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Monday, November 14, 2011

Zvezda Panzer III G Review

These Panzer IIIs are done by Zvezda- and are 100% "soft" plastic kits. I put soft in quotes because though they are a much different plastic than the Plastic Soldier Company kits, they aren't flimsy or soft exactly. The models will hold together fine, and can probably take some abuse, but don't think they're going to feel like cheapy plastic soldiers- they really don't.  I picked these up on a whim, and am fairly happy with the purchase. They definitely don't come anywhere near my Battlefront Miniatures Panzer III company for my DAK, but they did cost about 1/3 as much!

These are snap together kits and require no glue, which may be fine if you use them in their intended role as tokens in a Barbarossa themed game by Zvezda, but doesn't quite cut it for wargaming in my opinion. Thus, I used a few dabs of super glue to hold it all together.


First- the price is of course incredibly attractive! I got these from the War Store for less than $4 a pop. Secondly, putting these guys together was about midway between The Plastic Soldier Company and Battlefront. Very little flash, and the pieces mostly went together well. The tracks were a bit fiddly, but not as bad as the Plastic Soldier Company T-34s.

The Detail was crisp and sharp, but not exaggerated at all. Consequently, after a primer and a layer of coat, a lot of the details really start to disappear. The Battlefront model wins hands down here as the details are nice and pronounced.

Size wize this model is dead on with the Battlefront one. You would be hard pressed to tell them apart at a distance.

Finally, in addition to the detail disappearing a bit, there is no stowage or anything else to add to the tank to make them look "lived in". The hatch does not allow for a commander.

In conclusion, this is a good buy, but not a straight forward decision. I really really like the Battlefront Panzer IIIs, they're gorgeous models. These guys are maybe half the quality but at a third the price. If you're just looking to get some Panzer IIIs on the table for cheap these are your best bet.

Next to a Battlefront Panzer IV


Panzer III was the common name of a medium tank that was developed in the 1930s by Germany and was used extensively in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen III (abbreviated PzKpfw III) translating as "armoured battle vehicle". It was intended to fight other armoured fighting vehicles and serve alongside the infantry-supporting Panzer IV. However, as the Germans faced the formidable T-34, stronger anti-tank guns were needed. Since the Panzer IV had a bigger turret ring, the role was reversed. The Panzer IV mounted the long barreled 7.5 cm KwK 40 gun and engaged in tank-to-tank battles. The Panzer III became obsolete in this role and for most purposes was supplanted by the Panzer IV. From 1942, the last version of Panzer III mounted the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24, better suited for infantry support. Production of the Panzer III ended in 1943. However, the Panzer III's capable chassis provided hulls for the Sturmgeschütz III until the end of the war.

Next to a Battlefront Panzer IV


Equipment and Notes
Panzer III G
 5cm KwK Gun
Fully Tracked
Co-ax MG, Hull MG, Protected Ammo
From Hellfire and Back


Anatoli said...

I love German WW2 tanks, there is just something beautiful about the design. If I had a weaker resolve I would start collecting Germans just so I could paint some tanks. Maybe I can coax some friends to give me a German vehicle commission :D

It’s hard not to love the PzIII. I also love the short barrel version of both PzIII and PzIV.

cbaxter said...

thanks for the review i picked some up myself the other day, but haven't got them yet.

indierockclimber said...

Oh yeah as my buddy Tom always says "The Germans had the best art department".

W.DesertForce said...

I had been looking at these. Seeing them painted really does show how subtle the surface detail is. At this scale, the larger details of the BF minis really do result in a better painted mini. Thanks for the review, very helpful.

Stormtrooper said...

although they look ok, i think i will get some PSC ones instead, but the Zvezda Pz II is tempting, thanks for the review Steve.

HuronBH said...

The Zvezda stuff is great, and if you are like me have have purchased a good amount of Plastic Soldier stuff too, then you have plenty of extra stowage and bitz to spruce up the Zvezda kits with.

indierockclimber said...

@huron- good point!

@stormtrooper- PSC don't yet make a Panzer III I don't think

Chris said...

I'm actually thinking about getting the Zvezda aircraft. I think the 1/144 scale is the same as the other battlefront planes.

Stormtrooper said...

Steve PCS have come out with a box to make Pz III F,G,H.

cbaxter said...
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cbaxter said...

oh smack they are releasing PZ IIIs

indierockclimber said...

yep and they're coming out very soon! awesome!

The Kiwi said...

Good info in this review.
Cheers and keep on posting stuff like this.

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