Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.D
Three in One
Dragon/DML, 1/35 scale
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Media, Contents and Price:
||Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale
‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6223; Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. D "3 in 1"
|Media and Contents:
||1,117 parts (805 in grey styrene,
224 EZ Track links, 33 in grey DS plastic, 22 etched brass, 9 in tan DS
plastic, 8 brass grab irons, 8 clear styrene, 5 turned brass, 2 chrome
stickers, 1 length of nylon string)
||estimated at USD$34.00
||Very full box offers a bewildering
variety of options for completing the vehicle; many, many accessories
and finishing options
||Sd.Kfz. 251 family beginning to
overwhelm modelers with variety and options, may be self-limiting in the
long run due to confusion or too many "niche" variants
||Highly Recommended for all German
WWII fans or friends of the "picks and shovels"
Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.D Three in One will
be available online from Squadron.com
The Germans were among the first modern armies to realize that combined arms
meant just that – all of the branches of the army working in unison for a common
goal were more effective than each branch performing its separate mission. (For
comparison, the Soviets considered "combined arms" to be tank and motorized
rifle units, period.) As they either mechanized or motorized their forces, they
created specialized vehicles for the combat support arms to ensure direct
support to their combat arms troops in the field.
The specialized engineer version of the Sd.Kfz. 251 halftrack, the Stroke 7
variant, provided their combat engineers (sappers) with a way to move forward in
support and carry all of the necessary kit for a given mission with them. This
vehicle carried two small footbridges for crossing ditches and trenches, various
mines and explosives, hand-held flamethrowers, mine detectors, pioneer tools and
other essential items needed to carry out combat missions. Most units quickly
added planks to the bridge carrying frames to provide extra stowage for more
items outside of the body of the vehicle. Most of the conversions, also called
Geraet 907, were made to Ausf. C and D production vehicles.
DML released a C model of this vehicle a few months back, and now the more
popular D body style has also been produced as a kit. Here DML has outdone
itself, for the new version of this vehicle comes with a total of 132 new parts
as well as the complete figure set #6024 of combat engineers, as well as the
10th Anniversary DML upgrade sprue for German figure sets. Many of the parts are
in the new DS plastic cross between vinyl and styrene, and cover the mines,
fuses, detonators, carry packs, wire and detonating machines, etc. carried by
combat engineers. (One could wonder how all of that will fit into the finished
This kit comes with most of the "goodies" that DML has been including with their
kits over the past year, such as etched brass, EZ Track (track links off the
sprue ready to assembly). DS driver figure, and turned brass details. It also
comes with the complete upper carriage of the schwere Panzerbusche 41 – "Gerlich"
gun – as an option.
This line of kits has proven to be popular and for the current price tag it is
very hard to beat. Modelers need not be intimidated by the huge number of parts,
for about half of them are optional or replace other parts as necessary.
The kit comes with four decal sheets (!) consisting of instrument panel dials, a
number jungle, a standard sheet with numbers and license plates, and a
divisional markings sheet. Finishing instructions are provided for no less than
nine Stroke 7 machines in France, Italy and the Russian front. One is in white,
two are in Panzerbraun, and the rest sport two and three color camouflage
patterns. Care will have to be taken during construction to ensure the right
options are used for these variants; note that DML has sorted them into three
groups (ergo the "3 in 1" kit moniker on the box top) and provides instructions
for general assembly of each group. Six are Group 1(Pioneerpanzerwagen), one is
Group 2 (Pioneerpanzerkommandowagen), and three are in Group 3 (Pioneerpanzewagen
mit 2.8u cm sPzB 41).
I summary, this is another stunner from DML and an amazing kit value for what
the model offers. I only hope all of the variants – after 30 years of a very
poor C variant and 15 years of either a Stroke 1 with rockets or a Stroke 22
with 7.5 cm Pak 40 – are not confusing the modelers in the shops to the
detriment of DML's sales.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Cookie
Page Created 24 April, 2005
Last updated 23 April, 2005
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