GBModelli

Sd.Kfz.8 DB 9 with 8.8cm Flak 18

Kit # 72008 Preview by Rob Haelterman

GB Modelli (also known as Briga, after the owner) is continuously expanding its range, and judging from the few kits I have seen, this can only be applauded.

This kit represents an interesting variant of the German Sd.Kfz.8 (12 ton) half track and, as far as I know, the Sd.Kfz.8 has only been released before by Art-Toys, with or without the 88mm Flak.

Sources vary a little, but it seems that a total of about 10 to 25 of these bunker-busters were built from 1938, all of them on the DB 9 subvariant. For those who are interested, the DB 9 was externally similar to the DB 8, and can best be distinguished from the DB 10 by its front wheels. Those of the DB 8 and DB 9 were spoked, those of the DB 10 were solid. This variant saw action with Pz.Jäg.Abt.8 in Poland, Belgium, France and Russia and disappeared from the inventory by March 1943, which means you will be hard pressed to find them in any other colors than Panzer Grey, possible complemented with some Dark Brown.

 

This resin kit comes in a plastic bag, with a manual, but without decals or painting instructions. The manual is hand-drawn, of the "exploded" type and sufficiently clear, especially as it is complemented by pictures of the completed model (not shown below, but also found on GBModelli's website, as well as pictures of the original vehicle).

The part count is relatively high.

The lay-out of the interleaved road-wheels is done in the way that has become the standard over the last few years: a single piece for the rear row, to ensure alignment, and separate outer wheels for better detail. The tracks are made of two pieces per side, which will have to be fitted like a clam-shell around the running gear.
Pegs are provided in the road-wheel assemblies to ensure aligment of the holes of the inner and outer halves. As some flash is present, some delicate clean-up of the holes will be needed, and the occasional pin-hole filled. Detail is nice and crisp, including the thread pattern of the front wheels.
The lower hull, to which you attach the running gear, is a single piece, finely cast, and devoid of any warping. The rear plate has quite some pinholes, but all of them will be hidded by a separate part; a nice touch. At the very rear comes the tow hook.

On top of the lower hull comes the central part of the body. This is mainly a flat plate with an anti-slip pattern, the cab area and the fenders. I've built the odd resin kit in my life, and regularly uttered many an expletive when major parts were warped. I am happy to say that this is not the case here. The front of the vehicle centers around two parts: a solid engine compartment and a hollow driver's compartment, to which are added the nose shield and the details for the crew compartment. The latter is sufficiently detailed, given the confines of the place.

The gun is a completely separate assembly (which means you might use it for another project) and leaves little to the imagination. Detail is abundant and the gun barrel hollowed out. My barrel was slightly warped, however. The gun shield is thin and well detailed, but my example suffers from three air bubbles which will need subtle rectification. Gun racks are provided for the rear of the vehicle.
The manual doesn't show how to fit the gun to the half-track, but there is only one way, really.

 

 

References
[1] Die Halbkettenfahrzeuge des deutschen Heeres, Band 6 der Reihe Militärfahrzeuge; W.J. Spielberger.
[2] Dreaded Threat, the 8.8cm Flak 18/36/37 in the Anti-Tank Role, T.L. Jentz, Panzer Tracts
[3] Schwerer Zugkraftwagen 12 To and Variants (Daimler-Benz) (Sd.Kfz.8), N. Hettler, Nuts & Bolts 16

Thanks to Georgio Briga (GB Modelli) for the review sample.

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Article Last Updated:
30 January 2012
31 May 2017