Kit Preview : 1/76 Fujimi Hetzer

About the manufacturer
Fujimi is the only remaining active major 1/76 plastic injection molded kit manufacturer. They took on the Nitto range about a decade ago and have been re releasing their catalog gradually. Their latest kits include link and length hard plastic tracks. Be sure to check if the kit you are buying has the old rubbery tracks or the new ones. Just a hint: the cheaper ones have the vinyl tracks.
Henk of Holland has a very useful list of all the serial numbers of Fujimi and Nitto kits.

About the vehicle
Here is the Wikipedia on the vehicle.

I'm not a specialist of the Hetzer. It looks to be a late model, based on the exhaust configuration. The roadwheels are significantly larger than on other machines based onthe 38(t) chassis. The Milicast Flamm Hetzer also has those larger wheels. Bradford's drawings show them all the same size so I don't know what to make of it. The shields look a bit thick. Handles and otehr hull fittings need to be replaced or added but other than that it looks like a solid build.
Reviewed on 9/11/2009.