Thunder Model 1/35 Bergepanzer 38(t) Hetzer Early

Based on a Hetzer chassis, the BMM-built Bergepanzer 38(t) was employed as a recovery vehicle with equipment which included a five-ton Baumgarten winch and a two-ton folding jib. Production did not begin until September 1944 and as a result the planned 170 units were reduced to just 101.

This is the second Bergepanzer variant to be produced by Thunder Model in 1/35 and like the previously reviewed late variant, this kit will not disappoint. Despite being a relatively diminutive machine, this kit absorbs over 370 parts and thanks to the chopped down and exposed hull interior, there is a great deal of detail to install including the six-cylinder 150hp Praga AC engine. The latter is your starting point for this 28 stage build which includes three sheets of PE (inc. printed instruments) and scale chains and ropes for the detailed crane and winch. I like Thunder Model kits; they are well presented from the sturdy box, crisp sprues, comprehensive instructions and a laminated colour sheet, which is nice touch.    

Thanks again to Pocketbond for supplying this kit for review which is available from


Product: Plastic kit

Ref: 35102

Scale: 1/35

Parts: 370+

Price: £47.99 (Pocketbond)

Manufacturer: Thunder Model