ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale 15 cm s.IG.33 Howitzer and Crew

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Kit No. 6261; 15
cm s.IG. 33 Infantry Gun Mechanized Towing w/Crew; 265 parts (242
parts in grey styrene, 10 DS plastic, 9 etched brass, 3 clear styrene,
1 turned aluminum); retail price estimated at US$29.95
Advantages: first kit of this gun on this carriage in styrene; crew
figures offer many different poseable options due to large number of
spare arms
Disadvantages: none noted
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German early war and artillery fans
The 15 cm German s.IG. 33 dated back to World War I, but was evolved
during the interwar period by the Germans to introduce this new model
in 1927. They later converted them for both mechanized towing (e.g.
rubber tired wheels vice steel or wood) and self-propelled mounts.
This is the same s.IG. 33 used on previous DML =93Smart Kit=94 SP
variants but it now comes with the full lower carriage and trails, two
sprues with its wheels (one for the wheel accessories and one for the
new =93highway=94 wheels with rubber tires) and one more for its
ammunition. This provides eight rounds of 15 cm ammunition and also
two of the 97 kg =93Stick Bomb=94 rounds for clearing obstacles. Four DS
plastic =93rattan=94 like shell cases for transport and two rattan mats
are also provided.
The howitzer now offers two different sets of cradle parts but only
one (B sprue) is used its entirety. The directions here are much
better than some in the past and cover most options. The only thing
not covered seems to be how to use the =93Stick Bomb=94 projectile as once
its launch (firing) tube is added it will not fit in the muzzle of the
aluminum barrel.
The simulated rubber tires are molded using =93Slide Molding=94 with the
sprue attachment points on their outer edge so that the treads can be
molded cleanly. These are also handy as they reduce the amount of
cleanup time .
The figure set is the same one offered for the 54/60 cm =93Karl Geraet=94
SP mortar and comes with a total of 17 arms for six figures. Each base
figure comes in six parts (head, torso, legs and then arms) but no
weapons are included (which is more accurate for indirect fire
artillerymen). However, the original Ron Volstad artwork is now
reduced to blue, black and grey on white, so you will have to use the
box art for reference (which does NOT look like any of Ron=92s work).
The project was supervised by Hirohisa Takada and technical
assistance Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson. Artwork is by Ron Volstad.
Two finishing options are provided along with a sheet of targeted
Cartograf decals: basically either grey or sand brown. The decals
provide for section/battery letters (A-G).
Overall this is a very nice kit of a stocky but effective weapon (and
also beats the competing AFV Club weapon to the market).
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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