ARM: Review - cyber-hobby.com 1/35 Opel w/2 cm Flak 38

Kit Review: cyber-hobby.com 1/35 scale Kit No. 64 (Dragon Models
Limited =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6716); German 3t 4x2 Cargo Truck (Early
Type Platform) - Smart Kit; 396 parts (368 in grey styrene, 18 etched
brass, 7 clear styrene, 2 preformed etched brass, 1 DS plastic); price
listed as US$50.99 via cyber-hobby.com
Advantages: all late parts and new early parts in same kit; modern,
well molded state-of-the-art kit; comes with corrected gun barrel for
2 cm FlaK 38
Disadvantages: two-piece tires a bit old fashioned
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for German softskin fans
DML=92s boutique affiliate cyber-hobby.cpm has now released a third
version of the Opel Blitz 3 ton 4 x 2 with the earlier high sided body
and eight-bolt wheels but now also offering the 2 cm FlaK 38 as a
mounted option. A total of 118 more parts are now included.
As noted before, the Opel Blitz =93S=94 model was created in 1936 and in
1937 entered full production with a 3.7 liter six-cylinder engine of
75 HP. It was the largest of three models with similar appearances and
designs (1, 1.5 and 3 ton capacity) and was built with both 4x2 (from
1936 to 1944) and 4x4 (from 1938 to 1944) configurations. Over 100,000
4x2 variants and 25,000 4x4 variants of the chassis were built with
numerous body styles including a tanker and a bus.
This kit comes with both the earlier body and wheels and the later
production items. This gives the modeler a wide variety of options if
he has the references needed for later models. The 2 cm FlaK 38 is now
an old =93friend=94 but this variant comes with the adapter plates and
skids for mounting on a cargo floor (Sprue E) as well as the new
longer and more accurate barrel for the 2 cm Flak 38 (J10, a separate
item but not noted as a replacement for the one on the J sprue marked
J1). As a point of fact, the directions ignore it!
As before this is a typical DML kit of recent vintage with lots of
slide molded parts =96 and far fewer of them than the armored vehicle
kits. The kit includes a nicely done radiator shell with open bars and
etched brass Opel Blitz badging. It comes with a complete engine and
nicely done hood frame for opening the hood to view the engine. Also
the driver=92s compartment is complete with all pedals, levers and
=93stick-on=94 instruments for the panel (A16). Doors have inside and
outside handles and separate clear windows.
The chassis is nicely done but the wheels are two-piece styrene
types; they are not bad but seem a bit old-fashioned considering DML=92s
outstanding molding capability. The kit comes with eight wheels and
tires but only uses seven (two singles, duals and a spare). This kit
provides extra wheel centers for the eight-bolt wheels as well as some
minor details.
The five-plank body has complete underside bracing and mounts but is
accurately spartan on troop seats =96 five transverse planks are it. Top
bows for canvas are provided but only in their stowed position at the
front of the body. Two tailgates are provided - one with top rails and
one without, but if you want a body without them you will have to
remove them yourself. But as noted this kit comes with the sides for
the earlier seven-plank body and a complete set of stowed top bows, as
well as additional latch and striker plate details for the sides and
tailgate.
Technical support was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Oddly only ONE finishing option is provided for the model: Regiment
(Motoristiert) =93Herman Goering=94, 1st Panzergruppe, Operation
Barbarossa 1941 (WL-112985, overall grey). A =93number jungle=94 is
provided for license plates as well as the divisional insignia on a
Cartograf sheet. Also masks are provided for the cab windows, always a
nice touch.
Overall, this kit offers another variation on the Blitz as well as
the corrected 2 cm gun.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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