|Kit #: PS720090||
Andy Lang (text) - ajn(dot)lang(at)talktalk(dot)net
Peter Sisung (photographs) - petersisung(at)gmail(dot)com
Edited by Al Magnus
The S-Model Pzkpfw 1A arrived in the UK before Christmas 2013 and I thought that I'd offer an in-box review of the kit. I have bought various S-Model kits over the past year and this may be the best one yet. The kit is presented in the usual S-Model house style - most parts appear on a single grey sprue, with a smaller number (including some duplicate parts) on a smaller sprue. I would like to see S-Model shift to a lighter-coloured polystyrene, either sand or light grey. As is the case with all the S-Model kits I have seen, the detail & moulding quality is very crisp. The kit broadly depicts an early 2 Serie production vehicle (but see below).
The superstructure has the various vision ports moulded in place. As moulding constraints mean that these cannot be presented with
all the requisite detail,
S-Model have taken the unusual, but commendable, step of producing separate, fully detailed vision ports on the supplementary sprue. The modeller thus has
the option of leaving the original items in place or cutting/sanding them off and using the replacement parts to provide a bit more detail.
The suspension isn't quite a one-piece effort as the coil springs supporting the front road wheel and the girders on the outside
are separate parts. The main
parts feature track sag and this is very nicely done. I would like to see more detail on the outside of the track faces and an end to the single 'bars'
representing the track teeth.
As with most kits, there are some parts which will benefit from additional work or replacement. The girders on the suspension units
and the aerial trough are a bit 'solid' & could be be replaced with scratchbuilt items. The teardrop-shaped aerial base itself is nicely done and can be retained,
although it will be a challenge to drill it for a replacement rod aerial. I intend to use the replacement vision ports described above, but I will sand them down
to a thickness of about 10 thou. The circular engine access hatch on the hull rear can use some bolt detailing.
I don't know if anyone from S-Model reads the Missing Lynx Braille Forum, but I hope so, as they have been an absolute breath of fresh air in our scale over the past 15 months. Their Pzkpfw 1A kit is easily the best depiction of the subject in this scale. I have yet to build it, but I think that modellers can buy it with confidence.
Preview sample purchased by the author.