Aber German 88mm Anti-Aircraft
gun Flak36, Vol. 2 (35184)
by Frank De Sisto
, , additional set- armor for DML kit. 1/35th-scale photo-etched brass.
Price: $17.99 USD, $21.99 CDN.
Although billed as “additional set-armour” on the label,
this etched detail set actually has other things included as well. But
foremost, it is designed to completely replace the styrene plastic gun
shield included in the recent DML kit.
Included are the small lockers that mount, one each, on each fender of
the two wheel units, which constitute the Sd.Ah. limber system. These
include working hinges (brass rod for hinge pin not included) as well
as mounting legs, hasps, “half” wing nuts, locks and securing
But the main attraction, of course, is the completely new gun shield.
It comes in three main sections (front and both “wings”) because
the actual shield was constructed that way, leaving a distinct gap between
the three parts. There are the appropriate “L”-brackets to
connect the parts as well as the framework and other points that mounted
the shield to the gun’s cradle. The small pivoting flap for the
gun sight aperture is also included as is the plate which reinforced the
front shield (which in reality was in two parts) where it was joined together.
Lots and lots of small etched brass rivets and hex-bolt heads are also
supplied, but I’d replace these with styrene alternatives; I simply
cannot imagine trimming the connection points from all of those little
buggers! The usual clear, but busy-to-understand instructions are contained
on a single side of an A4-sized sheet of paper. Study them carefully!
Also, note that styrene rod of various diameters is called for, but not
supplied; the modeler will have to source them himself.
This set is probably a good introduction for someone who has used etched
brass, but who has not yet experienced working with a more complex type
of product, such as that usually exemplified by Aber.
Aber products are available in North America from AirConnection at: www.airconnection.on.ca.
Elsewhere see: www.aber.net.pl for