II Ausf. L Luchs
Kit : # FH3003
Preview by Rob Haelterman
1. Short History
Luchses were produced by MAN from September 1942 to January 1944.
It carried an MG and a 20mm rapid fire cannon. A planned production
variant with a 50mm gun never materialized. While a number of small
variations appeared on this vehicle during the production run, the
most noticeable one (and a feature that was not changed during retrofitting)
is the size of the rear turret hatch. Early vehicles had a small hatch
at the rear of the turret, later this was enlarged
modified their Luchses with additional armor on the bow and above
the visors. The latter was actually made of sections of idler and
I am not sure how effective this was, or if this was just a way to
carry spare idler parts. Note that these idler parts were carried
by most, but not all of the Division's Luchses.
2. The kit
sprues are mostly the same as in the previous
These main sprues and tracks are the same:
The body and sprue I are also common, with more parts of sprue I (on the left) now being used:
Compared to the scan above, which is actually from kit FH3002, sprue I now has a new sprue J attached for the smoke dischargers, additional armor and boxes.
The PE is slightly different.
Decals are the same as for FH3002, which isn't a bad thing as they included the markings for both kits all along and therefor will yield some spares.
Instructions are different, logically. Very little info is given about the unit represented in the marking options, but it can only be 4 Pz.Div. Note that 6 marking options are given. I am not sure if the five green-and-yellow schemes would have been perfectly identical. Timothy Lau points out the instructions from the 1/35 Tasca kit might perhaps prove useful.
A small cardboard base is again present. Unfortunately this also doubles as a packaging support for the PE and decals and gets punctured by a staple for that reason.
Note that, compared to the special release of FH3002 that we previously reviewed, no figure is given this time.
Not counting the planned version with sloped armor and 5cm gun, there were minor variations in the design of the Luchs during production:
Another feature, that I was unable to put a date on, is a base for an antenna on the left of the turret that appeared at some time, possibly together with the larger hatch. It is present in the kit.
marked the kit features in bold.
A worthy companion to the previous Luchs release which will build into a stunning model.
Panzer No7, Pz.Kpfw.I / Pz.Kpfw.II series and variants, M. Bitoh,
Dai Nippon Kaiga, 2002
Review sample provided by Flyhawk