ARM: Review - cyber-hobby.com 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 250 New mit 5 cm Pak 38

Kit Review: cyber-hobby.com 1/35 Scale Kit No. 76 (Dragon Models Limited 1/ 35 scale ?39-?45 Series Kit No. 6720); Sd.Kfz. 250 Neu mit 5 cm PaK 38
- Smart Kit; 486 parts (292 in grey styrene, 168 ?Magic Track? two-piec e links, 16 etched brass, 8 clear styrene, 2 turned brass); price HK$388 (a bout US$51) but import price not available
Advantages: another interesting ?one-off? kit
Disadvantages: could have benefitted from DS plastic one-piece track runs
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German halftrack fans
    The latest release in the realm of ?one-off wonders? from DML?s bout ique affiliate cyber-hobby.com is a conversion of a late production Sd.Kfz. 250 halftrack into a self-propelled 5 cm PaK 38 mount. This vehicle (of wh ich only one is known and is in an Austrian museum) basically consisted of removing the rear plate from an Sd.Kfz. 250/1 personnel carrier, extending the sides and reattaching the rear plate, and adding the mount for the uppe r carriage of the PaK 38 in the enlarged crew compartment. Roughly approxim ating a mini-Sd.Kfz. 251/22 version in both function and appearance, it is not known how well this vehicle fared in combat (as it was captured apparen tly at least it did not attract the wrong kind of attention!)
    This kit essentially is the ?Premium? version of the Sd.Kfz. 250 Neu s eries kits with the addition of the complete PaK 38 kit and 36 new parts fo r the conversion. As before, the biggest single item is the presence of a o ne-piece ?slide molded? lower hull replacing three parts in the origina l 1999 series kits. The suspension arms have been redone and also the drive sprocket mounts. The engine from the original add-on kit is again included , which is a nice touch.
    DML has not yet switched to their DS plastic for tracks for these kits. Ag ain, this kit uses the ?Magic Track? precut links with a separate pad f or each link to ?trap? the pins of the next link. This is very tedious work as the tracks are about the same size as the average 1/72 scale model; again, for a ?Premium Edition? kit DML should consider DS Plastic mold ing techniques to make single-section track runs.
    As with the standard ?Stroke 1", the tracks do mount on better detailed three-piece drivers, and the front wheels are now ?sandwich? moldings t o create both proper tread pattern and tread depth (five parts per tire.)
         The external stowage bins still have separate access panels, so all four c an be displayed in the open position. The kit now again includes the Sd.Kfz . 251 clear styrene viewers, which can also be shown either open or closed. A second set of 12 etched brass parts (not on the original directions but on a supplemental sheet) are included to replicate the one-off?s fittings .
    Technical assistance and work on this kit was provided by Hirohisa Takada, Minoru Igarashi, Thomas Anderson, Tom Cockle, and Gary Edmundson.
    The model comes with one finishing option: Unknown Unit, Eastern Front 194 4 (tricolor mottle, white crosses, no registration number). The generic she et of markings for license plates and stenciling is from Cartograf.
    Overall this is another interesting one-off vehicle.
    Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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On Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:15:15 PM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

1/35 scale ?39-?45 Series Kit No. 6720); Sd.Kfz. 250 Neu mit 5 cm PaK 3 8 - Smart Kit; 486 parts (292 in grey styrene, 168 ?Magic Track? two-pi ece links, 16 etched brass, 8 clear styrene, 2 turned brass); price HK$388 (about US$51) but import price not available

utique affiliate cyber-hobby.com is a conversion of a late production Sd.Kf z. 250 halftrack into a self-propelled 5 cm PaK 38 mount. This vehicle (of which only one is known and is in an Austrian museum) basically consisted o f removing the rear plate from an Sd.Kfz. 250/1 personnel carrier, extendin g the sides and reattaching the rear plate, and adding the mount for the up per carriage of the PaK 38 in the enlarged crew compartment. Roughly approx imating a mini-Sd.Kfz. 251/22 version in both function and appearance, it i s not known how well this vehicle fared in combat (as it was captured appar ently at least it did not attract the wrong kind of attention!)

series kits with the addition of the complete PaK 38 kit and 36 new parts for the conversion. As before, the biggest single item is the presence of a one-piece ?slide molded? lower hull replacing three parts in the origi nal 1999 series kits. The suspension arms have been redone and also the dri ve sprocket mounts. The engine from the original add-on kit is again includ ed, which is a nice touch.

