Aber set 35A115 is a continuation of Aber's Panther G Photo Etch offerings and this set provides the shrapnel covers for the rear engine deck. While made specifically for the Panther G, I see no reason why it couldnít also be used for the Jagd Panther G. As with all Aber AM products, each product comes in a zip lock clear plastic bag inside of which is a cardboard stiffener and a black card for presentation purposes (the black card does make it very easy to inspect the PE fret) and of course the PE fret and a brass tube, lastly in the back of the packet are the instructions for the product.
This set contains a PE fret in brass measuring 46mm X 53mm and a brass rod measuring 47mm X 0.7mm. The PE fret contains the six shrapnel covers and the mounts for them plus the bolt head detail as separate parts, giving you 42 individual parts plus the tube. The instructions for this set are on a single piece of paper, and they are very clear about what goes where and how.
When you look at the pictures included with this review you will notice damage to the PE fret caused by the brass tube during transit. Th two creases caused me headaches trying to get rid of them for the purpose of this review, it was then decided to include the damage in order that you can see what can go wrong when ordering PE products online. This damage was caused despite ABER providing a good standard of packaging and protection. I feel that this problem or possible problem could be overcome by securing the rod to the side of the packaging rather than leaving it loose inside. Please do not see this as a major issue but as said it was felt important to make you aware of what can go wrong.
The PE parts that need bending are not so small that you need a microscope to see them, so this set should be usable by most people who have the minimum amount of PE under their belt. My only concern with this offering from ABER is the brass tube which needs to be cut down into some very small pieces (2.7mm/2.4mm) which may cause the user some issues. With care enough rod should be available to do the job and produce a nice add-on detail for the rear deck of a Panther G.
Highs: A set that allows the user to create a more personalised Panther G and, in some cases, more accurate.Lows: Cutting the rod to the exact sizes specified may be difficult depending on your abilities.Verdict: Aber provides another option for anyone building the Panther G that should satisfy the needs of the modeller concerned with accuracy as well as the modeller who just wishes to personalise their Panther G.
About Darren Baker (CMOT) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM
I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...