COBI 2707 – Panzer III Ausf. E – Speed Build Review

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We have already built the Ausf. J with a long gun and now it’s the turn of the Ausf. E. The differences are only marginal and I compare both models with each other.

Manufacturer: COBI
Set-Number: 2707
Theme: Military
Release: 2021
Parts: 290
Figures: 0
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 1 Hours 30 Minutes

Instructions

The instructions provide 50 construction steps for the 290 components. Of course, we do not need any further subdivision into construction phases with this small amount. On DIN A5, the construction steps that have been built are grayed out and all new parts to be set in color. The parts list at the end of the instructions can be used to compare whether the other components are really over or should have been installed somewhere.

Construction

Since we only have a width of 5 knobs, the base plate is composed of several small plates. These are then reinforced by further plates. The mount for the drive rollers, like the rear, consists of only a few parts. In order to make optimal use of the width on this scale, a lot of jumper plates are used. The side panels also consist largely of such plates.

With another row of plates, we have already reached the final tiles. The rollers are again built from 3 parts, as we already know from the J type. As a result, the tracks have a pretty good grip and run reasonably well for this scale.

Before we build the turret, a few small parts are attached to the hull and an antenna is built. The actual turret is ready in a few construction steps and can be placed on the hull. The most striking prints are also used here.

Conclusion:

The differences to Ausf. J are only very small. The tower has a slightly longer barrel and is also smaller than the Ausf. J. In addition, the Ausf. E has an antenna and a tool. The rest is completely identical, with the exception of a few small parts. If you are not a collector, you can safely do without this model if you already own the Ausf. J from last year. Unless you value a World of Tanks code, which is included in the other model.

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