WW II German Main Army Truck
S u m m a r y
||710 Opel Blitz.|
||118 buff coloured cleanly
moulded plastic parts on three sprues, 1 acetate sheet with
markings for four windows, decals for six vehicles and 8 page
instructions with history, parts plan, build diagrams and
USD$8.96 from Squadron.com|
||Detailed engine and
interior; positionable front wheels; optional covered or
uncovered cargo area.|
||Cab doors moulded closed;
sink marks on a few parts.|
Roden's 1/72 scale
Opel Blitz is available online from
The Opel Blitz, being the best known of the German WW II trucks, has
been well served by the model industry in 1/72 scale with examples
from Airfix/Heller, Italeri/Esci, Mac Distribution and one coming
from Academy. So, do we need another? Well yes! The first two are
fairly old and lacking in detail, the Mac kit has PE in it, which
will put some people off, the Academy one I haven't seen yet so I
can't comment on it and anything that Roden want to produce is okay
by me because of the detail and quality.
How much detail and how much quality? Heaps!
With the detail they have put into engines in their 1/72 scale WW
I aircraft kits, a highly detailed truck engine was not going to
present much of a problem, with all the ancillary equipment
represented, even radiator and hoses and the ability to leave the
side panels off so the engine can be seen. The front axle has been
moulded in such a way that the steering can be posed turned although
this means there is no tie rods or links but these could be scratch
built with-out much ado. The interior of the cab has more than the
usual detail with a full set of foot- pedals as well as gear-shift,
steering-wheel and column, dash and seat. The doors are moulded
closed but, due to the parts breakdown, it looks like they could be
easily cut open.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The under chassis area has more than enough detail to satisfy
most modellers with exhaust, tail shaft, diffs, springs, fuel tank
and equipment boxes. Cargo body can either be modelled with low
sides and closed canvas tilt or open with high sides, plank seats
and folded hoops or you can leave the seats out and fill it up with
cargo, (not included).
Decals are neatly printed with good register but you only get three
sets of rego numbers and the other three vehicles are shown without.
In the instructions, each vehicle is only viewed from the left and
front with no indication of camouflage pattern for right, rear and
top. So if you require accurate patterns, you will have to work off
Cutting out and fitting the windows could be a challenge for those
of us who build with our fists but for the rest of you, they should
The only real fault I could find in this kit, is the rear dual
wheels (tyres) have nasty sink marks on the outside and similar
marks on the four toolboxes that go under the cargo body. The front
wheels however, don't seem to be affected.
In summary, this is a lovely kit and (with the exception of the
unknown Academy offering) is far superior to earlier releases of the
Opel Blitz. As for the sink mark problem, the first of Roden's “8
rad” kits had them in the tyres too, but the later kits didn't, so
perhaps it's something the manufacturer will fix later.
Highly Recommended to all Braille Scalers.
Squadron for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
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06 September, 2005
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