ARM: Review - DML 1/72 Scale Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. C w/3.7 cm Pak

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Series Kit No.
7314; Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. C w/3.7 cm Pak; 166 parts (149 in grey
styrene, 15 etched brass, 2 DS plastic track runs); price about US
$14.95
Advantages: nice continuation kit with very nicely done Pak mount and
racks
Disadvantages: RP parts (as in right puny!)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German WWII "Small Scale" fans
After a pause of about a year DML has returned to their small scale
family of German C model halftracks with the "Stroke 10" platoon
commander's vehicle. The idea was that by giving the platoon leader
his own direct engagement firepower he could eliminate threats to his
platoon.
This kit uses the same basic moldings as the previous C kits but with
a new set of G sprues for the gun and its assorted new fittings. The
upper hull is the regular welded Ausf. C one. 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, but the stowage bins are only
offered as closed parts. The front MG 34 shield is offered as either a
single piece of styrene or a three-piece etched brass option. Other RP
parts include the "Notek" 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't recall from other manufacturers in the past!
The Pak 36/37 gun is very neatly done with a "slide molded" open bore
so it is up to speed with the larger kits. The gun and mount consist
of 9 parts but an optional brass gun shield is also provided in the
kit. Inside the hull the modeler has a choice of a single piece
stryrene ammo rack or a combination styrene and brass ammo rack on
each side of the hull, with the ammo cans provided separately and a
single brass frame to be bent and fitted over them.
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. These
have some of the detail painting colors shown which breaks up the
monotony of black and white with blue trim for the directions.
The model comes with but one offering for finishing, the ubiquitous
"Unidentified Unit" on the Eastern Front 1942, in Panzerbraun. However
it comes with two nice sheets, one being a "number jungle" for the
hull and the other being generic license plates, so the modeler with
good references may choose his own subject.
Overall, again DML has another nice offering to small scale
modelers.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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