Built Review
Soviet Vehicle Horns
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by: Ted Hayward [ TED_HAYWARD ]


A new-comer to the aftermarket upgrade scene, Orange Hobby is quickly becoming a prolific producer of brass photo-etched detail parts for popular new kits. These sets contain high-quality brass machined and PE parts.
The quality of these all-metal ungrade sets from Orange Hobby is always excellent.


These 5-piece brass horns will fit a number of WW2 soviet vehicles, including the BT-7, T-34, IS tanks, and JSU self-propelled guns. Includes one early and one late-style turned-brass horns with photo-etched mounting brackets.

The two turned-brass horn bodies, with their machined caps, are of superb quality.


On a "fiddliness" scale of one to ten, I rate these as a five: anyone with some experience building photo-etch will have little difficulty with this set. A horn assembly can be built within minutes, even without a fancy PE parts-bending machine. I found the trick is to leave the smallest parts attached to their fret for as long as possible, only removing them after the cement is fully-dried. No, I am absolutely useless at soldering, thanks for asking! For me, instructions are never obvious enough...but I found these to be straight-forward, after careful reading.

Parting Shots

A very affordable and not overly-frustrating addition to an already great kit. The only tools needed were a trusty set of duck-bill tweezers, a toothpick, and a ball-point pen (for indenting raised-detail). Of course, keen eyesight and a firm grasp of the tweezers will be crucial - but I found this set easier to manage than some other recent PE upgrades.
Highs: Superb craftsmanship. Can be used on a number of vehicles, from the BT-7, to the JSU-152. Affordable!
Lows: May be challenging for the beginner.
Verdict: Beautiful! Very high quality.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: G35-068-35
  Suggested Retail: tba
  PUBLISHED: May 08, 2011

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About Ted Hayward (ted_hayward)

From B.C., Canada. Living in Taiwan for past several years. I've been building kits for as long as memory serves -armor, aircraft, cars. Big fan of 1/16th scale armor kits. Currently serving as poster boy for working with CA adhesives in a well-ventilated area. My first kit was the positively awful ...

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I'd have plenty of use for these. Any idea when they will be available? Not seeing them on the Orange Hobby website yet.
MAY 08, 2011 - 12:54 PM
These look very promising, Ted, nice review. My only concern would be price and availability. Orange Hobby hasn't seemed to develop much of a dealer network here or even in Asia. Luckymodel, for example, doesn't seem to carry them (or at least not many of their products), though I know Hobbyeasy does have some of the line. Do you know what the sets will retail for?
MAY 09, 2011 - 06:32 AM

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