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IBG: 40/43M Zrinyi II
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 07:11 PM UTC

Matthew Lenton continues his build reviews of 1/72nd models, this time its

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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 10:55 PM UTC
Hello Matthew, nice review.
Some info to clarify the features mentioned:

The patch on the corner of the mantlet is a unique feature of the Kubinka vehicle. It's basically a 25 mm armor plate cut from another Zrínyi or Turan to cover a penetration.

The "smooth" lower plate is a feature of the mild steel protype vehicle, this was later used as a testbed for the 75 mm gun.
The circular plate on the left of the front plate is a moveable door for the direct sight on the prototype. On the first vehicles it was patched over with a similar circular plate and deleted on later vehicles.
The three rivet drivers plate can be found on a few (2-3?) vehicles, no clue why it was made this way.
The "thinned" gun mantlet with countersunk screws was the first layout of the mantlet on the mild steel prototype. Later it was rebult the standard setup.

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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 04:03 AM UTC
Adam, thank you for clearing all of that up. It shows that you can observe photos as much as you like but not understand the true meaning of them without other knowledge to back it up. It makes sense that there are often good photos of the prototype that are well preserved, but also often not representative of the rest of the production run.

Interesting about the Kubinka vehicle, it means that it is the same vehicle in the photo below, and it confirms that, for whatever reason, someone decided to rebuild the track guards which were lost at some point, and they also fixed up the side armour...