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Commander's Tank
Pz Bef 38(t)
Czech built German WWII tank


UM, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: UM No 351 Pz Bef 38(t).
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 162 light grey plastic parts on six sprues, 9 PE parts on one fret, decals for four or more vehicles, 2 page A5 double sided instructions with history, parts plan, 17 build diagrams and 2 paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$8.96 online from Squadron
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Interesting subject, detailed parts, link and length tracks.
Disadvantages: PE is a bit on the thick side, not for beginners.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Glen Porter

UM's 1/72 scale Pz.Bef. 38(t) is available online from Squadron.com




A few months ago, I reviewed the UM 38(t) Ausf C. This is the same kit with one extra sprue for the frame aerial and some other parts to make the Command version.

The Command tank had the hull M/G removed, main gun replaced with a dummy leaving only the turret M/G, extra radios fitted inside and a frame aerial over the engine compartment. I believe the turret did not rotate.


Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:

These UM kits are very good. They are highly detailed and go together reasonably well although care needs to be taken. They're the only 1/72 scale 38(t) based kits in plastic on the market and they have already produced the Ausf C, Ausf G, Ammunition carrier, Marder III Ausf H and Ausf R and now the Command Tank with the Late Marder III, Grille and Bison still to come. They have also released an early Hetzer with the late one still to come.

The PE is a tad thick, making it a bit hard to bend and on the one that I've already built, I found it easier to replace the PE fender supports with plastic.

Decals are as we've come to expect from UM with five or more options on the sheet including what looks like one captured and used by the Russians. The instructions only give you two options so you will need references for the others.

I really like these UM kits and I would recommend them to any modeller with moderate experience.


Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 23 December, 2005
Last updated 22 December, 2005

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