Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier
|Kit # 72016||Preview by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail.com|
This kit represents the Sd.Kfz.4/1, one of the many Maultiere in German service. This one is armored and fitted with a Panzerwerfer 42 rocket launcher.
At one time it was also released by HR Model as kit 72156. Both brands also market(ed) the PE tracks of this kit separately.
Side-opening cardboard box.
2. Type of kit
Multi-media (resin + PE).
main part of this kit is the solid vehicle body, which is nicely cast,
but not without some minor inconveniences. One of them is the very
large casting block on the rear. When carefully removed this will
not interfere with the final result. A bit more difficult to perfect
will be the panel lines on the body, which are not 100% straight or
aligned with eachother. Some imperfections can be found on the flat
surfaces that were probably there on the master. These are in locations
that are hard to reach. The body in my kit was very slightly warped.
big parts are the chassis, front wheels (including a spare), and suspension
parts for the rear tracks. All of these are actually very nicely done,
with only the occasional air bubble to be taken care of, but these
are few in number and easy to fill.
The smaller parts include an MG34 and jerrycans, which are not mentioned in the manual. Nice headlights, Notek and antenna base are included as well.
The tracks are thick sections of PE, that have to be folded and bent. They are marked "Pz.Kpfw. I A & B", so I guess they are also included in those kits from VVV. As far as I know the tracks for this vehicle were indeed the same as those of the Panzer I.
Other PE parts are included for the nose and rear plate, engine hatches, visors, steps and other sundry bits, and are actually very nicely done. (Also see the tracks picture sent by Vladimir Cereba.)
3. Instruction sheet
This consists of a multi- step "exploded" drawing. I am not entirely convinced that I will be able to immediately identify where every piece should go, without finding some photographs of the real vehicle.
4. Decals and markings
A small set, printed by MPD, is included for two vehicles. All markings are black and white and not overly crisply printed. No marking instructions are given in the manual.
This kit is quite good for a limited production resin kit, but not perfect.
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The con's are
Still, even with these imperfections, it is actually the best representation of this vehicle I have seen in 1/72 so far, and with some loving care and patience can probably be built into a convincing model.
Thanks to Philippe Bonnet for the review sample.
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Article Last Updated: 05 April 2009