ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Brummbaer Early Production w/Zimmerit

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6596; Sd.Kfz. 166 Stu.Pz. IV =93Brummbaer=94 Early Production w/Zimmerit -
Smart Kit; 1,130 parts (777 parts in grey styrene, 260 =93Magic Track=94
links, 73 etched brass, 10 etched nickel, 9 clear styrene, 1 twisted
steel wire); estimated price US$59.95
Advantages: first new version of the early Sturmpanzer; adds zimmerit
paste finish; complete main gun assembly and partial interior; choice
of options and assembly
Disadvantages: =93Magic Tracks=94 not appreciated by many modelers
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German heavy armor and Panzer IV series fans
When the Germans first introduced their heavy 15 cm =93Sturmpanzer=94
assault gun, it had a number of features which did not prove to be an
advantage. These included the lack of an under armor machine gun for
infantry suppression, various clunky design features such as a poorly
laid out driver=92s armored compartment and a lack of a commander=92s
cupola. After 52 were built the design was improved and the remaining
236 vehicles corrected those deficiencies.
This kit follows on No. 6500 (the later production Sturmpanzer with
zimmerit) but modifies or adds new sprues to cover the differences. A
total of 136 new parts are provided in this kit to better represent
the early version.
As with Kit No. 6500, the zimmerit coated parts are the casemate, the
lower hull sides, the upper and lower glacis, the rear plate, the
fender tips, the driver=92s enclosure and hatches, the pistol port
plugs, and a few smaller bits. Paint dots locate the places where the
modeler will have to drill out holes for mounting various bits to the
model.
The casemate includes some interior details and a complete gun and
mount. The periscopic sight also projects through the roof of the
casemate, and all hatches may be shown in the open position (but again
other than the gun there is not much to see!) The kit retains the
standard new generation Pzkw. IV firewall and optional position engine
deck hatches as well.
The kit uses most of the previously generated Pzkw. IV generic parts
but most of the mid-production Sturmpanzer parts are here replaced by
Pzkw. IV generic parts. It still provides the etched nickel side
shields for the =93full-up=94 vehicle. These are nicely done but will need
care as the mounting brackets are all plastic; modelers may wish to
=93etch=94 the surface a bit with a chemical blackener so the adhesive of
choice (either cyanoacryalte glue or epoxy) can =93bite=94 and hold it in
place.
Due to the earlier model =96 and presumably as DML only makes the late
40 cm tracks in DS Plastic =96 this kit reverts to the older =93Magic
Track=94 single link handed track sets. Modelers who are happy with the
former will be disappointed but the =93Magic Link=94 tracks are at least
accurate and easier to use than some others.
Technical assistance on this kit was provided by Notger Schlegtendal,
Steven Van Beveren, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
There are only two suggested finishing options, both for a single
vehicle in sand with green stripes: with or without side skirts. A
small sheet of Cartograf decals is provided for the model.
Overall this is a nice kit with the zimmerit in place.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review example.
Cookie Sewell
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