Sd.Kfz. 251/21 Ausf. D "Drilling"
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Media/Contents, Description and Price
||Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale
‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6217; Sd,Kkz. 251/21 Ausf. D "Drilling"; ; 1,124
parts (797 parts in grey styrene, 264 "EZ Trak" links, 28 etched brass,
11 "DS" vinyl, 10 aluminum, 8 clear styrene, 2 turned brass, 2 silver
paper, 2 grey vinyl); retail price around $33.95
||First kit of this version of this
vehicle in this scale; lots of leftover parts; complete crew of six
provided, two in "DS" cementable vinyl
||Huge number of parts and tiny
details mind-numbing to some modelers
||Highly Recommended for all German
Armor Modelers and "Duck Hunters" (AAA fans)
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The Germans, for all their failings, were nothing else if not thorough in their
conceptual thinking, and they were among the first to see the value of having
all necessary vehicles for an armored formation use the same chassis. They made
good use of their ubiquitous 3-ton medium halftrack chassis, using it for not
only mechanized infantry units with embedded command and control, but also for
engineers, medics, antitank and close support artillery, special purpose
vehicles, and antiaircraft guns.
The more compact of the two was the Sd.Kfz. 251/21 which mounted triple MG151/15
15mm revolver cannon on a pedestal in the dismount section of a slightly
modified Ausf. D variant of the vehicle. This installation got it the nickname
"Drilling" (triple), which was a term generally applied to a very expensive
sporting gun with two shotgun barrels and one rifle barrel in one assembly.
While the 15mm Mauser cannon was later found to be inefficient (and bumped back
up to 20mm, as the two guns used the same action with different barrels and
chambers) the concept was very sound. The mount put out up to 2,250 rounds per
minute, which was more than capable of downing an Allied aircraft. Even at the
end of the war, German tactical AA weaponry was considered very dangerous, and
P-47 pilots assigned to low level battlefield air interdiction missions at one
point were given a life expectancy of four hours or two missions.
DML has now added this variant to their growing stable of halftrack variants,
and as such their now-standard 251 D model components get 166 more parts on four
sprues to provide the pedestal mount and triple gun assembly. More than enough
parts are provided (you actually get four guns) as well as a three-sided shield
which DML proudly notes is the result of their slide molding technique. These
are apparently the 20mm version of the MG151, as the turned aluminum rounds (3)
and casings (3) are full caliber; the 15mm was a necked cartridge. (Yes, there
are INDIVIDUAL rounds and casings included!) The muzzle ends of the guns are
also from turned aluminum and are very tiny bits.
The majority of the kit parts follow the tried and true DML "Mix and Match"
system: C, D, E, and X sprues from the generic 251 parts; A and B from the
specific D model set; F, G and T sprues unique to this kit; and L sprue from the
251/22 SP 7.5 cm antitank gun variant. Note that you are supposed to use the
upper hull from the L sprue (251/22) and not the A sprue (251 D model generic.)
A new fret of etched brass is provided to add detail to the lower chassis pan (X
) which has been somewhat spartan in previous kits.
The kit again comes with two sets of tracks - early ones on the sprues and "EZ
Trak" with links and pads in two separate bags. The latter are ready to
assemble, as well as more accurate for the late-war variants like this one (the
"Stroke 21" only came out in 1944.)
Figures include two "Dragon Styrene" cementable vinyl figures and the four
figures from kit #6191 ("Achtung, Jabo!" ) as the crew. The "Stroke 22" kit L
sprue also provides extra legs and lower torsos for the parts box, but no upper
The kit also includes clear styrene blocks for the viewports, vinyl uniform
parts, and optional position tool boxes (I think this is the first 251 kit that
option has been provided on, showing DML is still responding to requests by
modelers.) Molds have also been cleaned up and improved with more details now on
the road wheel sets.
The kit comes with four (!) decal sheets – one set of instruments with black
faces, generic white and black tactical number jungles, generic license plate
sheet, and a set of divisional or regimental markings.
Finish options are given for two generic vehicles: one with a three-color
red-brown/green/"Panzerbraun" mottled scheme and one in overall "Panzerbraun."
Neither one has a known unit listed, and only minimal marking information and
one set of license plates.
Overall this is a popular conversion of the 251 series, and having a kit of this
quality should be well received. Modelers should not be put off by the huge
number of parts, for nearly half of them are either optional or excess, and will
fill up a parts box nicely.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review samples.
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Last updated 14 February, 2005
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