Kübelwagen Type 157
|Italeri Kit # 7024
FBMinis Kit # FB72005
|Construction review by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail(dot)com|
1. The Italeri Kit
My general impression of this kit is
that it is a fairly poor model. That said, you don't have that many
options when it comes to Kübels, and they all have their defects.
Construction is quite simple, given the very
low number of parts, but fit is, in general, not very good and the
texture of the parts quite rough.
So there you have it... If it wasn't for the FBMinis set, which I adamantly wanted to use, I would have shelved the kit straightaway. In the end I persevered, but the many expletives it cost me might explain why Santa didn't stop by this year...
As I was going to build the model with the top closed (otherwise I wouldn't be able to use half of the FBMinis parts), I decided that adding a token impression of the rib details on the doors would suffice. Now that the kit is completed, I am struggling to see even this little bit of detail, which makes me wonder why I bothered in the first place.
I left off the following parts that come with the Italeri kit: wheels, canvas hood and windshield. The spare wheel was also left off and the mount hollowed out to represent the real thing.
For those who are interested, Italeri
offers the following marking options:
Incidentally, my decals were damaged by being stuck to the clear acetate that was provided for the windshield. Otherwise, the decals would definitely have been the best part of this kit.
A scan of the manual of this kit can be found on the Italeri page of the Henk of Holland website.
2. The FBMinis conversion set
This set is meant as a conversion to
transform Italeri's Kübelwagen kit into the rail capable Type
157, which was developed in 1943. The parts are nicely cast without
any air bubbles or other blemishes.
The resin FBMinis set can basically
be split into two parts:
In my opinion you can use both separately, meaning you can use the wheels (and rear "bumper") to make a railway conversion and use the other parts to update another Kübelwagen with a late war canvas hood.
As is customary with most resin sets you will have to carefully remove the parts from the backing plate and thin them down.
In my set, the windshield was angled
too far forward and I noticed some problems with the fit of the lateral
windows. The windows were made to fit with careful sanding and some
putty. For the windshield I tried heating the part to bend it back
into place, but messed up badly, thereby breaking the fragile part
into so many pieces that Santa won't come for another two years.
The straps at the rear of the canvas hood (which is a very nice piece, by the way) were sanded off and replaced by short strips of aluminum foil, as I felt these would give a better fit between the hood and the body of the car.
The wheels went on without any difficulty.
Decals were taken from Aleran sheet GE2.
A nice resin set, for a mediocre plastic kit. Fortunately, the resin parts hide the interior and replace the poor wheels. Nevertheless, a better base kit would do justice to the FBMinis set.
VW at War Vol. II, Schiffer
With thanks to FBMinis for the