Kit # 03186
|Construction review by Gert ten Brink
Translation and editing by Rob Haelterman
The anti-slip pattern on the fenders is lacking. To simulate it, I used paper from a pack of sigarettes. The tow cable was made from strands of metalic wire and the texture of the seats was improved with the help of some putty.
The front wheels are rather toy-like, but the hubs are actualy very good, especially after thinning sown with a scalpel.
There is a rather prominent gap between the driver's compartment and the hood (bonnet), which needs to be filled with putty. It will probbaly fit better if you remove the locating pegs.
The front suspension is a strange construction, and doesn't capture the look of the real thing. I added some length to the leaf spring on the side of the co-driver.
The battery box is not covered in the model, which would not happen in reality, unless the battery was being charged.
the tow-bar attachment on the nose from scratch. The reason is not
that the Revell part is not good (it is), but rather that I managed
to ruin the kit part when I added a dent to the front bumper in order
to depict a particular vehicle I have seen in a picture.
On Small Scale AFV I saw a perfect Sd.Kfz. 7 from Hasegawa.The wheels from the Hasagawa Puma were used to enhance the model. I think that it looked great, but that it would be too expensive to offer up a Puma just for the wheels. On the other hand, the Hasagawa Puma has 12 wheels without rims: perfect, the Puma only needs 9. The only problem is that the Revell kit is a little too large for the Hasagawa wheels. So at the first attempt I screwed it up. The second attempt was better.
Now for some paint. First comes the primer: a coat of Parket Plus.
The kit is great, even straight from the box, and can be built by novice modelers. More experienced modelers have room to add some extra detail, and I am sure more can be added than what I chose to do.
The great thing about this vehicle is that it was used throughout the war, on all theatres, which means you have a lot of marking options to choose from.