LionMarc Model Designs
Škoda ÚV vz .34 37mm barrel
for Pz.Kpfw.35(t) w/resin recoil cylinder

LionMarc Model Designs 1:35th Scale Set: LM50007
Review by Terry Ashley

The Set:
Tamiya Tamiya recently released a “new” kit of the Pz.Kpfw.35(t) which was actually a rebox of the short run CMK kit with the addition of a Tamiya sprue with some extra jerry cans, storage boxes and retooled ZB vz.34 37mm MGs.

Given its lineage and age the kit is really not up today’s standards with some heavy moulding and detail as well as sizable pins marks and some parts fit that needs a bit of TLC.  One area that is a little sad is the main ÚV vz.34 37mm gun with the top recoil cylinder armoured jacket the wrong shape and suspect detail along with a very poor depiction of the perforated muzzle brake.

Coming to the rescue here is Lionmarc Model Designs with a replacement brass ÚV vz.34 37mm barrel and resin recoil cylinder cast as a single part as is the brass barrel with the perforated muzzle brake included. The only clean-up needed on either part is a little resin film inside the barrel support openings needing to be carefully removed and it’s then straight into the assembly.

Brass and resin set parts.
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Assembly is very straightforward as the brass barrel tube fits snugly into the resin recoil cylinder and the cylinder has the same mountings as the kit gun meaning there are no alterations required with the resin mounting simply replacing the kit part in the assembly sequences.

Tamiya have retooled the zv.37 7.92mm machine guns in the kit but these can still be improved and Lionmarc already have the solution to this with their set #LM10015 which has two zv.37 7.92mm MGs and preformed brass mountings and I have included one the turret along with the ÚV vz.34 37mm gun in this review.

Tamiya kit with the replacement resin recoil cylinder and brass barrel.
Also included is the zv.37 7.92mm machine gun from the Lionmarc set #LM10015

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Tamiya kit assembled as per instructions for comparison.
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This is a quick and easy update of the main vz.34 37mm gun with excellent details on the resin recoil cylinder housing and the brass barrel with the standout being the perforated muzzle brake. Not having to make any alterations to the kit parts to fit the replacement parts also makes this one of the easiest update sets to use.

Rating 9.5/10

Pz.Kpfw.35(t) in detail
Wings & Wheels Publications R 062
ISBN 978-80-86416-77-9
Thanks to my credit card and Hobbyeasy for the review set.

Page created June 4, 2011

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