The kit's background
This kit, "Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.B/C" from Revosys, represents a "paper panzer"; a tank that was designed but never completed. The vehicle was intended to be Germany's heavy tank for 1942 and it would have filled the role that the Panther eventually did. The project, called VK3601, was cancelled because of materials shortages.
With this kit, Revosys imagine the finished VK3601 in service. We don't know exactly how the Germans were planning to complete this tank; they made a running hull but only the shell of a turret. Therefore Revosys provide several credible options for the gun and cupola. The kit includes standard external equipment, including both the S-mine system and the rooftop grenade launcher.
There is a partial interior comprising the crew compartments only. In the front hull Revosys put a gearbox, radios and seats similar to those of the Tiger E. This is valid because the VK3601 design was carried over to the Tiger. In the middle of the hull, they provide a floor and ammunition bins. The firewall has fittings similar to those of the Pz.4, although this tank would have had a different engine.
Revosys' turret is highly detailed with a floor, traverse gear, seats, different options for the gun, the MG34 and other parts. Revosys based it on the Pz.4 turret, which is a good guess because Krupp designed both turrets; but it's unlikely that the new tank would have been so similar to the old one. The interior lacks many items of equipment that were obligatory for German tanks.
At one time Revosys promised a second kit, RS3002, representing a "command" version of this tank. The "command" antennae are in this kit, but the internal radio sets for a "command" tank are not included.
There is a small decal sheet; it has crosses and generic tactical numbers but no unit insignia. Paint schemes are specified, some of them realistic, some a little fanciful.
Individual-link tracks are supplied, with 2 parts per link. Spare links for turret and hull are included. There is a sheet of photo-etch including engine grilles and radio racks.
My ongoing review and comments;
|Missing internal equipment||S-mine launchers||Vision port on hull side|
|Command antennae||Plugs for pistol ports||S-mine controls|
|Missing episcope||Electrical distribution box|