Dragon 1/35 15cm s.IG 33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
Scott Van Aken
the 15cm s.IG.33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, which was a tracked
infantry support vehicle. The gun mounted on a Hetzer chassis was the well-known
15cm s.IG.33/2 howitzer, Germany’s standard heavy infantry gun throughout WWII.
Czech manufacturer BMM converted six vehicles and built an additional 24 based
on the Bergepanzer 38(t) recovery vehicle from December 1944 onwards. This
vehicle featured a raised superstructure, while the mount and shield for the
s.IG.33/2 was the same as that used on a self-propelled howitzer based on the
Pz.Kpfw.38(t) chassis. This was designed as a replacement for the Grille.
a doubt, German WWII industry produced more limited production vehicle types
than any of the warring powers. This was due as much to a limited industrial
capacity (at least when compared to the US or USSR) and it led to a great
deal of improvisation. Some of this went no where and some of it was quite
This particular kit is another of Dragon's short production vehicles based
on their recent Hetzer kit. As with a number of Dragon kits, it is a
combination of two extant kits along with new parts to allow a specific
variant to be modeled.
What has been done in this case is to add their very nice s.IG 33 artillery
piece to duplicate this rare vehicle. This means new superstructure pieces
and a new gun mount among the major additions to this one. The kit continues
with the Hetzer's superb link and length track, which is preferred by many
modelers. There is a nicely done ammo rack that can be modeled in two
The kit also includes a small photo etch fret for some details such as a
muffler guard and a metal barrel for the s.IG 33. Photo etch is kept to a
minum and is only used where it looks the best. The kit includes a full
driver's position and transmission. Since it is open topped, there is a lot
of sidewall detail with this one as well.
Instructions are nicely done and a bit busy so one will need to pay
attention. The painting guide is for three vehicles, all from unknown units
in 1944. One is overall panzer tan, the other in an 'ambush' scheme and the
third with winter whitewash. The small decal sheet just provides insignia,
though only one option shows them being used.
This is a nice addition to Dragon's Hetzer line and should
make into a very nice model. At 270 pieces, the parts count is fairly low for a
German AFV, and the nice tracks should help to speed up building.
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