Kleiner Funk und Beobachtungspanzer UE(f)
|Kit # LWP027||Construction review by Rob Haelterman|
With sets LWP027 and LWP028, Lonewulf gives us an extra reason to buy more S-Model Chenillette UEs. The French version was previewed by Will Alcott, while the Beute-version, with Pak 36, was previewed by myself.
Set LWP027 gives us the possibility to build one of the many interesting vehicles concocted by Baukommando Becker, in this case a small observation vehicle. It consists of a box to replace the bin, and which presumably housed a not-too-tall observer, together with new rear mudguards and binoculars. An exhaust with better detail than the kit part is also given.
Casting is first rate, with a single airbubble at the end of one of the optical devices. As I was going to replace these extremities with hollow tubing, it's no real loss.
Note that you can use either of the S-Model UE kits as they contain all the necessary parts. In case you use 720142 you will be left with a complete Pak 36 that can be put to good use elsewhere.
As the instructions only go so far in telling you where to put everything, the following picture taken from the Lonewulf website (now defunct), might be useful.
started with the removal of a part of the supports for the rear bin
(as per the Lonewulf instructions) and some detail on top of the hull.
Resulting gaps were filled, as was the seam between the upper and
Adding the resin part for the antenna on the superstructure required some guesswork, as neither the instructions nor the available pictures clearly show where it should go.
Some extra detail was added
The resulting vehicle is very tail heavy, due to the relative weight of the resin box, so the assembled vehicle is best put on a base.
A figure from Caesar was added.
Review samples purchased by the author.