ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 10/4 fur 2 cm Flak 30

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6739; Sd.Kfz. 10/4 fuer 2 cm Flak 30 - Smart Kit; 883 parts (426 in
grey styrene, 261 etched brass, 192 =93Magic Track=94 two-part links, 4
clear styrene); pre-order price US$48.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: provides the earlier version of the light SP antiaircraft
gun; uses proven DML parts from previous kits
Disadvantages: more than past time for a set of DS Plastic tracks for
this suspension; ridiculous amount of etched brass defeats the =93Smart
Kit=94 design mantra
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: for all German halftrack and =93duck hunter=94 fans
As I noted when the first kit of the Sd.Kfz. 10/5 came out, the
Germans were clearly the most adventurous and committed country in
working on halftracked vehicles during WWII, and had multiple classes
of vehicles covering the 1, 3, 5, 8, 12 and 18 ton classes on softskin
platforms and 1 and 3 ton fully armored chassis. The Sd.Kfz. 10
chassis =96 and its armored Sd.Kfz. 250 equivalent - were the mainstay
of the light end of the range.
Five different variants of the Sd.Kfz. 10 model were produced by
DEMAG, and the latter two =96 Sd.Kfz.10/4 and Sd.Kfz. 10/5 - were self-
propelled light antiaircraft variants. The differences between them
were slight - the /4 mounted the 2 cm Flak 30 and the /5 the 2 cm Flak
38. Both were apparently accounted for as one variant as the same
chassis was used for both vehicles, and a total of over 600 of both
variants was produced.
DML has now released the eariler version of this kit =96 it was an
obvious choice once its affiliate released the
complete FlaK 30 kit. This one combines an upgraded version of that
kit (now with a new set of wing nuts attached to the main sprue) and
some of the original Sd.Kfz. 10/5 sprues with a new set of wheels and
two new sets of body sprues but it also retains the Magic Track two-
part links.
The kit has a totally new hull pan with individual torsion bars for
the suspension and a complete engine and transmission assembly. The
modeler only has the street=94 tire choice (two piece types) for this
kit, but a new set of road wheels and new driver center are included.
As before, 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). No storage or rifles
are included with this kit.
The cargo bed is new with four built-in mounts for the FlaK 30
carriage and a very intricate one piece frame (part D11) for it. The
side frames are separate with etched brass grid inserts and ten spare
2 cm ammo magazines to mount on them. Oddly enough it also comes with
the stock Sd.Kfz. 10 cargo body which appears to provide some parts,
but DML forgot to use its =93blue-out=94 treatment on the parts layout to
show which parts are not used. This will confuse some modelers who
look to that to see which parts are used and which are spares.
The 2 cm gun is the complete DML/cyber-hobby item. But as noted when
it came out, the gun comes with a linked sight elevation system BUT it
is not operable. The best solution I can offer to those who wish to
build the gun in an elevated position is install the gun and the sight
arm (A26), set it at the desired angle, =93freeze=94 the gun with a drop
of liquid cement on the trunnions, and then install the sight
(assembly B) and its linkage arm (A41).
The FlaK 30 now comes with an extensive brass set, but this goes down
to bolt heads which are about 0.8mm in diameter. These apparently are
all of the details for the gun shield and in point of fact some are
not listed in the directions, albeit they are shown on the diagrams.
But as the original concept of the =93Smart Kit=94 was to get away from
the profusion of etched brass parts, this kit would seem to run
counter to that with over 200 etched brass parts on the frets. Note
that there are no styrene alternative parts for the gun shield.
Once more the kit retains 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 Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Three different finishing options are included, all =93Unidentified
Unit=94: 1939, panzer grey with registration WL-51201; 1939, panzer grey
with registration WH-129831; 1942/43, panzer grey with registration
WL-140597. All decals are on a Cartograf sheet; also, four masks for
the windshield are provided with the kit.
Overall this kit is a nice kit, but the proliferation of minuscule
parts runs counter to DML=92s stated =93Smart Kit=94 philosophy and if all
of them are used will try the patience of some modelers.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample
Cookie Sewell
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