The Czechoslovak designed and built ZB-53 (also known as the TK vz. 37) was a 7.92mm heavy machine gun used extensively by the Germans and was the secondary armament in the Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) series of tanks.  Ironically a license built version of this gun, known as the BESA, saw extensive service in British use.

The set includes three barrels, two machine guns with ball mount and support and a small fret of photo etched brass with three gun sites.  The resin parts are packaged in a small zip lock bag.  The photo etch is protected with a thin plastic film on both sides.  The PE and resin are secured to a black card stock with tape and packaged inside a flat plastic sleeve with the label folded over and stapled to the top of the back.  Instructions are printed on a small sheet of green paper.

The resin gun parts are molded in a light cream color with no bubbles or imperfections in my review sample.  Three barrels are attached to a single casting block at the base and can be easily removed with a quick snip.  As you can see in the photos the casting of the cooling vanes is excellent.  The two machine guns including breech, ball mount and gun barrel cradle is cast as a single piece.  The casting block, which tapers down where it meets the breech, must be removed and the base of the gun sanded flat and square.  There are three PE gun sites for the barrels which attach near the barrel tip at the end of the cooling vanes.  These are a direct replacement for the plastic kit machine guns in the Dragon and Tristar Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) kits.

This is another great release from ET model.  The great castings and PE gun sites will add that little extra touch of detail to your Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) and come highly recommended.

Review sample graciously provided by ET Model

ET Model is based in Shanghai China and produces aftermarket photo etch and resin detail upgrade sets.

Scott Espin – Model Builder International –


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