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Daniel Brooker tackles the supersize Takom kit.

Takom Maus V2 Super Heavy Tank

The Panzerkampfwagen VIII ‘Maus’ (transl. Mouse) was a German super-heavy tank developed in 1944. Five were ordered, but only two hulls and one turret were completed before the testing grounds were captured by the advancing Soviet forces. The first turretless prototype (V1) was assembled by Alkett, and the production turret with armament, submitted for tests. The subject of this article, the V2 differed in many ways from the earlier version: fitted with a 128mm main gun, coaxial 75mm gun, and coaxial 7.92mm machine-gun; powered by a Daimler-Benz MB 517 diesel engine; and new running gear and tracks designed by Škoda.

The Kit

The kit I used for this project was Takom’s ‘Maus V2 WWII German Super Heavy Tank’ (ref. 2050). Hot on the heels of their ‘Maus V1’, the kit was released earlier this year. It would appear that, apart from Dragon, Takom are the only company offering either version of the Maus. The kit itself comprises a surprisingly small number of injection moulded parts, together with a fret of etched-brass details, fully-workable tracks, and a sheet of decal markings. The well-presented instruction manual guides the modeler through a 12-step assembly sequence, and includes painting/marking schemes (compliments of AMMO) for three ‘what if’ examples.

1 The parts that made up the suspension units were cleaned and assembled.
2 The bathtub-style hull had its upper hull supports constructed.
3 The various track parts were now glued and assembled.
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