instructions printed on two A4 size paper sheets and a resealable plastic bag with all parts inside. Instructions diagrams are simple and clear. On the last page of instructions are pictures of PE parts attached to unfinished model and ads of two other Voyager update sets for Pzkpfw.IV: side skirts 35016 and fenders 35017. Three frets of photoetched parts are included, all made of brass. Smallest fret is slightly thicker than two larger ones. Aside from PE parts we also get one 0.5mm diameter ABS rod.

Sizes of brass photoetched frets are:
A - 64 mm x 95 mm / 0.15 mm thick
B - 64 mm x 95 mm / 0.15 mm thick
C - 42 mm x 64 mm / 0.25 mm thick

The length of 0.5 mm ABS rod is 53 mm.

Some of included parts are:

- brackets for spare track links, each with tiny separate butterfly nuts.

- multipart clamps and brackets for pioneer and service tools. Some complete tools are also provided as PE parts.

- storage box for left fender.

- fender support brackets and covers.

- fire extinguisher mount.

- a lot of other details for hull and turret, which are hard to identify and describe without detailed knowledge about real Pzkpfw.IV and Dragon model.

This is another interesting detail set from Voyager. It is not as comprehensive as some other Voyager products, as this time Chinese company decided to offer several separate sets for one model kit and parts like side skirts and fenders are available in other sets. Here we once again get a lot of tiny parts: butterfly nuts, bolt heads, lifting hooks etc.. Some parts have to be assembled from many very small brass pieces, so it is not easy to build set and can be only recommended for more advanced modelers. It looks now like all Voyager sets are like this, but actually there is really few PE sets on the market at all, which are suitable for beginners - Tamiya ones are probably rare exceptions. Once again I cannot comment on accuracy of parts in this set, as I'm a modern armor modeler and my knowledge of WW2 armor is marginal, but complexity and amount of details included would definitely improve the look of Dragon's Panzer IV.

Recommended for experienced modelers!

Many thanks to Voyager Model for the review sample!

Voyager Models detail sets are available in USA among others from Mission Models. For a list of other resellers and distributors please e-mail Voyager at: [email protected].
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: PE35018
  Suggested Retail: $19.95
  Related Link: Voyager Model website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 12, 2004
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Pawel Krupowicz (Vodnik)

As first lines of this bio appear under all my reviews, I feel it is important that I start with this information: In March 2005 I ventured into the other side of modeling "industry" - I was not only building model kits, but also helping design them as a consultant for Dragon Models Ltd.. These days...

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    Third page of instructions.
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    Second page of instructions.
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    Photoetched fret C.
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    Photoetched fret B.
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    Photoetched fret A.
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    First page of instructions.
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    Contents of the set
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