Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Revell kit No. 03195 Sd.Kfz. 7/1

The Sd.Kfz.7/1 is a Sd.Kfz.7 with a anti aircraft gun (Flak 38 of Flak 'vierling') mounted on the back and sometimes fitted with an armored cab. Revell released their kit (no. 03195) of the Sd.Kfz.7/1 a few days ago and I bought 2. Time to take a look at this much awaited model!

The model is of course based on the 'tractor' version of the Sd.Kfz.7 released last year. Only the tracks and chassis sprues are used in this kit. 3 completely new sprues are included, one includes most parts of the armored cab, one most parts of the ammunition trailer and one most parts of the Flak 'vierling'.

Some photo's of the new sprue's and parts. Just as with the Sd.Kfz.7 some details (like the nuts on the armored cab) are very fine & small and difficult to make out in the pictures. The mesh on the floor plate on the back of the vehicle seems to be a little on coarse side while the detail on the sides of the back is very well done.

The sprue with most super structure parts

The sprue with most of the Flak 38 parts

The sprue with most of the trailer parts.

Some close ups of the sprue's:

I build most of the gun and trailer already. The fit of the parts is very good. The gun can both rotate and transverse when completed. The chassis of the trailer is not the some as the chassis of the trailer from the kommandogerät 40 included with the Flak 36 kit. the kommandogerät trailer is even more finely detailed.

This kit is a very nice addition to Revell's range of vehicles and a very welcome one too. The only other model of the Sd.Kfz.7/1 is the Hasegawa model (without the armoured cab). Although Hasegawa's tractor version of the Sd.Kfz.7/1 is not bad the Anti Aircraft version is really outclassed by this release from Revell. The superstructure and gun on this model is simply decades ahead of the Hasegawa's. The ammunution trailer is a very nice bonus too!

Monday, 20 May 2013

A mini review on, and news from miniart

Today a very small review of a model from Miniart and some news from this company.

The review

The "Netherlands Musketeer" (kit. No. 16010) from Miniart was released a few years ago. This figure depicts a Dutch soldier from the 17th century, the birth time of the country now known as "The kingdom of the Netherlands", The country where I live. In 1581 several Dutch provinces signed the 'Plakkaat van Verlathinge' in The Hague declaring them to be independent from the Spanish Empire. This was signed because the reign of Pilip II was felt as a 'tyranny'. This word is literally used in the text, 'to drive out the tyranny' is an often heard motivation among the Dutch rebels. An 80 year struggle known as the '80-years war' followed. The war ended in 1648 with the Dutch provinces being independent from the Spanish empire and the Dutch golden century began. (The first hostilities began in 1568 thus this episode in Dutch history was called the 80 year war)

Miniart released their kit of the Dutch Musketeer a few years ago. I made one to give a way as a wedding present for an uncle living abroad. Just like the kit of the Roman soldier the parts needed a lot of sanding but the all fit together and I didn't need any filler to complete the model.

There are several small ropes and strings on the figure holding gunpowder bags and such. I replaced the plastic parts by real cord braid from three wires, red, white and blue. The colors of the Dutch flag. The kit usually comes with a sprue containing the helmet, my kit contained a sprue from the the French Musketeer with a different hat. Now that turned out to be a very well made mistake by Miniart since that type of hat is a symbol for the Dutch struggle for freedom. This hat is also known as the 'freedom hat' and is depicted in the logo of the JOVD, the youth department of the Dutch Liberal Party (where youth is 18 to 35 years old).

The logo of the JOVD with the 'Freedom hat'

I think this model is a very nice figure in a large scale (1/16). It needs a lot of sanding to get the figure right but it can be made in to a nice figure by anyone with basic modelling skills. Recommended

The news

For 2013 more plastic figures in 1/16th scale are planned. The following figures caught my eye, all represent men at arms from the last century and a half of the middle ages:
  • Kit No. 16021 XV Century knight
  • Kit No. 16023 Crossbow man XV Century
  • Kit No. 16025 Medieval footsoldier
  • Kit No. 16027 Medieval archer
  • Kit No. 16031 Medieval handgunner
Kit no. 16021 to 16027 are expected to appear 'soon' according to the Miniart website.