Towards the end of WWII, the Germans were trying to conserve manpower and supplies and began development of a series of heavy tanks with the intention of standardizing most parts in order to streamline production and to save money. These tanks were to have additional internal space to store more ammunition and would include a gun stabilization system to allow firing on the move. Instead of employing Germans in the tank factories, POW slave labor was used resulting in poor quality workmanship, which mattered little since the war ended prior to the actual deployment of the E-series tanks. Many of the features of the proposed E-series tanks were used in the design of post war equipment by Germany and other countries. This kit by Trumpeter consists of 294 parts on 7 sprues plus lower and upper hull, turret and rubber tracks. Photo-etched parts for the engine grille are also included. The kit went together pretty easy and the panels fitted very nicely. Trumpeter did very nicely in the detail category,even the flexible vinyl tracks were very well done. Model Master Enamels and MIG weathering added the final touch to an impressive kit. This kit is definitely recommended,for your “Paper Panzer” collection.

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