Thanks to another snowstorm on Saturday I had some spare time to check out the new Revell kit (local HS had it for $35) vs. the HobbyBoss 2A4. Just a few quick photos and observations:
(1)The Revell multi-piece lower hull goes together pretty well and with the two internal braces builds up into a solid piece. A lot of the deck parts are provided as separate pieces where they are molded in place on the Hobbyboss one:
(2)Separate Driver's hatch, different pattern of anti-slip patches. Plate in center has raised line whereas engraved on HB. (welded?) Hull periscope is wider on Revell:
(3)Proper number of grills, rectangular covers are provided in Revell for lower hull, not the exposed ovals as on the HB kit:
(4)Although I didn't assemble it yet, I think the rear bin will fit much better on the Revell kit (not so good on the HB kit):
(5)Revell has solid periscopes. I never noticed but the HB kit has the raised bit for the front left anti-skid patch; but not the texture. Also note the bolt pattern around the loader's hatch:
(6)Both have mold seams across the front faces of the turret. The Revell kit has some nasty sink marks on the mantlet front (already filled and sanded):
Some assorted sprue shots:
MAG-58 for NL version is a little anemic:
Little serial number castings on the road wheels:
Backs provided for the front armoured skirts if you choose to show them up for maintenance/transport:
In my opinion, I'm thinking the Revell kit has the edge over the HB kit.
Thanks for doing the comparison Jim. If the weather stays the same you'll have many more snow days for more comparisons! It should all melt by July!