The Meng VsKfz 617 Minenräumer is an excellent kit right out of the box (Reviewed Here
) although since it does not contain any photo-etch a few areas were a bit out of scale due to the limitations of using styrene. Voyager Model
has addressed some of these areas in this new upgrade set.
Included in this small set are:
• 2 PE frets
• length of plastic rod
• length of wire
Voyager addresses the shortcomings of the Meng kit without going overboard, making this a very usable set for most modelers. The areas of major concern in the base kit, for me, are the air intake and exhaust covers , the direction indicator and MG barrels as these were not represented as well as they could be using styrene. This set covers these parts along with details for the hatch interior (although it’s still completely empty inside with the hatch open), the lifting hooks for the turret, some hatch details for the upper hull and a couple of other bits and bobs.
Of course, as with other PE sets, this is designed to be used during
the build…not after
as was the case with me! After ripping off the styrene counterparts (and making a thorough mess of things) I was ready to try a few parts of this set out. The styrene louvers for the air exhaust are not too bad in the Meng kit, although the Voyager ones are just as easy to clean up and will look very good. The covers for these are simple to install, although the separate PE bolt heads look too flat and are way too large. I replaced these with resin bolt heads (still too large in the image at right and have since been changed for smaller ones). The intake screens will need to be shaved off the upper hull if using the Voyager ones, and the hoods for the intake only require two simple bends and fit perfectly.
The direction indicator looks much better in PE and again I used a resin bolt to enable the pointer free movement. The last item I replaced was the two small pieces on the sides of the front hull (antenna mounts?), again, much better in PE.
The mg barrels are ‘roll your own’ and consist of four parts each, here I would have liked to see machined or good quality resin barrels instead…these are doable although if not done well the styrene ones would probably be a better choice.
A couple of mistakes on the instructions with the numbering of parts:
Subassembly h, these are A24 (these are not marked)
Subassembly i, should be A3 & A4 (not A24)
A nice little set that will improve the look of the Minenräumer without breaking the bank nor drive you insane as some upgrade sets will.