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Sd.Kfz. 166 Hummel (Initial Version)



S u m m a r y

Stock Number and Description DML 1/35 Scale 39-45 Series No. 6150; Sd.Kfz. 166 Hummel (Initial Version)
Media and Contents: 736 parts (729 in grey stryene, 7 in etched metal)
Price: price around USD$33-39
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Nice, new moldings of an old favorite; crew set included; lots of leftover Nashorn parts for the spares box
Disadvantages: Very complex kit may discourage some modelers
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for all German and "Redleg" fans


Reviewed by Cookie Sewell

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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 moldings.

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 directions.

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 three-color scheme.

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.

Cookie Sewell

Review Copyright 2003 by Cookie Sewell
Page Created 28 June, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003

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