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Kubelwagen
x 2 in 1/72 scale

 

Italeri


Italeri's 1/72 scale Kubewagens will be available online from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 7024 VW Kdf.1 Typ 82 Kubelwagen
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 48 injection moulded plastic on two dark grey sprues; decals
Price: Around GBP5.00 / USD$10.00
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Wheels look to be the right size; generally accurate; impressive decals
Disadvantages: Lacking some details (pick-axe, gear stick and tail lights)
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glenn Porter

 

FirstLook

 

Some of us Braille Scale modellers have been waiting in eager anticipation for this kit because Hasegawa's and Academy's 1/72 scale Kubelwagens were such disappointments.

I thought that all the small-scale military vehicle new releases from Italeri are from ESCI moulds but I was not aware of an old ESCI Kubelwagen. We hoped it might be a brand new moulding by Italeri and not a re-boxing of someobe else's Kubel. Well, it is not; and it is not.

Italeri's 1/72 scale Kubelwagen does not display the finesse that we have come to expect from their most recent new tool releases, especially in the finer parts. The moulds seem a little old. The wheels, however, appear to be the right size - addressing the major shortcoming in the Hasegawa and Academy kits - although they are lacking detail on the inside.

 

 

Some other details are also missing, including the gearstick, tail lights and the pick axe from the passenger's side mudguard. All of these can be easily replaced from the spares box or fabricated. Otherwise, detail is not bad. Indeed, the canvas hood is superior.

The decals are up to Italeri's usual high standard.

The real bonus is that you get two Kubelwagen models in the one box.

Although this is not as good as the brand-new tool kit I had hoped for, it is the best small-scale injection-moulded Kubelwagen on the market today. I think that Italeri's Kubelwagen is the basis for a good model due to its general accuracy and the correctly sized wheels.

Recommended.

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 11 July, 2004
Last updated 10 July, 2004

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