There are three 1/35 scale models of the E-100 (at least that I know of). The first is made by Dragon (or DML) It is a very fine model but difficult to find. Unfortunately it features the turret from the Maus. The second E-100 kit is made by Amusing Hobbies. While it does feature the in-game Krupp turret, the kit is also very difficult to find. The third kit offered by Trumpeter features a turret proposed by Henschel. The Trumpeter box art clearly shows the lineage between the King Tiger turret and the one from the Henschel E-100. On the positive side this kit is very good and readily available. My preference would have been the DML but availability dictated the Trumpeter kit.
The turret problem was resolved in the after-market. A resin Krupp turret is available from a British company, AlleyCat Models (Rhino Armour Models) . This after market product is designed to be used on either the Dragon or Trumpeter kits. More about the turret later.
The Trumpeter Kit
The kit is manufactured in Trumpeter's standard light grey plastic. This is a very easy plastic to work with. The detailing is very good but not as good as you would find on a DML Kit. I have no complaints on that score.
The Henschel Turret
A pity about the Henschel Turret. Very nicely made with a full breach and lots of exterior detail pieces. Spare treads for turret protection have been included (wish they had done that for their E-75).
Odds and Ends
No 1/35 armour vehicle would be complete without photo-etched brass parts and generic decals. In this case all the deck grills have been done. The decals are nicely on register
The vinyl single piece tracks are a little bit old school however they are very nicely detailed on both sides. Because of the large skirts on the vehicle the lack of sag on the track wont be too noticeable.
The Krupp Turret
The turret sub kit is modelled in resin so normal glue and patching techniques don't apply. Super glue is the recommended adhesive and two part milliput filler will be needed for mending cracks and seams.
Rhino provided a 128 mm gun barrel with their kit but despite the fact that it has a piano wire core it was still warped. The 128 mm gun barrel from the Trumpeter kit (shown here) will be used. I'm still researching the possibility of getting a 150mm gun from an after-market supplier.
As you can see in the photos the turret has pistol ports on both sides and through the rear hatch. Those ports are not featured on the in-game vehicle and will have to be patched over.
There will definitely be some MacGyvering going on with the turret base but it does not appear too difficult.