Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Kit No. 7301; Sd.Kfz. 165 Hummel Late Version; 152 parts (146 parts in grey styrene,2 etched brass, 2 in DS plastic, 2 pre-bent wire); price about US $11.95
Advantages: "the other shoe" drops on the Hummel series
Disadvantages: may have some shared parts from the other kits which are not quite precisely suited to the Hummel
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German and artillery fans
Last summer DML released a pair of Sd.Kfz. 164 kits, first a Hornisse and then the later Nashorn, using the Gw III/IV chassis. Three weeks after releasing a kit of the early model Sd.Kfz. 165 Hummel, DML completes the cycle with the later model. This model has one part replaced to provide the later wide driver and radio operator compartment section, but all other parts appear to be basically identical with the previous kit (7244).
As the rest is identical, there is little new to say. The gun comprises 23 parts, several of which meet my RP (right puny) criteria and will need to be handled with care.
I am no expert on the Hummel but the interior seems a bit spartan and I see no sights or other kit for the Hummel which I recall being there, so am sure someone will come to the rescue later on. However, what is provided seems accurate according to the references I have, so if DML has committed any mistakes they are those of omission and not commission, which is easier to fix later on.
The kit comes with pre-bent spare wheel brackets from wire. However, it does not provide the early kit's etched brass or plastic radiator exhaust grilles on the sides of the casemate; instead, it comes with two single piece etched brass shrouds for the late model hull. It also uses DML's DS plastic tracks, which are cut a bit long to allow for sag.
Decals and finishing options are provided for six guns: unidentified unit, Eastern Front 1945; three from unidentified units, Eastern Front1944; "Das Reich," Eastern Front 1944; and one from an unidentified unit, Eastern Front Winter 1944.
As before, this is overall a nice kit and shows DML continues to meet the needs of small scale modelers.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.