Amusing Hobby 1/35 Ferdinand with interior part 1.


I have seen the Tiger exhibition in Bovingdon, and there is an article on armorama worth reading.

I never really liked the way the Ferdinand looked- the JagdPanther had a much sleeker outline. However, it was a very intruiging vehicle due to Ferdinand Porche’s unique solution for powering this monster, which in itself made it a must to have a model with an interior.

There are only a few illustrations available of the interior of the tank online:

There is, however, a book available if you fancy buying one (and understand German -although the photos alone would be enough I suspect).

Until now there was only one option for interior: Jaguar’s set, which only consisted of the fighting and the driving compartments -not the interesting (for me at least) bits.

It is well-worth watching the Tank Museum’s Tank Chat of this tank destroyer -although regrettably they did not climb into it.

Here are some photos I took of this vehicle.

Anyhow. I decided to start this model out of the stash. The model, in general, looks simple and easy to build, despite of the complex interior – a great news indeed after the previous tribulations. The part number is suprisingly low for a kit like this, which, after the RFM Panther, is definitely welcome news… There are some annoying ejector pin marks, however. (See photos below.)

Things to keep in mind: painting and building are very interconnected. The instructions will not take into consideration the fact that several parts will be needed to be painted together, or just the opposite, need to be painted separately… I already made a couple of mistakes of gluing parts into place without thinking about how to paint them later on. This is a normal thing with all the complex models; it is up to the modeller to modify the sequence as they see fit.

The decals leave something to desire: there are no decals for the interior or the ammunition. I suspect I will just use Verlinden’s interior set, and the leftovers from the RFM/Takom Panthers for the ammunition -whomever can read the stencils can complain they are not correct for 88mm.

The engines do not have V-belts; they can be added with very little effort. If you want to do so, here is a good page for reference.

I really like that Amusing Hobby offered an alternative for tracks: either individual track links, or if you can’t be bothered with the tedium of assembly, a flexible rubber-band-like option. There is a jig provided for assembly but it is not that easy to make the tracks workable. The point of contact between the track links is really tiny, and it is very easy to get glue where it should not be,

Interior overall has a good fit, and it is well designed; so far I am really happy with the model. The fit is so good some parts are held in place firmly without glue. A lot of the parts on the photos are only dry-fit, not glued -except for those two cylinders behind the driving compartment, which I unfortunately glued in. They will need to be painted with a brush in situ.

19 thoughts on “Amusing Hobby 1/35 Ferdinand with interior part 1.”

      1. Useful link to get info on the Maybachs. What material did you use for the V-belts?


      2. Just a relatively thick, black synthetic black thread (stole it from my wife). It is barely visible even without the superstructure, so it should do fine.


  1. Just started my own build of same model. Plan to follow your progress and perhaps share some tips. The book you mentioned is available in English too now. Very good read and useful for modelers.
    Good luck!


    1. Great news! (It is a bit too late for me, but I might buy it just because the whole model is intruiging.)
      Thank you for your comment; I will keep posting updates (spoiler alert: the model is going together surprisingly fast and easy so far. The individual tracks seem like a chore, though.)


      1. I’ll swap my English version for your German any time: just let me know. Actually I didn’t know there even was a German version… Anyway, got to work to the drivers compartment and (based on book and pics from the real Elefant 102) had to change quite a bit there. You can see it all through clear top and open hatches so it pays off. In short: bulkhead, right hand seat, compressed air tank and radio placement (plus missing transformer cases) were all redone. No problem since it is fun to do.
        Btw: I also visited Bovington to see the beast live. Very impressive.


    2. Dear Peter, Thank you, and apologies I was not clear: I did find the German book, but by then I was elbow deep in the model… It would have been great to get before I started the build. :/ Oh well. I will be doing a review of it for Armorama, and I will try to find photos online on the driver’s compartment; I am not that happy now that it is not accurate. (Still a great model, though. I just don’t like that they were sloppy a bit.)


      1. Good to hear you’re doing an Armorama review. The kit really deserves that since it is really special. Got the idea that Amusing Hobby was more or less overtaken by Liejon Schoot’s project and his by now famous book on the Elefant. AH actually postponed issuing the kit by a year after discovering a number of flaws. They must have read the book too. A few sprues were changed and improvements made as far as possible. Must have cost them a lot. No matter what: thanks to them we have this great model and an Elefant version to follow.
        You can best take Schoot’s interpretation on the driver’s compartment interior as an example: he’s done a lot of research also with the help of the people from the Aberdeen/Ft Knox Museum.
        Other tip for info: the German publisher Motorbuch Verlag published an excellent book too with lots of info and pics on this beast. It includes quite a lot of new Facts on the interior and an extensive list on the changes made to create the Elefant ‘upgrade’. It is written in German however. Luckily I can read that.
        Looking forward to your part 2 and the Armo article!

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  2. It feels like you should be writing a review – you have an awful lot of interesting information about the kit -and the tank destroyer. Thank you for sharing! As soon as my finances stabilize (i.e. get a job abroad again) I think I will invest in these books even if it will be a bit too late for this build. (The German is a big issue for me… parts of my family is of German descent, and instead of teaching the language to me, it was used as a secret language whenever they wanted to discuss something they did not want me to understand. So 1. I did not learn German when it would have been real easy as a small child 2. I developed a deep seated dislike to the language which made it almost impossible to learn it later for lack of willingness. Now I am sorry I did not try, but that is a bit too late now; I lack the time and energy to start learning it again… :/


  3. Maybe I’m just picky, but I am finding a lot of sloppy molding and vague instructions with this kit. Subject is excellent, but this kit requires a lot of forethought. Don’t get the glue out until you are sure where everything goes, and paint each subassembly as you go. Better to look at this as 4-5 different kits that come together than as one build.


    1. Thank you for sharing your experience; it is weird how different people can see and experience the same thing Some things were not well designed with the kit -for example the frontal armor plate. There were some fit issues with the superstructure (I had to cut the air filters down a bit), but overall it was not a horrible build. Now that I built it once I know how I would build it again to avoid these issues, but overall I found it an OKish model. (I built some horrendous, old ESCI and other kits, so I guess my standards are lower :D) It is certainly not the “just shake the box” Tamiya engineering.


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