ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale LRDG Patrol Car w/2cm Cannon

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale Armor-Pro Series Kit No. 7504; Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/2cm Cannon; 72 parts in grey styrene;
pre-order price US$19.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: nicely done Breda gun and mount; nicely done body and cab
Disadvantages: wheels only half molded with no backs
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: for all 1/72 Desert War fans
    Following on its first release of a LRDG Chevrolet truck based on a cut-do wn 1941 Chevrolet light truck with military body and sand tires, DML has no w released a second version fitted with a captured 2 cm Breda gun.
    The Cannone-Mitragliera da 20/65 modello 35 was an automatic 20mm antiairc raft gun that like its German 2 cm Flak 38 counterpart could be used for an ti-material and antipersonnel tasks as well. It could fire 200-220 rounds p er minute and was in wide use. It was quite popular with all sides and the British fitted them to captured vehicles when possible to increase firepowe r.
    This is a virtual repeat of the earlier LRDG kit (No. 7439) but with a new sprue for the Breda parts. It captures the personality of the ?41 Chevy (which once again due to trademark demands is now called a ?Patrol Car? rather than a Chevrolet truck) and the British military pattern body. It s till comes with two Enfield rifles, a Lewis gun with cooling jacket on a pe destal mount with separate drum, a ?flimsy? of gas (only one!) and the rolled tarps on the front fenders. No radio is provided but it also comes w ith the lockers as separate parts, a sand channel and tent poles for the ca nvas.
    The cab is neatly done with the modified grille shell and a false radiator front that mounts behind them to be visible. There are no pedals in the co ntrol area, nor any engine or transmission upper bits.
    The chassis is simple with a one-piece driveline, separate springs and fro nt axle, and separate exhaust. But the wheels are still only half-molded wi th no back sides, which is surprising in this day and age with the molding skills DML possesses. Oddly enough a back side and wheel rim are clearly ev ident on the directions.
    The gun comes with a solid muzzle flash hider as DML used the other end of the mold in a slide in order to provide twin separate hand grips; this is actually a smarter idea as it is easier to drill out a muzzle than separate grips. It comes with the intricate leverage frame for aiming the gun that balanced it and the oversized traverse wheel for rapid tracking.
    Finishing directions are included for two vehicles: ?Te Aroha?, T Patr ol, Libya 1943 in the ?Caunter? scheme , and an unidentified vehicle in sand, green and pinkish brown with no markings. A set of Cartograf decals is included along with a number jungle for census numbers for other vehicle s.
    Overall the gun is a nice improvement but it still seems more oriented on wargamers model than scale modelers.
    Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.      Cookie Sewell
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