ARM: Review - cyber-hobby.com 1/35 scale Opel Blitz with Early Body

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; 278 parts (254 in grey styrene, 16 etched
brass, 7 clear styrene, 1 DS plastic); price listed as US$39.95 via
cyber-hobby.com
220 parts (206 in grey styrene, 7 clear styrene, 7 etched brass);
price US$39.99 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: all late parts and new early parts in same kit; modern,
well molded state-of-the-art kit
Disadvantages: two-piece tires a bit old fashioned; price suspect
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for German softskin fans
DML=92s boutique affiliate cyber-hobby.cpm has jsut released a second
kit of their very nice Opel Blitz 3 ton 4 x 2 with the earlier high
sided body and eight-bolt wheels. A total of 48 new parts have been
added to the earlier kit.
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 the earlier body and wheels but as noted above
the complete earlier kit (cyber-hobby No. 60, DML No. 6670) comes in
the box so the modeler has a choice of which parts he wants to use
(photographic evidence and GOOD references should prevent goofs in the
options which can be used together).
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.
Seven different finishing options are provided for the model: 21st
Panzer Division, North Africa 1942 (sand with white markings,
WHJ-337048); 10th Panzer Division, North Africa 1942 (sand with white
markings, no number); 15th Panzer Division, North Africa 1942 (sand
with white markings, no number); 334th Infantry Division, North Africa
1942 (probably wrong unit - sand with white markings, no number);
164th Light Division, North Africa 1942 (sand with white markings, no
number); 7th Panzer Division, France 1940 (grey with white crosses,
white markings, no number); and Headquarters, 4th Motorized Infantry
Regiment, =93Grossdeutschland=94 Operation Barbarossa 1941 (grey with
white markings 20 G, no number). 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. But I am
curious about pricing; the last kit pre-ordered via Dragon USA Online
for $39.95 but the retail price was listed at $100. This is incredibly
dear for a model which has two completing kits against it and defies
logic.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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