Dragon 1/72 Kfz.69 6x4 with 3.7cm Pak 35/36

KIT #: 7419
PRICE: $20.50 SRP
DECALS: One option
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken


The L 2 H 43 and L 2 H 143 "Krupp-Protze" (unofficial designation) was a six-wheeled German truck and artillery tractor used by German forces in World War II. It was powered by a 55 hp or 60 hp (since 1936) Krupp M 304 4-cylinder petrol engine. Its main purpose was to tow artillery, especially the PaK 36. It was also used to transport infantry and other utility uses.

This vehicle was extensively used on the Eastern Front, North African campaign and in France and Sicily. The "Krupp-Protze" was of relatively advanced design. It was mass-manufactured between 1933 and 1941. Its fuel consumption was relatively high (24 Litres / 100 km on road) in comparison to the comparable Opel Blitz 1.5 t truck (16.5 liters / 100 km, produced 1938 - 1942). Total production was about 7,000 units.


Dragon has put considerable new tooling into this kit. Unlike the previous Kfz.70, which was a troop and cargo version, this one has a newly done rear section. This rear cargo area incorporates ammunition storage boxes, seats for the gun crew, and spare wheels. This puts it ahead in accuracy compared to other similar kits that just add in the gun without modifying the prime mover. Included is the nicely done Pak 35/36, adding value to an already nicely done kit. All it is really missing are figures.

Here is a rundown of all the features:

- Newly produced Kfz.69 Personnel Carrier w/3.7cm PaK 35/36
- Bench seats w/realistic texture
- Intricate auxiliary boxes included
- Windshield made from clear part
- Intricate headlamps and pennant mount included
- Detailed dashboard and driver's compartment
- Realistic spare wheels included
- Intricate 3.7cm PaK 35/36 mounted on carriage w/fun trails
- Either combat or travel modes can be selected for assembly
- Gun stays and hand wheels finely reproduced
- Full chassis represented
- Realistic suspension produced
- Well-detailed driver's floor well

Markings are provided for the box art vehicle from the famous 'unknown unit in Russia' during 1941, though it could really be used in just about any theater of ops as these vehicles were pretty bare when it comes to unit markings. The nicely done instruction sheet has superbly drawn construction steps and color information. Decals are nicely printed and include dash instruments.

In all, another excellent addition to Dragon's continually growing line of 1/72 military vehicles and one that should be a ton of fun to build. Makes one wonder when or if Dragon will ever get involved in 1/48.



July 2011

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