ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Pak 40 and Pak 36 double kit

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 scale Figure Pro Kit No. 7374;
7.5 cm PaK 40 w/Gun Crew + 3.7 cm PaK 35/36; 302 parts (301 in grey
styrene, 1 etched brass); retail price US$19.95
Advantages: nice collection of bits, detail parts, figures and guns in
one go
Disadvantages: may seem very expensive for two small guns and five
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for small scale German defenders and artillery fans
DML has now turned back to 1/72 scale (referred to in many aircraft
modeling circles as =93God=92s Scale=94) with a new set of two German
antitank guns, five crewmen, and a load of details and accessories all
in one box. The molding is top notch, and while the figures are only
48% the size of their bigger brethren they are just as well done and
come in just as many pieces!
At first blush this kit looks as it if should be oriented more on the
wargamer, but once you look at the figures and the two antitank guns
it is a step beyond that and more in the line of how much detail can
you handle in this scale?
The 7.5 cm Pak 40 is basically the complete gun found in some other
kits such as the Sd.Kfz. 234/4 or Sd.Kfz. 251/22 but now with a full
carriage. The model comes with a choice of wheel centers, three
different gun barrels (all slide molded), and two different caps for
the cradle. Trails may be left moveable at the modeler=92s discretion.
All of the muzzle brakes are hollow thanks to slide molding.
The 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 has been around as well in the form of Sd.Kfz.
251/10 commander=92s vehicles but also comes here with the full
carriage, and likewise has poseable trails. Ditto the muzzle of the
3.7 cm barrel being hollow from the use of slide molding.
The figures are identical in composition to their 1/35 scale =93Gen1"
compatriots in that each one comes in six parts: head, torso, legs and
arms. A slew of accessories is provided for each on in the form of
separate weapons, helmets, ammo pouches, canteens, mess kits, gas mask
canisters, pistol holsters (7.65mm or 9mm, two sizes) and entrenching
tool/bayonet sets.
It would seem very expensive for a 1/72 scale kit of items as small
as these, but if you totaled up what two gun kits, a figure set, an
accessories set and a weapons set would probably run and the cost is
pretty much a wash. Two ammo boxes and four rounds are provided for
the 7.5 cm gun but not a bit for the 3.7 cm one.
The sole etched brass part in the kit is the sliding cover for the
center of the Pak 40 shield.
Finishing directions are rather perfunctory, with the 37mm gun in
grey and the 75 in sand brown. A small sheet of Cartograf decals is
provided for the ammo crates and =93kill=94 rings for the gun barrel of
the Pak 40.
Overall this is really a goodly amount of detail bits for the money,
so in the long run it will probably be worth it.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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You have no idea how much my wife and I both laughed when we read that...
Thanks for the funny nod!
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