This is a relatively new sculpt from Battlefront, and honestly it's one of the best pieces I've ever purchased. Cleanup was a cinch, and the detail level is just right. I had a blast painting them, all the while making little engine noises. I really have absolutely zero complaints about these sculpts- everything is great from the tracks to the small remote-controlled machine guns. Seriously phenomenal sculpts- if you've been on the fence about picking these guys up, trust me and take the plunge!
QUICK PAINTING GUIDE
I knocked these guys out relatively quickly, and didn't have a single problem. After spraying them black, I base coated the vehicle in Dunkelgelb (Vallejo Middlestone). After that, I did a google search for Hetzer Camouflage and found a great modeling site to use as inspiration for my camo. I didn't tape anything off or anything like that, just painted carefully by hand, planning ahead. I did the green first (Vallejo Olive Camo Green) followed by the brown (Vallejo Flat Brown). After that it was just a matter of picking out the details and applying my divisive blacklining techniques using a Pitt/Faber-Castell Artist Series Superfine Pen.
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz. 138/2), later known as Hetzer ("baiter"), was a German light tank destroyer of the Second World War based on a modified Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis. The project was inspired by the Romanian "Mareşal" tank destroyer.
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) was intended to be more cost-effective than the much more ambitious Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger designs of the same period. Using a proven chassis, it avoided the mechanical problems of the larger armoured vehicles.
It was better armored than the lightly armoured earlier Panzerjäger Marder and Nashorn with a sloped armour front plate of 60 mm sloped back at 60 degrees from the vertical (equivalent in protection to about 120 mm), carried a reasonably powerful gun, was mechanically reliable, small and easily concealed. It was also cheap to build.
Hetzer. (2011, December 8). In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 13, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hetzer&oldid=464803439
|Equipment and Notes|
|Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Hetzer) |
7.5cm PaK39 gun
|Standard Tank |
|Overloaded. Hull MG. |