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60cm Morser Karl
Construction Review

by Steve Palffy

 

images by Brett Green

 

S u m m a r y

Stock Number and Description Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale 39-45 Series 10th Anniversary Series Kit No. 6179
Media and Contents: 390 parts (386 in light grey styrene, 2 steel springs, 1 turned aluminum projectile, 1 steel axle)
Price: MSRP USD$69.00 (available for USD$62.97 from Squadron.com)
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Simple parts breakdown belies high level of detail when completed; rifled barrel; good-looking link and length tracks (7 track lengths may be bent); Tamiya-grade fit of parts
Disadvantages: Two ejector pin holes in each track link need filling and sanding; ejector pin holes on lower hull.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Built and Reviewed by Steve Palffy


Dragon's 1/35 scale Morser Karl may be ordered online from Squadron.com

 

FirstBuild

 

Steve Palffy has already finished building Dragon's 1/35 scale Morser Karl 60cm self-propelled gun.

 

 

The Karl was the biggest self-propelled gun in history, and the new Dragon model conveys this impression very well indeed. The model is over 14" long, but even that sterile dimension does not prepare one for the sheer bulk of the completed kit. It does look very impressive and large. Dragon's Karl looks more like a factory than a military vehicle.

The 390 parts build up into four basic sub-assemblies - the lower hull (including running gear and tracks); the upper hull; the big gun cradle and the 600mm mortar itself.

A single steel shell is supplied. The figure in these pictures is shown for scale only. He is from an ICM 1/35 scale figure set.

 

 

 

Lower Hull and Tracks

Steve reported that the lower hull, wheels and tracks took the longest time to assemble. The most time consuming task was filling and sanding the two noticeable ejector pin holes in each track link. These were filled with Tamiya Putty. Ejector pin holes were also present on the lower hull. These were hidden with an irregular grungy texture from Tamiya Putty.

 

 

Otherwise, the model fitted extremely well. Steve compared the fit favorably to Tamiya's latest kits.

The track links are supplied in a combination of single links and lengths of seven joined track links. The instructions do not suggest the appropriate combination of links and lengths. Steve used the following:

  • Six of the track "lengths" were used for the lower track run.

  • Two of the "lengths" were used on the top run - one at the front and one at the back.

  • 36 individual links were used around the drive sprocket and idler wheel, plus to fill in the gap in the top track run.

This combination was used on each side.

It is important to note that the track lengths are quite flexible and may be bent. This simplifies the task considerably.


 

General Construction and Observations

Although the model has a relatively small number of parts for the size of the model, the overall level of detail is good. Individual features such as railings are very fine.

The inclusion of rifling inside the massive 600mm mortar barrel was thoughtful, but extreme care must be taken when aligning the barrel halves and cleaning up the seam on the inside of the barrel, otherwise the rifling will not line up.

Steve added the radial milling texture to the outside of the barrel himself.

 

 

The only other added details were the chains.

Steve pointed out that Part Nos. E6, E7, E8 and E9 are included in the kit but not mentioned in the instructions. These should be attached to the front and rear tow shackles on the vehicle.

Steve took around 17 hours to build the model to this stage. He estimates that it will take about the same time again to paint it.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Steve commented that this kit is well thought out, straightforward for assembly, fits well and has plenty of nice touches including the rifling.

 

 

He mentioned that it would be nice if Dragon also produced a munitions Panzer and other support vehicles/equipment.

Dragon clearly have the capability to produce very large vehicles now. Wouldn't it be great to see a Scammel tank transporter or a Diamond-T wrecker from this manufacturer some time soon!

Highly Recommended.

 

 

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Model by Steven Palffy
Review Text and ImagesCopyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 23 February, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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