Pz Kpfw 38(t) Ausf C
UM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||UM 340 38[t]|
||144 light grey injection
moulded plastic parts on five sprues, 9 photo etched parts on
one fret, decals for four vehicles [three German in Poland,
France and Russia and one Hungarian] plus 2 double sided A4
instruction sheets with history, build diagrams, parts plan and
USD$8.96 online from Squadron
||Link and length tracks,
highly detailed and beautifully moulded.|
||All hatches moulded closed.|
1/72 scale Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. C is available
online from Squadron.com
We braille scale armour modellers are some what spoiled at the
moment. First and foremost we have Revell, the yardstick by which
all other 1/72 scale armour kits are judged. Then we have Italeri
re-releasing many of the old Esci kits, some of them not done by
anyone else and almost as good as Revellís. Along comes Trumpeter
and Mirage, also threatening Revell. And then there is UM.
So far, UM of the Ukraine, have only produced Russian armour, but
it is excellent. All they need to do, to compete with Revell, is to
produce kits with a wider appeal. If that means German W.W.II, so be
it. Hopefully this is the first - the little Czech Pz Kpfw 38[t].
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
A few years ago Esci did the 38[t] but along with the M4A3, Fiat
13/40, Wespe and others, these moulds were lost or destroyed or some
thing and so we are not likely to see them again from Italeri.
Hopefully, UM will follow this kit up with others, which use the
same chassis and tracks/suspension such as the Grille and Hetzer.
A departure from UMís normal dark green plastic, this kit comes
with light grey. On the instruction sheet parts plan, several parts
are shown as not for use. I assume this means there are more 38[t]s,
in different marks, to come. All the parts are highly detailed and
relatively flash free and this should be a good and easy build.
Eight of the nine parts on the photo-etched fret are guard
supports but the ninth is a very interesting looking perforated
equipment box. Iíve never seen this before on a 1/72-scale kit and
should be a good test for my new Hold and Fold set.
The decals, nicely printed by UM, have some extra markings, which
are not mentioned in the instructions. Unfortunately, there is no
indication if they are German or Hungarian. After viewing these
decals under my magnifier, I must say there is a slight register
problem, though not enough to cause me to want to replace them.
My only criticism of this kit is that the hatches are moulded
closed although this will not be a problem to the more adventurous
Overall, I think this is an exciting development from one of the
ďup and comingĒ 1/72-armour manufactures.
Squadron for the review sample.
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