Again, this kit uses the ?Magic Track? precut links with a separate pad for each link to ?trap? the pins of the next link. This is very tediou s work as the tracks are about the same size as the average 1/72 scale mode l; again, for a ?Premium Edition? kit DML should consider DS Plastic mo lding techniques to make single-section track runs.

d three-piece drivers, and the front wheels are now ?sandwich? moldings to create both proper tread pattern and tread depth (five parts per tire.)

can be displayed in the open position. The kit now again includes the Sd.K fz. 251 clear styrene viewers, which can also be shown either open or close d. A second set of 12 etched brass parts (not on the original directions bu t on a supplemental sheet) are included to replicate the one-off?s fittin gs.

a, Minoru Igarashi, Thomas Anderson, Tom Cockle, and Gary Edmundson.

944 (tricolor mottle, white crosses, no registration number). The generic s heet of markings for license plates and stenciling is from Cartograf.

Hello Cookie, Just wondering if you might know anything about ESCI company or It's Models, I recently purchased a 1/35 scale 1 Ton Half-Track Sd.Kfz. 10 with M-18 Howitzer kit # 5008.
Do you know when this kit was released or possibly know someone who might know about this kit or it's company.
I would appreciate this info very much.
I have read many articles and model reviews or model builds from you many times and have followed your instructions for kit building.
Please keep it up - You have helped me a lot..
Thank you RLT
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ron tufigno wrote the following on 11/28/2012 5:45 AM (ET):

scale ?39-?45 Series Kit No. 6720); Sd.Kfz. 250 Neu mit 5 cm PaK 38 - Smart Kit; 486 parts (292 in grey styrene, 168 ?Magic Track? two-piece links, 16 etched brass, 8 clear styrene, 2 turned brass); price HK$388 (about US$51) but import price not available

affiliate cyber-hobby.com is a conversion of a late production Sd.Kfz. 250 halftrack into a self-propelled 5 cm PaK 38 mount. This vehicle (of which only one is known and is in an Austrian museum) basically consisted of removing the rear plate from an Sd.Kfz. 250/1 personnel carrier, extending the sides and reattaching the rear plate, and adding the mount for the upper carriage of the PaK 38 in the enlarged crew compartment. Roughly approximating a mini-Sd.Kfz. 251/22 version in both function and appearance, it is not known how well this vehicle fared in combat (as it was captured apparently at least it did not attract the wrong kind of attention!)

kits with the addition of the complete PaK 38 kit and 36 new parts for the conversion. As before, the biggest single item is the presence of a one-piece ?slide molded? lower hull replacing three parts in the original 1999 series kits. The suspension arms have been redone and also the drive sprocket mounts. The engine from the original add-on kit is again included, which is a nice touch.

Again, this kit uses the ?Magic Track? precut links with a separate pad for each link to ?trap? the pins of the next link. This is very tedious work as the tracks are about the same size as the average 1/72 scale model; again, for a ?Premium Edition? kit DML should consider DS Plastic molding techniques to make single-section track runs.

three-piece drivers, and the front wheels are now ?sandwich? moldings to create both proper tread pattern and tread depth (five parts per tire.)

be displayed in the open position. The kit now again includes the Sd.Kfz. 251 clear styrene viewers, which can also be shown either open or closed. A second set of 12 etched brass parts (not on the original directions but on a supplemental sheet) are included to replicate the one-off?s fittings.

(tricolor mottle, white crosses, no registration number). The generic sheet of markings for license plates and stenciling is from Cartograf.

Here's something on the company. http://www.swannysmodels.com/ESCI.html
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Bill
In Hamptonburgh, NY
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Hi Bull,
ESCI was a contemporary of Italeri and was around from about 1975-1995 when it went bankrupt. ERTL bought some molds which went to AMT but most of them are now back in the hands of Italeri.
The 1-ton was one of their better kits -- not in the same league as the DML ones but not too bad. The 7.5 cm howitzer was also reasonably good. Their figures were plain awful though.
Cookie Sewell
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On Friday, November 30, 2012 4:30:24 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

went bankrupt. ERTL bought some molds which went to AMT but most of them are now back in the hands of Italeri.

ones but not too bad. The 7.5 cm howitzer was also reasonably good. Their figures were plain awful though.

Er, BILL! Fast fingers and no coordination...
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