ARM: Review - DLM 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 7/2 with 3.7 cm Flak 36
- From: AMPSOne@xxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:12:07 -0700 (PDT)
Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale ‘39-‘45 Series Kit No.
6541; Sd.Kfz. 7/2 3.7 cm Flak 36 - Smart Kit; 635 parts (400 in grey
styrene, 216 “Magic Track” two-piece links, 13 etched brass, 6 clear
styrene, 3 DS plastic tires); pre-order price US$59.95 via Dragon USA
Advantages: first new model of this specific vehicle in 30 years;
nicely done use of “slide molding” and DS plastic tires to avoid seams
and extra assemblies; full engine and underside details
Disadvantages: as a “Smart Kit” probably not enough brass for some;
small links perhaps better as DS tracks
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German halftrack fans and “Duck Hunters”
F I R S T L O O K
Nearly two years ago DML released a kit of the eight ton halftrack
with the 37mm AA gun in its armored form. They are now releasing it as
the “softskin” version with the earlier 3.7 cm Flak 36 gun and
suitable changes to the kit parts; there are 58 new parts to this kit
as well as a new fret of etched brass.
Ass with their earlier Sd.Kfz. 7/1 2 cm Flakvierling and the armored
Sd.Kfz. 7/2 DML has provided a very thorough kit with a complete
engine and undercarriage to include the winch and all associated
parts, as well as the flatbed body with etched brass mesh panels for
the fold-out sides. Some things remain the same – for example, the two-
piece “Magic Track” halftrack tracks are included, but as often noted
are very small and DML could have made many modelers happy by molding
them as one-piece runs in DS plastic. Also, as the kits are “Smart
Kits” they make use of slide molding and other tricks to avoid
needless small parts assemblies and minimize the use of brass.
As before it comes with the complete engine and transfer case, fuel
tank, four-part winch drum, and complete towhook installation that
form part of the chassis. The drivers are two-piece with suitable
rollers represented and also add etched brass centers for scale
The front tires are DS plastic outers and treads combined with a
styrene inner section. While presumably the fit will be good since it
is on the inside it should not be a problem, and the result is a nice
diamond-pattern tread all the way around with no seams. Another
complete tire unit is included as the spare for under the cargo bed.
The only thing some may complain about for the basic chassis is that
the grille is solid, which given recent DML kits such as their Opel
Blitz could have been molded differently to give it some “airiness”
with the radiator behind it. The hood comes with separate side panels
which can be left of as per the originals.
The kit offers the standard platform body with fold-down sides fitted
with mesh gratings from etched brass and a specific gun mount base
for the Flak 36.
The 3.7 cm Flak 36 uses the common parts it shared with the earlier
Flak 37 but this kit adds a new sprue of lower carriage replacement
parts (I am not sure why as the only reference I have says that the
only difference between the two was the sight, with the Flak 37 using
a clockwork powered leading sight. The box art states part of the
changes in the molds were to provide new gunners’ seats.) Like its
predecessors the gun uses a slide molded barrel and flash hider. But
unlike the previous DML antiaircraft gun offerings, this gun possesses
free elevation and traverse and may be posed in any position the
modeler chooses, unlike the others which only offered fixed options.
However, it only comes with 12 rounds loaded into its feed tray and no
extra ammo racks or clips.
As it possesses the “softskin” cab it comes with a windshield and
painting masks are included. (DML did correct the fact the first one
only had two masks, where it needed four for both sides!)
Research and technical assistance were provided by Dan Graves, Tom
Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Three different finishing options are offered with a small sheet of
Cartograf decals, but it also provides a license plate “number
jungle”. The variants which can be modeled are: “Grossdeutschland”
Motorized Infantry Division, Ukraine 1942 (grey with markings,
WH-647299); Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front 1943 (green mottle over
sand brown); Unidentified Luftwaffe Unit, Western Front 1944 (tri-
color with WL plates, no number shown).
Overall this looks to be another option for German antiaircraft and
eight ton fans, and the changes to make the earlier gun are a nice
call by DML.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
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