UM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
Sd.Kfz.140/1 Reconnaissance tank
parts in grey injection moulded plastic; 10 parts on one
USD$10.96 from Squadron.com
parts, link and length tracks, photo-etched parts for the
screens, well-registered decals.
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
1/72 scale Sd.Kfz. 140/1 is available online from
The production of the “Luchs” was coming to an end and a fully tracked
replacement vehicle was much needed. The repaired chassis of the Pz Kpfw
38(t) was to serve this purpose and 50 were converted to mount the 2cm
Hängelafette 38 turret.
It served on both the Western and Eastern Fronts and was issued to
armoured reconnaissance units from April 1944 onwards.
This kit contains 144 parts, which are moulded on 4 light grey sprues.
There is no flash to speak of and all pieces exhibit sharp clear detail.
A couple of very minor sink marks were found but their position made
them extremely easy to fix.
A nice little photo-etched fret is supplied and this consists of 10
items. Its main purpose is for the turret mesh, a solution that is
essential in this scale: Kudos to UM for that. The rest of the pieces
are for the fender brackets and perforated portside container.
A small decal sheet allows the builder a wide choice of markings and
these are printed on a thin matt carrier film. My example showed all
items to be in perfect register.
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The schemes offered are printed on the front and back of the box and
modellers are referred to these for the camouflage patterns.
Construction starts with the hull and the box structure is supplied as
five separate parts.
This will assemble easily thanks to the obvious location guides. These
locators are present throughout the construction sequence and are used
equally well for the upper superstructure.
The 2cm Hängelafette 38 turret comprises of 18 parts and looks good with
the aforementioned p-e added.
Tracks are courtesy of the link and length method. These are excellent
with no blemishes, sink or ejection marks. Detail is provided for both
sides with a fine depiction of the double row of guide horns.
All tools are supplied as individual items so the modeller can position
these as desired. To UM’s credit, these are delicately moulded and will
blend in nicely to the overall appearance of the vehicle.
The instruction sheet explains everything with clear step-by-step
diagrams. The paints quoted are from the Humbrol range and are backed up
with colour descriptions.
Quite a few pieces make up this replica and UM have done an admirable
job with them.
Construction is simple and well laid out with no vices to trap the
This is quite an interesting vehicle in its own right and we hope to see
more such conversions on the Pz Kpfw 38 (t) chassis.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rob
Page Created 16 June, 2005
Last updated 16 June, 2005
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