previously previewed and reviewed
CMK's effort of this conversion and readers might have noticed that
I was not entirely convinced, so I decided to try Kora's release.
I have come to regret it.
set contains a number of resin parts, two sirynge needles (that
are viciously sharp) and a fret of PE.
of the parts taken, just as a pair of UFO's were flying over.
The resin parts
are roughly molded with marred detail, an air bubble here and there
and some warping. Even worse is the fact that the resin parts are
extremely brittle and attached to rather prominent casting blocks
at the same time. The central gun cradle, for instance, was reduced
to nanoparticles while trying to remove it from the block. Not that
it matters a lot as I believe it doesn't capture the real thing
anyway. While I tried to scratchbuild this part, my efforts were
stopped dead in their tracks when it became apparent that frustration
was getting the better of me.
needles are actually quite convincing (and far better than the CMK
resin tubes) and come with a slanted muzzle, which is accurate for
the outer guns. As there are only two needles, I guess that the
center barrel needs to be cut from one of these syringes. They are
long enough and the center barrel doesn't have a slanted muzzle,
so this might work, but the instructions don't mention any of this.
The PE parts
seem ok, but are rather tick.
are minimalistic and rather confusing.
gun shield captures the look of the production version far better
than CMK's shield as it has the tapered sides and the angled corners.
I am not sure about the cut-out on the top, though, as I believe
this should be a hole for the production vehicles. The arched
support bar over the guns is provided (which CMK doesn't).
- A seat for
the gunner is given (again something that CMK missed). Note that
the gunner's seat was hinged so that it always hung down vertically
when the gun was raised or lowered.
- Kora doesn't
mention any alterations that need to be made to the interior.
The vehicle had a crew of four. Panzer Tracts  shows three
foldable seats in the fighting compartment and the rear benches
of the Sd.Kfz.251/1 replaced with ammunition bins. As I assume
that the driver's and co-driver's seat were still installed, this
makes seating for five.
Discussion on the Axis Discussion Group of Missing Lynx suggests
that early versions might have kept the right bench seat and one
jump seat on the right in front of the gun mount and possibly
one more on the left, making seating for six.
- The middle
of the three ammo boxes, attached to the pedestal, should be far
bigger than the two on the sides. Kora gives three identical boxes.
(CMK did so as well, but their three boxes were all bigger.)
- The extra
armor for the top of the hull matches the original design better
- It seems
the real vehicle had a travel lock for the guns. None is provided.
have no idea what part 20 represents, which (of course) doesn't
mean it is not correct.
As it is, this
could be a worthless set, but... given that
- the CMK Sd.Kfz.251/21
conversion isn't entirely correct either;
does offer a very nice stand-alone
Drilling, which is far superior to that in the Sd.Kfz.251/21
- the Kora
PE parts look quite OK,
it seems that
buying the CMK "stand-alone Drilling" together with this
Kora set will get you the parts that go a very long way towards
obtaining all that is needed for an accurate Sd.Kfz.251/21.