ARM: Review - 1/35 scale 2 cm Flak 30

Kit Review: 1/35 scale Kit No. 66 (Dragon Models
Limited =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6722); 2 cm FlaK 30; 89 parts (84 in
grey styrene, 5 etched brass); pre-order price US$22.99 via Dragon USA
Advantages: new kit of this seminal German light AA cannon
Disadvantages: no trailer or crew
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: for all =93duck hunters=94 and German AA fans
All of the combatant nations in WW I quickly realized that with the
advent of aircraft specialized guns would be needed to knock them down
or keep them at bay. Machine guns worked well at low altitude (250
meters or less) and cannon firing shells with time fuses at high
altitude, but neither one was particularly successful. During the late
1920s and early 1930s the emphasis was to switch to rapid-firing light
cannon with shells that exploded on impact, and the Swiss were the
first one to create a range of such weapons in the 20mm range. While
they created the famous Oerlikon gun in 1921, they also had the
Solothurn weapons later in the decade.
When the Germans went to secretly rearm in the early 1930s one of the
weapons they looked at was the Solothurn S5-100 2 cm gun, whose rights
were purchased and placed into production in 1935 as the 2 cm FlaK 30
by Rheinmetall-Borsig. In service it proved very reliable but had a
low rate of fire (280 rpm cyclic) and only could mount 20 round box
magazines. Nevertheless it was produced from 1935 to 1940 when the
Mauser 2 cm FlaK 38 replaced it. It was also used as the basis for the
2 cm KwK 30 tank cannon.
Over 35 years ago ESCI produced a kit of the Sd.Kfz. 10/4 one ton
halftrack with the Flak 30 and a separate Flak 30 kit as well. The
latter came with an Sd.Anh. 51 trailer for the gun, and both came with
crews. But the gun was not the best and ESCI=92s figures were less
attractive than even the Tamiya figures of the period. Recently DML
has released all of the variations on the 2 cm Flak 38 and its various
platforms, as well as single guns and assorted crews. Now they have
released this weapon via their boutique affiliate
The kit is totally new from the ground up and comes on a single sprue
of plastic. A good deal of DML=92s slide molding has been used on the
gun and as such it comes with a hollow muzzle and a number of undercut
details on some of the larger parts. The gun shows its Swiss
influences with a lot of odd bits that seem to do very little!
The first step covers assembling the carriage base and leveling feet.
As it is fired by foot pedal two are included (A53/54). The gun is
assembled in Step 3 and requires some 11 parts as the ejector port
protector (MA4) is an etched piece. The kit comes with a very clunky
one-piece speed ring sight or an optional styrene ring with brass
The gun comes with a linked sight elevation system BUT it is not
operable. The best solution I can offer to those who wish to build the
gun in an elevated position is install the gun and the sight arm
(A26), set it at the desired angle, =93freeze=94 the gun with a drop of
liquid cement on the trunnions, and then install the sight (assembly
B) and its linkage arm (A41).
However, the gun comes with only a single magazine as an accessory
(two counting the one on the weapon). No carriage is provided nor is a
crew of any sort, which considering the price is a bit expensive for
value received.
Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson are credited with technical support.
Only one finishing option is provided: Unidentified Unit, Eastern
Front 1940 (grey overall). No decals are provided with the kit.
Overall it is a beautifully done model but is a bit
stingy on the options.
Expect a Sd.Kfz. 10/4 kit to follow sometime in the future.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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