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E-50
German E-50 (50-75 tons)/Standardpanzer
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by: Charles Reading [ CREADING ]


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history & background
The concept of the E-50 was born from the idea that the newer tanks should utilize common interchangeable parts, be simplified and have ease of production. The E-50 was a design toward the end of the war that had several components produced but no single tank of this type was produced in total. Thus, this is known in the modelers world as a ‘paper panzer’ as in essence it was only produced on paper. There are several books that cover ‘paper panzers’ which include short sections on the E-50. The E50 running gear was considerably simplified as compared to the Panther G. The E-50 utilized a cantilever bolt on shock assembly, six of these replacing the 16 torsion bar found on the Panther. The E-50 used only one steel wheel per axle, two axles per bogie and three bogies per side. Total of twelve road wheels for the E-50 as opposed to 32 interleaving road wheels for the Panther. The E-50 hull was practically identical to the King Tiger in overall dimensions. The layout of the glacis plate differed. There are discussions that the E-series were to have been fitted with a rear transmission with the drive wheels being located in the rear. Doyle’s line drawings of the E-50 support this by showing a toothed rear sprocket. No drawings make any allowance for the space needed to actually have the transmission housed in the rear of the vehicle. The E-50 was to be armed with the 7.5cm Kw.K.42 with no muzzle brake fitted. There were plans for the 8.8 cm Kw.K43 L71.
packaging & contents
The kit comes in a sturdy 12”X16”X2.25” box (which is important if the model is stored in stacks for long periods like most modelers do prior to building) The single hull pieces are separated from the sprues with interior cardboard ‘walls’ within the box. There is no real information on the E-50 other than a paragraph printed on the side of the box which I believe to have been written by Bruce Crosby. No decals come with the kit. There is a photo-etch fret which includes the two round screens for the fans but they do not supply any of the other screens commonly found on the rear deck of the Panther or King Tiger. There are unused (extra) suspension parts for the spare box. Trumpeter offers two gun versions: the 7.5cm Kw.K.42 with all the appropriate mantlet armor or the 8.8 cm Kw.K43 L71, again with all appropriate mantlet armor for that gun.
kit overview
The kit is molded in light grey styrene and has very good detail and no flash. Minimal clean up of parts is required. The ‘dry fit’ of the major components is very good. I have assembled all the suspension parts and they fit together flawlessly.
Accuracy? This is a paper panzer and thus is open to a little speculation. As stated earlier, there is information available to show that this series of tank was slated to have the drive in the rear. Trumpeter has chosen to provide a ‘standard’ German type drive train with the drive sprockets forward.
There is also speculation about the tracks. Trumpeter provides a vinyl version of late King Tiger type combat tracks. I have read that the narrow transport tracks would be more likely. Again, this is all open to speculation since this is a ‘paper panzer.'
The Sprues

Sprue A: The two A sprues consists of the running gear and suspension components.
Sprue B: Sprue B contains the side skirts, rear panel, fenders, exhaust pieces, pioneer tools, body hatches.
Sprue C: Sprue C holds the turret pieces and infrared system parts.
Sprue D and E Two choices of gun tubes and associated mantlet armor.
Sprue K Sprue K contains the clear plastic cupola periscopes.
Schmalturm turret, upper hull, lower hull.
Photo Etch Fret: The PE fret contains round fan screens, various clamps, exhaust detail
Everything else: The box also holds 0.8X450mm brass wire for tow cables, two sections of vinyl “rubber band” style tracks and a standard six page instruction booklet with 17 build steps. A color paint guide with one scheme, two side, top, front and rear is included. The paint guide cross references colors by Mr. Hobby, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya and Humbrol
Conclusion
A really nice model. Goes together well and is a wicked looking tank. Thank goodness that the war ended when it did and these didn‘t actually reach production. As with any series that never reached production, there will be different interpretations about what is accurate and what isn’t.

SUMMARY
Highs: Interesting subject, molded well. Inclusion of PE and brass tow cable is a nice touch.
Lows: Trumpeter could have provided more written historical reference material. Trumpeter provided a ’paint scheme’ based on speculation so why not provide some speculative decals? Individual tracks along with the vinyl ones would have been nice.
Verdict: A good kit with plenty of room be ‘adjusted’ by the builder should they feel the need to ‘accurize’ according to what they believe the tank or version they are depicting should look like.
Percentage Rating
88%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 01536
  Suggested Retail: MSRP:$49.95
  Related Link: manufacturer website
  PUBLISHED: Apr 24, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.80%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.63%

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About Charles Reading (CReading)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...

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APR 25, 2010 - 12:21 AM
Should work now Charles, thanks
APR 25, 2010 - 02:02 AM
Thanks for the review Charles ! Another interesting "what if" to build !! Cheers jjumbo
APR 25, 2010 - 04:14 AM
Thanks for the review Charles. Got the both E50 and E75 the other day and thought that I got shortchanged as no decals were in the boxes. They could have at least put in some basic markings in it. Still a much welcome what-if kit. Cheers -- Tat
APR 25, 2010 - 10:58 AM
I've not done a Trumpeter kit yet. How does the quality and realism compare to the other big names?
APR 28, 2010 - 08:38 PM
Wow, hard to believe that Axis fans get what-if-tank model kits by a major manufacturer. Review makes the kit more intriguing. It's always interesting to see what-if Nazi dioramas, too.
APR 29, 2010 - 12:09 AM
Trumpeter kits can be hit and miss depending on how old the kit is as they tended to have very large knock out marks in some badly chosen places. The older the kit the more likely the problem is going to be encountered, however the KV tanks are excellent and score very highly in all areas. Trumpeters latest offerings are very good taken as a whole.
APR 29, 2010 - 02:10 AM
Thanks for the quick feedback!
APR 29, 2010 - 04:29 PM
i ordered the on 16/06.i got 7 days later i looks a good kit waiting for same paints.
JUN 30, 2010 - 05:27 PM
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