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

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale =9139-=9145 Series Kit No.
6677; Sd.Kfz. 10/5 w/Armored Cab fuer 2 cm Flak 38; 803 parts (501 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: kit now adds detailed armor set for the cab of the vehicle
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
DML has now taken its very nice Sd.Kfz. 10/5 kit (No. 6676) and added
43 more parts which cover the addition of an armored cab for the
driver and commander.
As noted in the previous review, there were two self-propelled
antiaircraft versions produced =96 Sd.Kfz.10/4 and Sd.Kfz. 10/5. 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. I do not have information as
to how many /5 models got the armored cab.
As before it combines proven components from their 2 cm single-barrel
Flak 38 kits with the running gear from their line of Sd.Kfz. 250
light armored halftracks. There were some comments that DML erred in
the basic 2 cm FlaK by using the ground-based version of the gun for
its measurements. This one now adds a new gun assembly which is
slightly longer and apparently corrects this problem.
The kit retains the 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.
Steps 13-15 cover the armored cab which comes with complete viewers
and their mechanisms as well as all bracing as separate items. The
armored radiator covers are included - a bit of a necessary shame as
the radiator is a lovely piece of molding - as well as all of their
mounting brackets as well.
The basic 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.
Three different finishing options are included: Unidentified
Luftwaffe FlaK unit, vicinity of Rome, 1943 (tricolor stripes, no
number plate); Unidentified unit, Eastern Front 1944 (red brown over
sand, 43 =93kills=94, no number plate); Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front
1941 (panzer grey, no number plates). All decals are on a Cartograf
sheet; also, four masks for the windshield are still provided with the
kit as well as the windshield even though the armored cab replaces
them!
Overall this kit should be very popular as it is state of the art and
the correction to the 2 cm gun will be appreciated.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample
Cookie Sewell
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