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As was not surprising from the parts breakdown in the two new Dragon Hornisse/Nashorn
kits, now they have offered up the first of probably two new Hummel kits as
well. While the number of parts sounds intimidating, keep in mind a good number
of them are from the earlier two kits and not used, and this kit also includes
the formerly out-of-production Kit 6016, German SP Gun Crew with its four
figures in winter uniforms.
For those keeping score on the DML "Mix ‘n' Match" list, the kit comes with the
following old/common sprues: A, B, E, G, H, and Q, and new sprues F, N, and O.
The latter include what appears to be a new FH 18 gun and all of the bits which
make the Hummel unique. Again, the new hull is more complex and more accurate
than the previous model, and all of the parts and vents line up on the new
The directions are the new full-color photographs which are an improvement on
the old black and white drawings. In them, however, the kit is completely
painted so some details may be hard to see.
As is now normal, the tracks are single-link which are best assembled before
installing the top of the hull and the fenders, as even with the new and
improved moldings the fender/track clearance is tight.
The gun comes with a total of four loose projectiles but no charges; the projos
are either full caliber or one fitted with sabot-like driving rings.
The figures are older moldings, but still hold up well even though the poses are
not as well animated as newer sets. Still, they are included WITH the kit, which
is becoming much more of a rarity than it was 20-25 years ago. The only etched
metal bit needed is the over-the-head band for the commander's headsets. A
takeout sheet of the original Ron Volstad artwork is provided by way of
The model has two finishes and sets of markings proffered: an unknown unit in
straight Panzerbraun, or one from the 9th SS Panzerdivison "Hohenstaufen" in a
Overall, this is a much better kit than the one released nine years ago, and
corrects many of the complaints about the original.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Cookie
Page Created 28 June, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003
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