1/20 Wave “Kuster” Panzer Auflarungs
- Product Name : "Kuster" Panzer Auflarungs T.W47/N2
- Product Number : MK-038
- Manufacturer : Wave
Welcome to another kit review on Scalemodelling wiki, this time we will have a look at an impressive kit made by Wave, the 1/20 “KUSTER”. For you guys that are new to Maschinen Krieger world I’ll suggest you have a quick read on Wikipedia here.
So, what is to offer in this kit? is it worth buying it or is it a dead horse?.
In my reviews I don’t like to bother the reader with too much technicality: number of sprues and what they look like etc is not my way to see a kit but the quality of the plastic, the clarity of the instructions and the presentation is… big time.
This kit is an old friend. The majority of the sprues comes from the 1984 kit from the now extinct “Nitto”company, the Kröte.
Before you run away thinking that an 80s kit will be a joke to build I have to tell you that the level of details is really good. Nitto did used the latest technology at the time to produce a quality kit and they succeeded… now Wave is taking it to a new level.
Plastic quality? Well imagine an old Italeri kit: you know that dark green soft plastic? Yeah, you know it!. Actually it is quite easy to work with and there is no flash whatsoever…. And I mean it. Even if the plastic is soft, it is very detailed and good to work with: The “head” is a bit problematic since it is composed of 4 big parts that will need filling and sanding to get a perfect fit… and the soft plastic will work in your advantage on this one.
The kit has a lot of “multimedia” parts, which includes metal, rubber and proper suspension springs how cool is that! But hear not, if you find it too daunting, there are plastic parts to substitute the suspension system so you can skip if need be, kudos to Wave!
The kit goes together easy…. Saying that the head will gives you some minor problems, so take extra time, dry fit and is need be, make sure the top parts align perfectly and work on the bottom part with the sanding and filling since it will be almost invisible after the head is in position with the rest of the body.
The instructions are mainly in Japanese… yep folks, time to use that google translator app in your phone with the camera function and point to the text… voila! Nothing to worry about!
Decals are excellent and plentiful to let your imagination go wild…. Remember: this is a sci-fi kit and whichever way you paint it or build it, it will always be as good as the original.
As I write this review, I am on the weathering process. This has been my first Maschinen Krieger kit and I really am enjoying it. I will build more of Maschinen Krieger world so I can only highly recommend it.
- Well detailed
- Multimedia kit
- Unique subject
- Instructions could be better
- Head can be a bit tricky to not show seam lines
If you are tired of building jets and WW2 machines, this is a perfect start into the Sci-fi realm.