German Vehicle (1944)
with Provisional cab
MAC Distribution, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||MAC 72064 German vehicle
Opel Blitz with Provisional cab
||45 Light tan plastic parts
on two sprues, 18 PE parts on one fret, 1 clear sheet with three
windows marked on it, decals for four vehicles and 2 A4 fold-out
instructions with history, parts plan, 12 build diagrams and
colour/decal drawings. |
USD$17.96 online from Squadron
||Interesting late war
variation, highly detailed|
||PE makes it not for
||Highly Recommended for
MAC's 1/72 scale
German 3T Vehicle
online from Squadron.com
With Roden and Academy about to release 1/72 scale kits of the Opel
Blitz and Italeri having already gotten the ex Esci kit on the
market, it might seem we don't really need another. However, this
one from MAC Distribution is a little different.
Towards the end of the war Germany, in common with other countries
involved in the conflict, were trying to conserve materials such as
steel, which were required for munitions and weapon production. Opel,
makers of the famous Blitz 3 tonne truck, helped by substituting the
steel cabs of their late war vehicles with ones made from wood. They
tended to look like vehicles produced in the twenties but still had
the load carrying and cross country qualities that made the Opel
Blitz the most produced soft skin in Germany. About 82,356 units
were made between 1937 and August 1944.
This kit from MAC, with the wooden cab, won't have the mould quality
we've come to expect from Academy or the detail from Roden but
should be on a par with the Italeri offering with a lot more detail
from the PE fret. Having said that the mould quality is not bad,
just requiring a small amount of clean-up of each part.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The kit supplies a type A and type B flat bed mount onto the
chassis but my sample has one of the type B parts missing so I'll
have to stick with the type A. Also, the art-work on the top opening
box shows a Blitz with a Notek light on the front left hand guard
but no parts are supplied in the kit. The shovel and pick are part
of the PE fret which means they will look a bit flat but at least
they are separate parts unlike many 1/72 scale kits.
The decals by MPD are nicely printed with plenty of markings for the
four vehicles in the instructions but oddly have three DAK palm
trees complete with swastikas. I have my doubts about the DAK having
any of these lorries.
In summary, this is a very nice little kit and something a bit
different from what we might expect from the other manufacturers.
Highly recommended for experienced modellers.
Squadron for the review sample.
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