Gone are the days when Attack produced short run kits with soft details
and poor fit. The quality of their latest offerings is light years
ahead. This kit is no exception.
This is the first kit in the PzKpfw II series planned by Attack. It
is the early model with rounded nose armor. It is not entirely clear
if Attack wants to represent an Ausf.c or an (early) Ausf.C. (Yes,
both existed, and they were not the same.) Some explanation:
- the boxtop says Ausf c.
- no turret splashguard according to the instructions (as per Ausf.
c), but it is included in the kit (so you can build it as an Ausf.C)
- flat driver's visor according to boxtop and instructions (Ausf.
c), but the later version for the Ausf.C is included as well. More
confusingly, the instructions show the flat visor, but give the part
number for the domed visor.
- louvers behind the radio operator station are transversal. This
is definitely not Ausf. c, but Ausf. C.
All this would mean that you could actually better build it as an
Ausf.C with the available kit parts, or modify the louvers.
There are many parts for other versions, that are not used this time.
For example, there is new nose armor and a new turret front for a
later Ausf. C version (so you could choose that version as well),
parts for a command version, or for the „Ladungsleger“
special explosive layer tank.
Back to this Ausf. c/C version. There are five sprues with plastic
parts and two casting blocks with resin bits. There are neither flash
or molding imperfections. I´ve found only minor sink marks on
the suspension arms, but they won‘t be visible.
Smaller details are provided in resin: gun barrels, jack, exhaust
cover, towing hooks and track parts, which are bended around the idler
and drive sprocket. The rest of the tracks is made from plastic.
Tools are molded together with the fenders. Not a single hatch is
molded open, which is the biggest fault of this kit.
Attack is offering the same kit as a „Special Edition“
with a complete resin interior, including engine and transmission.
Decals are provided for only one vehicle. Instructions are not very
precise about the placement of the decals, but the box art may be
helpful. The only option is a gray/brown vehicle from the Polish campaign
in September 1939.
(Ed.Note: the markings are for 4.Pz.Div.)