Upgrade and Conversion Kit for
|Stock Number and Description||cyber-hobby.com (Dragon Models Limited) 1/35 Scale Upgrade and Conversion Kit No. 3835; Upgrade and Conversion Kit for Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Schwerer Panzerspaehwagen (Puma cm)|
|Media and Contents:||parts (58 etched brass, 10 in grey styrene, 8 pre-bent wire)|
|Price:||price estimated at US $13.00. Will be available online from Mission Models|
|Review Type:||First Look|
|Advantages:||Factory-made custom parts are a "drop-fit" onto any Sd.Kfz. 234 kit; upgrade the fine details and the steering gear as well as allow for a late-production vehicle; finally provide for open stowage bins!|
|Disadvantages:||Competes with after-market products; some question as to why parts were not provided in base kit|
|Recommendation:||Highly Recommended for fans of the German 234 series heavy armored car|
DML's boutique hobby affiliate
cyber-hobby.com has now released "The Other Show" for their nice new
Puma kit, but this one may prove just as popular for the other
variants as well. The set provides the late model fenders (four
bins) for the Sd.Kfz. 234/2 kit, but this time they come with the
option to open the hatches; it also provides for working steering
for the kit.
The kit comes in a "blister" pack and not a box, with the directions placed in a folding cardboard stiffener used as the backing. "Directions" is something of an overstatement, as they are again basically "stick here" drawings and do not cover where or when to insert the new parts when building the kit.
The new parts include eight new driveshafts and eight new tie rod heads for the steering gear. They also provide eight lengths of bent wire which appear to be brake or air lines (I am not sure which, but they are in the position to be one or the other based on the system the vehicle used.)
The etched brass is minimal, but provides for eight hatches for the eight fender bins and a very detailed door lock mechanism for each one, as well as a key lock and safety chain assembly. However, there is nothing inside the bins, so the modeler will have to improvise!
The kit also provides two sections of mesh grillework for the engine air intake and exhaust vents on the engine deck.
Three new color profiles and markings for five different vehicles are provided along with a new "targeted" set of Cartograf decals; as is a common failing with the directions for these add-on kits, there is no identification given to unit or location. I am not sure if the original directions cover these vehicles or not, but it is a bit of a disservice to the kit and the upgrade set not to provide such information.
Overall, this is a more useful upgrade set than some of the others and at least finally provides separate bin lids.
Freddie Leung for the review sample.