by Peter Van Kempen
by Rob Haelterman
took some measurements with my callipers on the following kits of
(I took the Matchbox kit into consideration as sometimes kits that are labelled as 1/76 are actually closer to 1/72.)
no "official" 1/72 drawings of the Sd.Kfz.11 available,
and no individual measurements of a real 1/1 vehicle, but I could
find data on length, width and height, which are listed in the tabel
below, compared with kit measurements.
While it is not sure if the given length includes
extremities like the tow hook, it is clear that Esci is by far the
longest, by 2.4 mm long.
conclude that, although abundant in detail, ESCI’s Sd.Kfz. 11
is grossly overscale and nearer to 1/65 than 1/72.
To shorten the hull, the best place to start would be the double ammunition doors, where one could remove 4.2 mm (on the outside). Another couple of millimeters can be found in the rear hull.
The height can be reduced by sanding off around 0.7mm from the underside of the vertical plates of the superstructure.
To correct the width, it is sufficient to sand off 0.7mm from the fenders; the rear of the hull is rather ok.
To correct the engine compartment: the radiator should lean back a bit more, and a millimeter can be sanded from the engine sides
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Article Last Updated: 31 May 2013