Zimmerit is a very distinct feature on most German Tanks and SPG's which were manufactured between September 1943 and September 1944. Applied in the factory during construction or if a vehicle received a major re-fit, it's rough, ridged finish is both appealing and terrifying to modellers of German AFV's. For many years the only way to replicate Zimmerit was either with Putty or a hot-knife. Both need a steady hand and a bit of flair, as especially the hot-knife method leaves no room for error, and this often resulted in people leaving the Zimmerit off altogether.
Fast forward a few years, and today we find ourselves with a multitude of Zimmerit substitutes, which have made the application of Zimmerit much easier. Ranging from thick injection molded plastic panels to paper thin resin sheets, there is now a product and/or technique to suit all skills (and wallets..). Photo-etch falls in between these to, not as thick as the (over scale) injection plastic sheets, and not quite as thin as the resin.
As a major producer of Photo-etch up-date sets, Eduard has naturally turned to brass to create Zimmerit for a number of vehicles.
the set in detail
The set is packed in a zip lock bag, with two stiff card inserts to protect the Photo-etch sheets from damage. The set consists of two frets, with a total of 42 parts. The instructions only take two pages, but are clear and there should be no problem getting all the parts in the right place.
The set contains parts to cover all external areas of the model, apart from the main mudguards, superstructure roof and engine deck. There are no 'damaged' areas, so if you want to depict a battle weary vehicle with worn and chipped Zimmerit you'll have to cut the brass parts yourself. Whilst this is not difficult, and it let's you decide where the damage is, you will need a reasonable cutter for this, as the brass is to thick to cut with an Exacto knife.
This is a good set to add Zimmerit to the Brummbar, and fits well without the need to trim parts after they have been attached. It's clean, uniform pattern makes it most suitable for a 'factory fresh' finish. Eduard is 'advertising' this on their website at the 'reduced' price of $10.95, which makes it great value as well.
If you are planning on building Dragons late Brummbar, you will have to add Zimmerit. There are different techniques to re-create Zimmerit, and this Photo-etch set from Eduard is one of them.