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sharkmouth 04-22-2007 10:31 PM

Trumpeter's Dicker Max - Yawn...
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Well I got this in for review:
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Lots of pin marks, flash, and some errors makes me think that they rushed it to beat Dragon. Sadly, the Dragon kit also suffers from fit problems so it is a toss up. Only happy error is Sprue L which I am stealing away for a Panzer IV. It is the wrong transmission for this beast, but it does foretell of a turreted Panzer IV with full interior.

The engineering is such that, as an example, once you attach the air exhaust scoop on the outside rear hull wall, the tabs used to position it are in plain view from the inside. These are adjacent to nice details which will be obliterated as you try to fill in and sand the tabs, pin marks, and replaced parts. For a new kit, many of the newly tooled parts have flash which interferes with what could have been very good fit.

I built enough to be able to write a review and will divide the parts up for other kits. By adding a tarp over the fighting compartment, a lot of the work filling and sanding to eliminate pin marks is avoided.

So, one can concentrate on the external details and corrections (such as the hinges for the fuel ports which are more visible in the end than the bogus belly pan details. Oh well... :(


Flak 04-22-2007 11:36 PM

Thanks for your sharing the sprues pics...Saul :thumb:

I'm felt disappoint on the Trumpeter "Dicker Max" also...after seeing your sprue pictures... it's soft details, parts line mis-matched, a lot of flash, oversize/poor look weld line...etc. I expected they will better than DML, or kept the quality as their KV series...and they have Mr. Lam (The On-Track owner) to help for this project is another story...:(

So, I will pass it and start to building the DML's one soon...

tamigawa 04-23-2007 08:49 PM

Thanks for the sprue shots. It's really too bad about the quality of these two kits, I was really looking forward to a good Dicker Max.

schlichtr 04-23-2007 10:22 PM

Thats sad to hear. Although I wasn't going to get one I know there were alot of folks waiting for this. Oh well...NEXT!!!


sharkmouth 04-24-2007 12:13 PM

Hi Guys,

Glad to help you all save money.


sharkmouth 05-27-2007 05:07 PM

To build a better representation form the Trumpeter kit, I start with the belly pan.

This is for those who enjoy torture, aka 'Old School Modeling' (David, are you watching?)...

Original parts

All access ports removed

Filled and first coat of putty


Driver 05-27-2007 08:55 PM

Way to go Saul! :thumb:

'Old School Modeling' may be torture but, do you know something more rewarding than that? :D


sharkmouth 05-27-2007 09:09 PM

Since I suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), I usually pick a kit for which I could not care less to practice this torture. :D

I have already given it a second coat of filler, thin cyanoacrylate cement this time, and sanded it. Now, I am preparing a template to scribe in the final drive access hatches. I am using the 'original' Dragon PanzerKampfWagen IV Ausf E release as a guide and to steal the nuts which I can use for the tunnel mounts. Photos are coming.

My plan is to work on the outside. The interior will be covered under a tarp. That is, if I get that far.

I also did some work on the Metropolitana and need to upload those photos as well.

Ruben, Did you get the package?


lquah 05-28-2007 01:27 PM


Got to see you start this kit :thumb: I wouldn't worry too much about the underside though since you are not showing it overturned.

One solution to ADD is to go for a speed build :) That way you will be able to finish before ADD takes hold. :D :D


sharkmouth 05-28-2007 10:49 PM

:D Speed builds don't exist for me. As for the belly detail, if I see it, I model it. Since I do not care for the kit, I won't spend money on aftermarket stuff but will upgrade it myself using stuff from the spares box.

As an example, in the previous photos, I had removed the incorrectly shaped fuel port covers. I found some that fit the bill from Dragon's Jagdpanzer IV but the cap side of the hinge is the late type. So, I modified it to take the early type from Dragon's original Ausf E. (yes, the one with all the dimensional errors)

The top of the mudgaurds have tread plate on the inside! This was scraped off.

Looking at the Dragon Ausf. E kit, I decided to use the drive sprockets as the bolt detail is correct but need to modify the details where Dragon slacked off. I will also use the bump stops as they are the correct Ausf E type while the Trumpeter kit provides the Ausf D type.

I glued together the barrel, sanded and polished it. I also filled in several pin marks and other minutiae but my photos came out blurry. I will take more as I progress slowly but surely.


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