ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 10/5

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6676; Sd.Kfz. 10/5 fuer 2 cm Flak 38; 760 parts (448 in grey styrene,
192 Magic Track links, 114 etched brass, 4 clear styrene, 2 preformed
etched brass); pre-order price US$43.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: dramatic change in detail and quality over previous ESCI
kit; 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 and =93duck hunter=94 fans
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.
More than 30 years ago ESCI released its kit no. 5018, which provided
their version of the DEMAG 1 tonner with the ESCI 2 cm Flak 30 kit and
a crew of five as their version of the Sd.Kfz. 10/4. While popular
with modelers it had a number of basic problems (starting with rather
spartan molding and mediocre figures) and over the years fell behind
the leading edge of the hobby. Now after many years of speculation and
heckling by modelers, DML has released a brand-new kit of this vehicle
in its similar Sd.Kfz. 10/5 variant.
The new kit essentially combines proven components - good or bad,
based on point of view =96 from their 2 cm single-barrel Flak 38 kits
with the running gear from their line of Sd.Kfz. 250 light armored
halftracks. In this kit 106 parts come from the 2 cm Flak 38 (less the
Sd.Anh. 51 trailer chassis) and the complete running gear from the 250
- 90 wheel and tire parts and of course 192 parts for the Magic Track
two-part links. All of the rest are brand new.
The kit has a totally new hull pan with individual torsion bars for
the suspension and a complete engine and transmission assembly. The
modeler has a choice of either new =93street=94 tires (two part types) or
the five-piece grooved variants from the later 250 kits. In point of
fact the first eight steps of construction cover the chassis and
engine components.
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). Note that more variants are
clearly planned as in Step 8 four locating blocks on the top of the
rear of the chassis pan have to be removed before mounting the gun
platform. A storage case for three Kar 98K rifles mounts on each
fender but only four rifles are included.
The gun platform comes with a one piece and very intricately molded
subframe (with many =93tags=94 from molding overflow to be removed, but at
least note that usually eliminates =93short shots=94 or incompletely
molded parts). The side frames are separate with etched brass grid
inserts and ten spare 2 cm ammo magazines to mount on them.
The 2 cm gun is a now familiar DML item and comes with four sets of
elevation braces so angles can be preset from 0 to 20, 40 or 60
degrees elevation. Options provide for both early and late mount
designs.
There are four seats included for the gun crew which mount on the
rear platform.
The one bugaboo with the kit is that it still 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 Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Six different finishing options are included: 21st Panzer Division,
Normandy 1944
(sand with green stripes, WH-6042074); 3rd SS Panzergrenadier Division
=93Totenkopf=94, Eastern Front 1943 (sand with white markings); 1st SS
Panzergrenadier Division LAH, Kursk 1943-44 (sand with white
markings); 2nd SS Panzer Division =93Das Reich=94, Fastov 1943-44 (sand
with green stripes, white markings); Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front
1943-44 (sand with green stripes and white kill markings); 1st SS
Brigade (Motorisiert), Panzergrenadier Division LAH, Eastern Front
1942 (grey with white markings). All decals are on a Cartograf sheet;
also, four masks for the windshield are provided with the kit. The
latter is welcome as compared to the 8 ton class halftracks it=92s nice
DML realized they have both front and back sides!
Overall this kit should be very popular as it is state of the art and
has a number of different possible options.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample
Cookie Sewell
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