SDV Model 2011-2012 Catalogue

Product Review: SDV Model 2011/12 Katalog (Catalogue); 24 pp;
published by SDV Model, Prague, Czech Republic (http://
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; price unknown
Advantages: Nicely presented coverage of all of the products of this
company, URLs and data for ordering direct
Disadvantages: none noted
Recommendation: for any 1/87 scale armor or civilian vehicle collector
or wargamers wanting a more complete selection of vehicles, especially
support types
Most Americans (and many other nationalities) who build armor tend to
choose one of three scale groups: 1/35, 1/48, or 1/72-1/76. But in
central Europe there are a large number of modelers who, for a number
of reasons, concentrate on 1/87 scale or model railroad HO. This quite
often has to do with living in small apartments and as such a handful
of 1/35 scale models would soon start vying for living space with the
occupants.
As a result, there is a large number of model companies who cater
exclusively to these modelers. The best known in the West are probably
ROCO, Roskopf and Trident, but there are many others, especially with
civilian vehicles. Many of the better known ones here are Herpa (who
now owns ROCO and Roskopf), Wiking, Brekina, Kibri, and Albedo. But
there are others, and one I have always liked is SDV from the Czech
Republic.
I have been collecting and building SDV=92s line of military vehicles
for some time now, and it was with the arrival of this catalogue this
week that I became aware of how large their product line really is.
This nicely printed and presented catalogue covers all of their lines
of HO scale kits: 87xxx military models, XXX civilian models, 1XXX
civilian model accessories and finishing materials (e.g. paint and
decals), 2XXX civilian kits with resin bodies, 4XXX HO model railroad
items, 6XXX fortifications, and 7XXX helicopters. Some of these come
pre-painted and pre-decorated, and others are typical model kits
requiring the modeler to paint and decal them on his own.
SDV offers well over 400 items in its catalogue, but of most interest
to armor fans are their 120 (and growing) armor models. These include
WWII armored vehicles that cover the entire range of TNHP Praga tanks
through Warsaw Pact vehicles of the 1950s-1980s, new Russian vehicles,
and Czech and Polish produced vehicles from the Cold War era. SDV
offers all of the T-72 tank family from the T-72 through the T-90
Model 1992 and some of the Czech and Slovakian derivative vehicles.
They also offer the entire family of BVP vehicles - the Czech version
of the BMP-1=96 and many BMP-1 variants.
The other vehicles include Tatra and Praga trucks from the Warsaw
Pact days as well as several Polish Mazur artillery tractors. A few
artillery pieces are also available such as the D-44 85mm field gun
with MT-LB tractor.
The kits all come completely knocked down and require care in
assembly, but have more details than most of the ROCO models still on
offer. This includes track sets with separate road wheels and drivers/
idlers for the tanks, as well as optional position hatches and other
nice touches.
If you do not have access to the catalogue, the models covered within
can be seen at the listed website.
Thanks to Jan Podubecky for the copy of his catalogue.
Cookie Sewell
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