15cm sFH 13/1(Sf) auf GW
El Alamein 1942
RPM, 1/35 scale
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||Kit No. 35051
|Contents and Media:
||Seven sprues in grey plastic; two
lengths of vinyl tracks.
USD$34.96 from Squadron.com
||Interesting subject; includes
interior details; good surface detail; crisp moulding;
||Some flash and sink holes
Reviewed by Steve Palffy
1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 135/1 El Alamein 1942
is available online from Squadron.com
Definitely ideal for the lover of the esoteric
and obscure, RPM's 1/35 scale SPG based on the Lorraine Schlepper
chassis is one different looking vehicle!
The Sd.Kfz. 135/1 mounted the big 15cm sFH 13/1
howitzer and a large stabilising rear spade. Nothing about the vehicle
seems to belong together, resulting in a fascinating hybrid appearance.
A similar vehicle was also used in Normandy.
RPM's kit comprises seven sprues of long-run
injection moulded plastic and two lengths of soft vinyl track which look
quite well detailed. A metallic grey sprue contains individual track
links for the spare tracks only.
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The kit features nice surface texture and crisp
moulding overall with generally good detail. There are a few sink marks
and a little flash to tidy up though. Indeed, it may be easier to
replace a few of the smaller parts with simple scratchbuilt items.
One nice touch is the inclusion of detail inside
the fighting and driver's compartments. This is especially important for
an open-topped vehicle such as this.
The gun may be set in the elevated or level
Markings are supplied for two vehicles in North
Africa - one from 21st Panzer Division and one from the 15th Panzer
Division. Both vehicles are finished in Sand over Grey camouflage.
Decals also include stencil data for the fighting
compartment and a large German flag (this is supplied with a two-part
swastika) which looks about the size of a battleship standard!
In summary, this is a nice kit of an unusual and
Squadron.com for the review
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Steve Palffy
Page Created 06 December, 2004
Last updated 06 December, 2004
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