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Media, Contents and Price:
|Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale
‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6246; Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C Rivetted Version
|Media and Contents:
|511 parts (449 in grey styrene, 54
in etched brass, 8 in vinyl)
|estimated at USD$34-37.00
|What the 30-year-old Tamiya kit
SHOULD have looked like; very nice set of options to make a showpiece
out of the box
|Vinyl driver figure may not be
popular with painters; fine brass parts may be beyond desire of some
modelers to use; small two-piece track links get mixed comments from
|Highly Recommended for all German
and halftrack fans
Dragon's 1/35 scale Panzer I Ausf. B will
be available online from Squadron.com
The Ausf. C variant of the well-known German 3-ton halftrack family (mittlere
Schuetzenpanzerwagen) entered production in 1940 and became the first true mass
-production version of the vehicle, being produced by six different factories –
Hanomag (the designer), MNH, Schichau, Wumag, Weserhuette, and Borgward. Both
riveted hull and welded hull versions were produced until late 1943, when the
ballistically superior (and simpler) all-welded Ausf. D went into production.
While less common than the welded variant, it was nevertheless a standardized
When the Tamiya Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C halftrack kit came out in late 1973, many
modelers rejoiced that a decent kit of this vehicle – complete with a nice new
set of dismount figures – was going to finally be available. And for the time,
had there been any interest in it, the 251 would have gone head on head with the
famous Tamiya "88" kit for Kit of the Year honors.
But the bloom wore off the rose pretty fast. First off, it did not take too long
before most serious modelers suddenly realized this kit was nearly a scale foot
too narrow. Second, all of the big tall strapping German infantry scaled out at
between 5'2" and 5'4", not very strapping; they also turned out to be quite
stocky. Also, as research continued, it turned out to have been based on several
prototypes, most notably the rusted-out C hulk at APG, which were not standard
DML have now released their version of that vehicle, the C model with the early
riveted hull, and it is quite a difference. It is essentially the earlier welded
hull kit with some minor differences – a new H sprue of the major riveted
components of the hull, a new MA brass fret that includes hinges for the view
ports in the interior, and the German Panzerjaegers - Eastern Front 1944 (#6058)
figure set included as well.
The kit therefore has a wealth of details and comes with everything but the
engine for the drive line. This version apparently uses the wooden seats, so
those are the ones shown in the directions. There are supplemental instructions
for the view port details, so I recommend that if you do want to use the brass
parts you stop at step 9 and carry out the work prior to assemblying the hull.
(The supplemental directions only tell you how to assemble the brass, but not
which step to do that in.) If you're REALLY REALLY good you can probably even
get them to work!
The vinyl driver figure may elicit some groans when modelers see him. However,
according to Freddie Leung of DML this is now made from the newer "glueable"
vinyl that can be assembled with normal model cements. The reason he cites is
that this is the only way to make it easier to get the figures painted AFTER the
model is done and then installed in their normal places; hard plastic figures do
not flex and therefore would have to normally be installed prior to cementing
the hull halves together. Since the directions no longer call out for ACC
cement, I assume this to be the case. Also, there are two extra jackets and a
pair of shoes made from vinyl as well.
The two-part single link tracks are not popular with some modelers, but I have
talked to others that call this particular set a snap. If you use a thicker
gel-type plastic cement like Vollmer Superzement S-30 or Tamiya Orange Cap they
can be made to operate as well as assemble fairly quickly.
Only one finishing option is included – for a vehicle from the 6th Panzer
Division in Russia – but decals are provided from a new master sheet and the
license plate set seen in the previous kit, so any sort of option is possible if
you have a photo reference to use.
Overall, this is another very nice effort and a good deal for the money.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Cookie
Page Created 22 August, 2004
Last updated 21 August, 2004
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