Photo Etch for Trumpeter Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 1st, 2011     
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Kitset packaging
Reviewed by: Tom Moon - IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard
Price: $32.95
Product / Stock #: 36153
Product provided by: Eduard

Page 1 has the replacement of the front bumper after removing the plastic one. You will need a PE bending tool as the replacement part is several inches long. This step also replaces the rear fender support with a PE U channel. A bending tool would be helpful here. There are replacement foot petals, but I did not use them. They are deep in the cabin and are hard to see unless you leave the doors open. There are two front grill add-ons that look very good. The final item on this page is the addition of PE chains to the towing bolts. I did not place them on until very late in the build, as these have a tendency to pop off during handling.

Page 2 has the removal and replacement of the engine access panels. This requires you to bend the louvers to show them with open air access. I have never been able to do this and have the louvers to look reasonably the same, so I skipped this part. The next item is the upgrading of the dashboard. The finished part looks really good and with careful painting will be a great addition to the cabin. However, again unless you leave the doors open it is hard to see the dashboard. The rest of the page involves the door handles and the sun/rain guard above the windshield. The sun/rain guard will require a PE bending tool as it is quite long. It does add a good touch to the cabin. I found the PE windshield wipers to be too 2D as compared to the plastic part, so I did not use them.

Page 3 replaces the blob plastic handles in the rear cargo area along with the hinges on the bench seats. Both are an improvement over the plastic parts. The rest of the page is taken up with the removal of the plastic supports and tarp support rod bases. The PE parts look very good when done and will be necessary if you want to scratch build some tarp support rods and show the cargo bed without a tarp cover.

Page 4 finishes the replacement of the supports on the two end pieces along with the clamps that hold the cargo bed together. These clamps are delicate, easily bent or lost so take care when assembling and handling of the model. The rest of the page involves building of two bins and a spacer between them. I don't know what they really are so I just will call them bins.

Page 5 adds two additional "bins" on top of the two already assembled bins, and then I installed the entire subassembly in the front of the cargo bed. Warning, this is a very tight fit. I had to shave off the bolt heads on the inside of the cargo bed walls to get them to slide in. Once that is done, there is the assembly of the fire extinguisher holder and holding strap along with the fire extinguisher itself. The last item is the replacement of the molded on tarp attachment straps. These look so much better than the molded on ones.

Throughout the instructions was the use of film to replace the plastic "glass", I did not use them as did not appear that there would be that much difference, especially for the windows of the cargo bed cover.

This is good set that has useful parts to improve the appearance of the tractor. The only big drawback I had with the set is the bins located in the cargo bed. If you plan to keep the tarp cover in place, even with the windows you can't really see the bins and details provided.

  • Parts in kitset
    Parts in kitset
  • Model front left side with kitset parts
    Model front left side with kitset parts
  • Model front right side with kitset parts
    Model front right side with kitset parts
  • Model rear right side with kitset parts
    Model rear right side with kitset parts
  • Model rear left side with kitset parts
    Model rear left side with kitset parts
  • Showing added bins
    Showing added bins
  • Showing added bins
    Showing added bins
  • Completed model right side
    Completed model right side
  • Completed model right side
    Completed model right side
  • Completed model front  left side
    Completed model front left side
  • Completed model rear left side
    Completed model rear left side
  • Completed model rear left side view of cargo bins
    Completed model rear left side view of cargo bins
  • Completed model rear right side view of cargo bins
    Completed model rear right side view of cargo bins

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