Hobby Boss 1/35 VK1602 Leopard

The Kit

The kit consists of 629 plastic parts, 432 of them are the individual track links, 27 Photo Etch parts and a decal sheet that includes several numbers and the typical Balkan cross. The reason for the rather high number of track pieces is the two guide horns are molded separately which of course need to be glued onto each track. The PE consists of smoke optional parts instead of using the plastic counter parts.

The tracks are molded in a brown color similar to Modelkasten products.This is probably the most labor intensive part of the kit. The track links supplied are individual with two attachment points to the sprue but also two extra tabs per link that needs to be removed. In addition, the two guide horns need to be added to the inside of each track

The quality of the parts is very good,it’s clean, with very crisp I detailing.I really love the detail in the weld seams.The major panels go together very nicely,with little or no trouble at all. The last build I did that fit this nicely was the Tri-Star Panther IV Ausf D.which fit just like a glove.

This kit was truly a joy to build.