Trumpeter 1/72 German Jagdpanzer E-100

The E-100 (Gerät 383) was a super-heavy tank which weighed in at 140 tons, was 33ft 8in long and was to be armed with either a 12.8cm or 15cm KwK 44 main gun. With armour up to 7.9in thick, the E-100 was developed in parallel with the Porsche Maus from mid-1943. As a result, this monster only reached the prototype stage and that was not fully completed by the time the machine fell into Allied hands in April 1945.

Trumpeter’s rendition of this huge tank is well-suited to 1/72 because of its proportions. Admittedly there is some artistic licence with regard to the upper hull which host’s the 12.8 KwK 44/L/55 gun and sports a 7.92mm MG34 on the commander’s hatch. The bulk of the part count is taken up by the tanks running gear and is made up of idler, sprocket and road wheels and single piece rubber tracks. Only a ten stage build, this will be a straight forward but interesting project. The instruction booklet is in black and white which does not help with regard to the painting guide at its rear. However, the machine on the box and a small but useful paint reference chart should steer you in the right direction.  

Thanks to Rhiannon at Pocketbond for supplying this kit to Military Modelling which is available from www.pocketbond.co.uk

 

Product: Plastic kit

Ref: 07122

Scale: 1/72

Parts: 40+

Price: £14.99 (Pocketbond)

Manufacturer: Trumpeter

Website: www.cn-bronco.com