COBI 2554 – Panzer VIII Maus Limited Edition (Speed Build Review)

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With the new version of the mouse, COBI has dedicated itself to the long-neglected interior design. Both the hull and the turret now consist of more than just a massive accumulation of plates.

Manufacturer: COBI
Set-Number: 2554
Theme: Military
Release: 2022
Parts: 1675
Figures: 5
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 5 Hours

Instructions

Construction

With such a large model, of course, large bricks are used, which are placed on a base of plates. Since we also have to build an interior, many layers of plates are not used, as is typical for COBI. However, this does not detract from the stability. After the hull has been widened with plates, we start with the first details of the interior at the rear and the front.

In a redundant construction, we now fill the hull with various details. In the middle we place a built engine that can be removed and placed on a base with a printed nameplate. However, this little extra is only available in the Limited Edition. Due to the interior design, removable covers must of course also be built, through which we can later access the beautiful interior. At this point we also dedicate ourselves to the chains, which are unfortunately very disappointing. They jump out of the lead again and again and thus hook enormously. You get a clearly audible faltering even on less smooth surfaces.

The front armor is of course built separately again and then attached. A previously built step must first be removed and then reattached. This is not an error and is intended by the instructions. The reason lies in the axes of the drive rollers, which would otherwise slip again and again. They couldn’t fall out, but it would be annoying when building. Now it’s time for the mighty turret of the Maus. There is also plenty of interior design here, which includes a decent armament with shells.

The cladding of the turret seems to have been oriented a little to Panlos. At least the side armor gives the impression of a slight dejavu. At this point we have already completed the actual tank in the standard version. The 7th and last construction step contains only the parts and figures of the Limited Edition. This includes the aforementioned base for the engine, a laser-engraved nameplate, a status sign and a table for briefings.

Conclusion:

Not only the level of detail has improved significantly in the new version. The proportions were also better met. Even if you already own the predecessor, this model is worth buying. However, you have to dig deep into your pocket. For the same money you can already get a ship with more parts.

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