ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Neubaufahrzeug Nos. 3-5

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 scale Armor-Pro Series Kit No.
7438; Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr. 3-5; 79 parts (77 in grey styrene, 2 DS
plastic track runs); pre-order price US$19.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: first kit of this vehicle in this scale in styrene; use of
slide molding simplifies construction
Disadvantages: nothing major noted
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all small-scale early war German armor fans
For all 1/72 scale armor fans, DML has taken its 1/35 scale kit of
the developmental Neubaufahrzeug tank and redone it in small scale.
As with its larger brothers, the =93Neubaufahrzeug=94 (new construction
vehicle) =96 Nb Fz for short =96 vehicles used Rheinmetall developed
hulls, first with a Rheinmetall rolled plate turret and then a faceted
Krupp one. Prototype 1 had the former and Prototype 2 the latter
design, and all three pre-production machines used the Krupp design.
The Rh-B turret also mounted its unique twin gun arrangement (one 3.7
cm antitank gun and one 7.5 cm support howitzer) one above the other,
whereas the Krupp turret placed them side by side (7.5 cm on the
right). Initially the small turrets were planned to mount twin MG 13
7.92mm machine guns, but in reality only fitted single weapons. A
third MG 13 was mounted in the mantlet of the main turret as well.
While all of them were built between 1934-35 they were still under
test in 1940 when it was decided to send the three O-series tanks to
Norway. One was destroyed but the other two were later returned to
Germany.
This kit is a smaller version of the bigger kits but due to the
smaller scale and excellent us of slide molding eliminates a large
number of parts and all of the etched brass. The entire upper hull and
sponsons are molded as a single piece with many of their details in
place, and it is a spectacular piece of work. The lower hull is
actually a single piece belly and two running strips for the
suspension units; however, here all of the bogies comprise a single
unit with only the lead bogie wheel separate.
Much of the kit=92s design parallels the larger ones but wisely here
the tracks are single piece DS Plastic runs.
The two =93wing=94 turrets consist of five pieces each with closed
hatches. Only the commander=92s hatch in the main turret is a separate
part. It comes as a three-piece =93dustbin=94 cupola but if you wish the
hatches opened you have to split them yourself.
As these were the =93combat=94 versions of the tank, the directions
provide for five different options that cover the three armored
versions. Two are in grey and brown camouflage as with Pz.Abt.z.b.V.
40 in Norway and three are for them in Germany in 1940 with turret
numbers 8, 9 or 10. A sheet of Cartograf decals with dedication
markings for vehicle 10 is also included.
Overall 72ers are going to be pleased with this kit and as it is
simplified but with nearly all of the details of its larger brother
captured should be popular.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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