|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Trumpeter uses tan plastic for its military vehicles and so that is the color of this one. The box is jammed full of sprues as you get most of an SdKfz 8 half track along with the 88mm gun and shield. This is not a curbside as Trumpeter likes to provide a full engine for this one. The engine detail is really quite good and you will spend some quality time building this one up. It also comes with multi-piece wheels and sprockets. A fully detailed chassis and suspension are included, and that means lot more detail with the nicely done transfer cases and gear boxes. In fact, about 1/3 to 1/2 the build will be devoted to assembling the chassis along with the track system. As is the norm for many top line kits, this one comes with individual track links.
Since this vehicle is designed to be in combat, you will find the superstructure to be different from the standard half-track. Though the radiator assembly is the same, there is an armored shell that fits over this and the engine compartment. The bed section is open and includes ammo storage areas as well as the large pedestal on which the 88mm gun sets.
The gun comes with a metal barrel and the piston assembly for elevating the gun has brass tubes. A well done gun shield is provided for the gun to give some protection for the crew. An armored cab is also provided for the driver. Photo etch is provided for many of the external details and is also the material from which the gun shield is made, providing a realistic thickness. I was pleased to note that only a few of the p.e. parts are actually small so those who dislike tiny brass bits will be happy about that.
Instructions are well done with color information provided during the build process. The lone markings option is an overall Panzer Grey vehicle. Decals are provided for this vehicle and include the instrument panel.
By basically combining two kits, the 88mm gun and the SdKfz 8 kit with a new sprue or two, Trumpeter has produced a very nice and well detailed kit of an interesting, if not widely built early war vehicle. Should make into a very nice model.
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Thanks to Squadron Products for the preview kit. You can get this one today at your local dealer or have them order it for you.
If you would like your product reviewed fairly and fairly quickly, please contact the editor or see other details in the
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