ARM: 1/35 scale German OVM Upgrade Sets

Kit Review: (Dragon Models Limited) 1/35 scale Upgrade
Sets for German Tools and OVM
Kit No. 3873; OVM Tool Set for Czech-Based German Light Panzer; 57
parts (45 in grey styrene, 12 etched brass); retail price US$8.95
Kit No. 3875; OVM Tool Set for Pz. IV Ausf. D/E; 40 parts in grey
styrene; retail price US$8.95
Kit No. 3876; OVM Tool Set for Pz. IV Ausf. F/G; 27 parts in grey
styrene; retail price US$8.95
Kit No. 3877; OVM Tool Set for Panther G; 23 parts in grey styrene;
retail price US$8.95
Advantages: nice, sharp new state-of-the-art moldings can upgrade
older kits
Disadvantages: may require changes to recipient kits to accept new
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for the related German vehicle family kits
One of the early weaknesses of 1/35 scale (or any scale, for that
matter) models was the tendency of model manufacturers to =93simplify=94
construction and in doing that they tended to mold many small parts on
the large components of kits. A particularly egregious victim of this
policy were OVM =96 Outer Vehicle Materials, a US term covering all
items strapped or bolted on the outside of a vehicle which were
necessary to simplify crew functions, repairs or carrying spare parts
themselves, including =93pioneer tools=94 - shovel, axe, sledge hammer and
mattock or pick in US service.
Later, starting about 1968, manufacturers began to provide them as
separate parts but quality tended to vary quite a bit between very
good and not much better than toylike quality. This continued until
recent years when the manufacturers began to provide either decent
tools with scale fastenings (to avoid the long problem of =93magic=94
tools that clung to tanks without any visible means of attachment) or
separate brass straps and hold-down loops.
DML=92s affiliate has also begun to release the OVM
sets from recent DML kits as separate offerings. These permit
upgrading kits from other manufacturers or older DML offerings to
current levels.
Set 3873 covers the Praga TNH series light vehicles (e.g. Pzkw. 38
(t), Marder III, 15 cm Grille vehicles, Flakpanzer, and Hetzer) and
includes etched brass tie-down straps. It provides the jack, a shovel,
wire cutters, an axe, tanker=92s bar, sledge, and fire extinguisher
among other components.
Set 3875 covers early Pzkw. IV vehicles and provides all of the
lighting, tools, jack and jack block, fire extinguishers, tow cable
hooks, and cleaning rods.
Set 3876 is for the later Pzkw. IV vehocles and provides a multi-part
jack, tools, cleaning rods, tow cable hooks, and starter crank.
Set 3877 is for the Ausf. G Panther and provides a multi-piece jack,
tools, tow cable hooks, fire extinguisher, headlight, and other bits.
All of these parts are included with current DML kits, but being
offered separately permits upgrading older DML kits or those from
other manufacturers with state-of-the-art components.
Overall this is a nice offering for a reasonable price and should
help get some older projected moved towards completion.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review samples.
Cookie Sewell
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