ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. D w/3.7 cm PaK

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Series Kit No.
7280; Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. D w/3.7 cm Pak; 143 parts (132 in grey
styrene, 9 etched brass, 2 DS plastic track runs); price about US
$13.95
Advantages: complementary D model of very nice C kit from earlier this
year; nicely done Pak mount
Disadvantages: RP parts (as in right puny!)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German WWII "Small Scale" fans
Five months after releasing the "Stroke 10" platoon leader's vehicle
as a C model halftrack (no. 7314) DML has matched it with the D model.
This kit uses the same basic moldings as the previous D kits but with
a new set of G sprues for the gun and its assorted new fittings.
Missing from this kit however are the ammo racks which came with the C
model and their associated etched brass. The upper hull is the regular
welded Ausf. D 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 42 parts are not offered in
brass as with the C model - styrene only. Other RP parts include the
"Notek" headlight and mount and the drum magazines for the two MG 42
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 1944, in sand with a fineline
green overspray. 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, DML keeps pace with its small scale "Cs" and "Ds" for the
German halftrack fans.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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