ARM: Review - 1/35 scale 8.8 cm Flak 37 auf Pzkw. IV Ausf. H

Kit Review: 1/35 scale Kit No. 57 (Dragon Models Limited =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6667) 8.8 cm Flak 37 Auf Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H - Smart Kit; (793 in grey styrene, 216 =93Magic Track=94 links, 71 etched brass, 18 clear styrene, 7 aluminum, 1 twisted steel cable, 1 length of steel chain); estimated price US$69.95

Advantages: probably only kit of this combination that will ever be released

Disadvantages: =93Magic Track=94 not popular with some modelers; another =93one off wonder=94 from

Rating: Recommended

Recommendation: for collectors and anyone modeling singular vehicles

At the very end of the war the Germans were absolutely frantic to find weapons to oppose the Allies on both fronts and as such would try to mount any useful weapon on any functioning chassis. This particular combination, of which at least two may have been converted, is typical of that fervor. Mounted high on the chassis and without any stabilizer jacks or spades, this could only have been used in head-on firing and even then would probably start breaking suspension components after a few rounds. (Note that the similar concept of the =93Nashorn=94 at least had a purpose-built chassis and a very narrow arc of fire as well.)

This latest effort from DML=92s boutique subsidiary is another low rate oddity which always strikes me as focused more on collectors than modelers. Forgive my cynicism, but model companies that kit one-off models of the very exotic, strange and marginally useful armored vehicles when they have no real place in the history of armored vehicles are something I find puzzling. I understand things like the Maus and E=96100 =96 one of the former actually being completed and one of the latter being nearly built - but frantic field conversions such as this kit are something we modelers used to prefer to do on our own.

Granted, in today=92s market if I wanted to model this one-off vehicle it would cost me about $50 for the Pzkw. IV chassis and another $40 for the 8.8 cm gun, but I would at least have a spare turret and Sd.Ahn. 202 carriage and mount base to show for it and which could be used for other projects.

What this kit comprises is =96 to paraphrase Dan Aykroyd on =93Saturday Night Live=94 =96 is =93Box O=92 Parts=94. It provides most of the componen= ts from the initial DML Pzkw. IV Ausf. H kit (No. 6300) with those from the 8.8 cm Flak 36/37 kit (No. 6287) with a single sprue of six new parts and a new engine deck element. These parts basically seal off the casemate section where the turret used to mount, add a hole for the pedestal of the Flak 37, and provide some accessories from the 8.8 cm kits.

Technical assistance and support for this kit come from Notger Schlegtendal, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

Finishing directions are either for =93Unidentified Unit Germany

1945" in a three color patch scheme with hard edged painting or three color patch scheme using a softer sprayed on effect. A tiny sheet of Cartograf decals (two black crosses) is provided but no markings are shown in the painting directions.

Overall the constituent parts are up to DML=92s high standards =96 it=92s just the concept which leaves me cold.

Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.

Cookie Sewell

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i have the same reaction to all those so called "luft '46" kits. let's see, willy went to the local haus for a few beers and while the boys were getting tanked, he sketched out an 11 engine jet and parasite bomber concept on his napkin, complete with herman looking on and looking like a fat strummelpater.. this "prototype" is a must have resin wunderkit with the 3 main daydream unit markings and parts to build the variation willy had in the herren room while taking a whiz. the best part is the low, low price of $311! cookie, you certainly nailed the head of the beast.

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snipped-for-privacy@some.domain wrote: : : i have the same reaction to all those so called "luft '46" kits. : Is this really any worse than 4 manufacturers churning out every variant of the Bf-109/Me-109 between them, with the main variants covered by all four manufacturers?

Or the 7 manufacturers churning out P-51 variants?

Or the book about "Modeling the P-51", and the cover features, wait for it, a P-82 Twin Mustang?

Are we sure Chance-Vought never doodled a float F4U varient? I need one to go with my Wildcatfish. :-)


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Bruce Burden

i hear al s's voice telling us to build what we like the way we like..... floats for everyone! i can comprehend the bigboys doing the 109-or 51 kits until the last trump if they make money enough to do a few oddballs. i still like hacking the lindberg 234's to make all the v prototypes. where else can you make both 4 engined flavors for cheap money? it makes scratching fun and the motors sre the only really hard part. work that spares box!

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