AFV Club Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D
+ Pak 40 Anti-Tank Gun Limited Value Set (3000 Sets Only), 1/35 Scale
Kit No. 35S26
by Cookie Sewell
723 parts (457 in olive drab styrene, 128 in black styrene, 128 in manganese
brown styrene, 5 etched brass, 4 black vinyl, 1 turned aluminum gun barrel)
Advantages: "One Stop Shopping" nets three and a half kits
in one box for a low price; excellent detail and value for the money
Disadvantages: do not open parts until needed or you will have some problems
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German halftrack and artillery fans
F I R S T L O O K
AFV Club arguably produces some of the best kits on the market today –
but in the US they are also among the most expensive. Therefore, this
kit was something of a surprise when it showed up, as you essentially
get three and one-half AFV Club kits in one box for a much lower price
than the kits are separately.
For your forty-eight clams you get the complete AF 35063 Sd.Kfz. 251/1
Ausf. D kit, the complete set of AF 35044 "Early Model" single
link tracks, the complete AF 35071 7.5 cm PaK 40 Antitank Gun, and half
of the AF 35075 7.5 cm PaK 40 ammunition set. Considering that depending
upon time, place and distributor this could run as much as $100 so you
can see what a deal this one-stop shopping really is! Note: while the
boxtop illustrators indicated that this is a "Limited Value"
kit, I think they really meant "Limited Time Offer" as it is
QUITE a value!
I strongly recommend that you only open the bags as needed, as there
are a lot of very confusing sprues and that minimizes confusion. Note
that the kit ships with bags within bags, and some dissimilar items may
be packaged together in a larger bag.
Addressing the kits one at a time, the Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. D is based
on their earlier Sd.Kfz. 11 series kits and combines the running gear
of the latter with a new hull and interior set. The model thus combines
94 parts from the Sd.Kfz. 11 with another 136 new parts and 22 weapons
from another set to create this kit.
Compared with the DML kits, the parts breakdown and layout of the AFV
Club kit is totally different. It has the hull come in three basic parts
(sides with road wheel mounts and top) and a stock set of base parts for
the center of the hull (belly and floor) rather than the separate lower
chassis favored by DML. Details are pretty similar, other than how they
are formed from smaller pieces. The hinges for the dismount compartment
doors are somewhat thicker than the DML ones, but as these work and the
others do not it was more a case of "overengineering" for durability.
The model comes with single-piece vinyl tracks, which will be well received
in some areas. They are handed with one track being one link longer than
the other to compensate for the torsion bar layout. But it also comes
with the complete single-link version of the same track. This seems a
bit puzzling, as the D models came out much later and most are shown with
later style tracks; considering AFV Club makes four different types, one
would have thought they would have provided different sets. While the
single-piece are quite mediocre, the single-links are gorgeous and even
come with a black "rubber" pad and an oxidized manganese brown
The PaK 40 gun is another amazing piece of craftsmanship by AFV Club,
comprising some 158 parts on its own. Most are new but the tools and some
minutiae come from the le FH 18 series kits. The tiniest details are replicated
on this weapon, and it comes with rubber tires for the carriage. A pair
of stamped eight-spoke wheels are provided for it.
Lastly the kit provides one sprue from the ammunition kit to go with
the 7.5 cm PaK 40 gun. This provides eight full rounds (2 each of four
different projectile types), four empty casings, six packing tubes and
three packing crates.
The stock halftrack kit markings are provided and cover markings for
five different vehicles: 2nd SS Panzer Division, July 1944 (e.g. France);
1st Ski-Jaeger Division, Russia 1944; U/I unit, Eastern Front 1944; 27th
SS Panzergrenadier Division, Warsaw 1944-1945; and U/I unit, Eastern Front
1943. Five different sets of license plates are provided, but the sheet
looks short. No decals are provided for either the PaK 40 or the ammunition
Overall, this kit appears to be one of the best bargains offered, but
as the boxtop indicates there are only going to be 3000 released (ergo
the "S" or "Special Kit" tag in its factory control
number.) If you want one, I suggest you hurry!
Thanks to Miin Herng Tseung of AFV Club for the review sample.