ARM: DML 1/72 Hummel

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Kit No. 7244;
Sd.Kfz.. 165 Hummel Early Version; 168 parts (146 in grey stryene, 18
etched brass, 2 in DS plastic, 2 pre-bent wire); price US $11.95
Advantages: new, fresh kit of this vehicle using the excellent chassis
parts from the two previous Nashorn/Hornisse kits; gun captures chunky
look of the original
Disadvantages: may have some shared parts from the other kits which are
not quite precisely suited to the Hummel
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German and artillery fans
Last summer DML released a pair of Sd.Kfz. 164 kits, first a Hornisse
and then the later Nashorn, using the Gw III/IV chassis. The kits
apparently proved popular, and now the first of the Sd.Kfz. 165 Hummel
kits using the same chassis has been released.
This is the early model "pulpit" style driver's compartment
version, and the main difference between it and the 164s is the 15 cm
gun and mount. The new gun comprises 23 parts, several of which meet my
RP (right puny) criteria and will need to be handled with care.
I am no expert on the Hummel but the interior seems a bit spartan and
I see no sights or other kit for the Hummel which I recall being there,
so am sure someone will come to the rescue later on. However, what is
provided seems accurate according to the references I have, so if DML
has committed any mistakes they are those of omission and not
commission, which is easier to fix later on.
The kit comes with pre-bent spare wheel brackets from wire as well as
a choice of etched brass or plastic radiator exhaust grilles on the
sides of the casemate. It also uses DML's DS plastic tracks, which
are cut a bit long to allow for sag.
Decals and finishing options are provided for five guns: unidentified,
Eastern Front1944; two from "Das Reich," Normandy 1944;
unidentified, Eastern Front Winter 1944; and one from the 5th Panzer
Division, Russia 1944.
Overall this is a nice kit and shows DML continues to meet the needs
of small scale modelers.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
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