ARM: Review - DML 1/72 scale Sd.Kfz. 260 Kleine Panzerfunkwagen

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 scale Armor Pro Series Kit No. 7446;=
Sd.Kfz. 260 Kleine Panzerfunkwagen, 97 parts in grey styrene; pre-order pr=
ice $17.50 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: first kit of this particular vehicle; well-done and petite ante=
nna set
Disadvantages: single model now relatively pricey
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: to all German wheeled armor fans in small scale
DML continues its small scale light 4 x 4 German armored car series with t=
he dedicated radio command version. But whereas the earlier Sd.Kfz. 222 and=
Sd.Kfz. 223 kits gave a =931+1" kit with two in the box, this kit provides=
only a single vehicle.
The kit comes on three sprues of parts with separate one-piece upper and l=
ower hull sections. All parts attach to the hull. However, whereas the firs=
t two had turrets this one simply has a solid plastic grenade screen with t=
wo flip-out hatches for access to the sides. It also provides the =93rod=94=
type antenna vice the =93bedframe=94 antenna of the previous models.=20
The lack of an interior is understandable but a shame as DML also offers t=
he side doors as separate parts so it could be posed with the top and sides=
open. The chassis is fairly complete and the entire drive line (shafts and=
gearboxes) comes as a single unit. The wheels have separate hub protectors=
New parts are provided to the basic 222/223 parts to make the 260, but whe=
reas the directions note the new fenders for the left side they ignore the =
right side ones completely!=20
Two finishing options are offered: Unidentified Unit, 1941(grey, unreadabl=
e registration plates); Unidentified Unit, 1942 (sand with brown and green =
overspray, unreadable registration plates). Number plates are provided alon=
g with a number jungle, all from Cartograf, but no specific vehicle numbers=
are called out.=20
Overall this is a nice little kit but one in the box makes it more expensi=
ve than its two predecessors..=20
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.=20
Cookie Sewell
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