ARM: Review - 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 10 w/3.7 cm PaK

Kit Review: 1/35 scale Kit No. 63 (Dragon Models
Limited 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6709); Sd.Kfz. 10 w/3.7 cm
PaK; 570 parts (352 in grey styrene, 192 Magic Track two-piece links,
22 etched brass, 4 clear styrene); pre-order price US$49.99 via Dragon
USA Online
Advantages: new variant of a recent kit; some parts changed from first
release; uses proven DML parts from previous kits
Disadvantages: more than past time for a set of DS Plastic tracks for
this suspension
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German halftrack fans
Early in the war the Germans came to the realization that towed
antitank guns were vulnerable to enemy counterfire during emplacement
and withdrawal, and so they began to experiment with making as many as
possible self-propelled on tracked chassis. The limitations usually
wound up being a lack of chassis more than anything else, and by mid-
war they were using purpose-built platforms for these conversions.
One of the first of these conversions was the adaptation of the 3.7
cm PaK 35/36 Rheinmetall gun to the Sd.Kfz. 10 one ton halftrack.
While the precise number of conversions is unknown, there appear to
have been two types: one which bolted a pedestal mount down to the
floor of the cargo platform and used only the upper carriage, and one
which modified the platform to take two special mounts that held the
axles of the original carriage in place. The latter had the advantage
that the gun could easily be removed and put back on its wheels for
towing, whereas the formed would need the complete lower carriage.
DML=92s boutique affiliate has now taken the Pak 35/36
kit (No. 6139) and some new mold sprues and their recent Sd.Kfz. 10/5
2 cm Flak kit (No. 6676) to create one of the latter conversions.
As before this kit essentially combines proven components but instead
of the Sd.Kfz. 250 road wheels it now adds new =93Sd.Kfz. 10/5"
dedicated road wheels and driver centers, something not present in the
original kit.
As its predecessor did this kit has a totally new hull pan with
individual torsion bars for the suspension and a complete engine and
transmission assembly. But this kit only offers the two-piece tires
and not the five-piece grooved variants from the later 250 kits.
The hood and grille are impressive as all vanes and louvers are
molded open and clear, with the ones on the hood being very petite and
neatly done (be careful as I would bet a thick coat of paint would
block them up and ruin the effect). As before the first eight steps
cover the engine, transmission, chassis and cab interior which is all
quite detailed. Note that the directions covering the assembly of the
rear body section (parts D22, D24 and D28 in Step 1) are not very
clear, as it appears D28 is a forward bulkhead and D24 the rear one
with D22 perched on top of both of them to create a seat-like
structure. This isn=92t clear until Step 9.
The complete Pak 35/36 kit is included as well as two new sprues with
the mounts for the wheelless carriage and the new cargo platform body.
It consists of a low floor, new fenders and a pair of carriage mounts
among other parts.
Again the kit uses the tiny Magic Track links of two parts each.
While they are nicely done and accurate, they are smaller than many
1/72 scale kits and very tedious to assemble.
Technical consultants on this kit were Thomas Anderson, Tom Cockle
and Gary Edmundson.
Only one finishing option is provided: 13th Panzer Division, Eastern
Front, 1941 (grey with license WH-632853). A tiny sheet of Cartograf
decals, mostly instruments and placards, is provided.
Overall this kit is an option for =93one tonner=94 fans.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample
Cookie Sewell
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