ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Sd.Kfz. 251/1 with 3.7 cm Pak 35/36

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Armor Pro Series Kit No. 7352;
Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C and 3.7 cm Pak 35/36; 150 parts (145 in grey
styrene, 4 etched brass, 1 length of stiff wire); price about US$19.95
Advantages: very nice, clean model of this popular vehicle in =93small
scale=94; unique but effective method of assembling running gear; towed
=93doorknocker=94 nicely done
Disadvantages: RP parts (as in right puny!)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German WWII =93Small Scale=94 fans
In one of their continuing revisit and redo cycles, DML has now
released a welded version of their 251 halftrack as the C model
(welded) with towed 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 antitank gun. This is virtually
the same as their kit No. 7371 (Ausf. C riveted hull) but does not
have the riveted upper hull parts in styrene or the etched brass rivet
strips for the lower hull.
Like its predecessor from September 2008, DML has combined their
Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf. C kit with with the 3.7 cm gun on the roof of the
fighting compartment and a new ground carriage for the gun. Therefore
the kit is as previous models.
The lower hull is a single piece pan, less the rear area, and the
axles are molded on the lower hull. The running gear for each side
consists of a rear (inside) wheel section, a center wheel section,
three outer road wheels, and drivers. Once installed the connectors
between the individual wheels on the inside and the center are not
visible, so it helps speed up assembly while making it easier to get
things aligned. Tracks are the gluable DS plastic, so you can also get
them to settle down on top of the road wheels with some care.
Interior bits include the various control levers, rifles, MP
submachine guns, and other items. The hinge mechanisms for the doors
are single pieces, but are non-operating types. They cement to the
lower rear section, as the upper hull has the rear angular parts of
the hull attached to it. The four front viewers are separate parts and
can be cemented either open or closed as well, as is the hood assembly
with two flaps. No engine or interior is provided for the engine bay.
The fenders are one-piece units with the stowage bins still closed
parts. RP parts include the =93Notek=94 headlight and mount and the drum
magazines for the two MG 34 machine guns. The weapons appear to be
very close to scale, something I don=92t recall from other manufacturers
in the past!
The Pak 35/36 gun is very neatly done with a =93slide molded=94 open bore
so it is up to speed with the larger kits. The gun comes on a small
sprue of two parts and a full carriage of 17 parts comes on another.
The modeler has a choice of towed or deployed configurations, and the
gun is very petite and nicely done. No brass gun shield option is
provided of the gun.
Directions are standard DML fare, but due to the fewer parts in their
1/72 series kits they are not as busy and much easier to read.
Technical advice was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Painting and marking options are provided for four vehicles: one from
Panzerdivision =93Grossdeutschland=94, Eastern Front 1942 (grey with white
outline crosses and markings); Pz.Rgt. 110, 11th Panzer Division,
Kursk 1943 (sand with green patches, grey gun); 24th Panzer Division,
Eastern Front 1942 (sand with green stripes, grey gun); Pz.Rgt. 12,
4th Panzer Division, Kurland 1944 (three color scheme, black 232, sand
gun). A sheet of Cartograf decals with targeted markings and license
plate =93jungles=94 are provided.
Overall, again a nice effort and another =93gap filler=94 in the 251
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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