The Sd.Kfz. 11 was produced between 1937 and 1945. Amongst others the companies of Hanomag, Borgward, Horch and Adler delievered some 25.000 examples of the vehicle. Main task of the 3t halftrack was to pull light guns and "Nebelwerfer". The chassis was later also used for the construction of the Sd.Kfz. 251 series.
I have been waiting for this kit for years ! Some 5 years ago, I' built Alby's Sd.Kfz. 11 - a nice kit as such, but due to the poor fitting and the lack of details, the final result was not really satisfying. Moreover when considering the high price by then - it was complete resin model!
AFV Club's injection moulded kit already makes a good first appearance, when taking a glance into the box. The seven light brown sprues are filled up with a mass of parts, added to these is a runner with clear parts for the windscreen and lights. Moreover the kit includes two flexible tracks, which can be regarded as the best of their kind, and a small frame containing four pe parts, of which the two bigger parts are already bent.
Construction begins with the chassis. In step 1 you have to take care with parts E1, as these are very fragile - further no problems. Steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 don't make any problems, but be aware that parts A12 and A5 look quite similar and can easily be confused.
The wheels of step 6 fit very well, the drive sprockets fit in tightly, so take care of good dryfitting before you glue them into place. Steps 7, 8 and 9 contain the assembly of the front axle, furthermore the running wheels are attached to the chassis. If you want to display the front wheels in a turned position, now is the time for action. Simply cut the axles, sand them and glue them together in the desired position.
without any previous experience in handling photo etched parts will have
to take care in step 10 - these parts
have to be fixed with the use of super glue. Front axle and cabinefloor
in step 11 don't mean any trouble.
Step 19 contains
the exhaust. This remains accessible, so I glued it into place right now.
In steps 20, 21 and 22 it is time to take a look at the storage compartment.
I fixed the doors in the closed position, but at the moment of writing
I am building a second Sd.Kfz. 11, with a complete scratch build interiour
and cab (these items will be available through Scale-Line soon).
Now we just have to make our choice from one of the 6 options for various divisions and theaters of operations...
* Unknown unit, Poland 1939 in panzergrey.
decided to go fot the fifth option. I thus sprayed the complete vehicle
in panzergrey at first.
As a conclusion
I must say this is a fabolous kit, which is filling a gap that existed
in the injection-moudled sector for the a long time. The final sales price
will be between 40 and 45 Euro, a price this kit is certainly worth.
Recomended reading :
2/2002 Danny Raadtgever
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