Eduard German Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf.C,
photo-etched brass in 1/35–scale for DML kit (item 35688)
by Frank De Sisto
Contains two etch frets, one sheet of film and one sheet of paper, as
well as five pages of instructions. Price: $24.95 USD.
The advent of the new DML Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C has pleased fans of mid-war
German halftracks, especially those who fancied this body style, yet were
tiring of the quite elderly Tamiya kit. This relatively simple set will
provide the base kit with quite a decent upgrade, all without a great
deal of specialized experience in the use of photo-etched parts.
To begin with, the driver’s position receives new storage brackets
for various bits of equipment, a new instrument panel with film or paper
dial faces, foot pedals, seat back details and full internal details for
all vision ports, to include film to replicate “glass” blocks.
The remainder of the interior gets a new radio and rack; rifle, machine-pistol
and machine-gun storage racks and brackets, and other ammo box, accessory
and fire extinguisher storage brackets. There are also “hoops”
upon which the canvas foul weather cover for the open-top crew’s
compartment would be mounted. The two shallow “V”-shaped flanges
that were used to attach the front and rear hull/superstructure sections
together during construction are also provided.
The exterior stowage lockers receive latches and chains, while the tools
receive new brackets, clamps and mounting hardware. There are racks to
store jerry cans, and new rear fender mud flaps, as well as head and tail
lamp mounts and faces. The front-mounted MG34 receives a new shield and
mount, and there is belted ammo included for it and the rear-mounted MG34,
plus a AAA gun sight for the rear ‘34.Altogether, this is a simple,
but rather complete set. It should also prove to be easy to use as there
are no overly complicated parts included.
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly
from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.
Visit their web site for images of reviewed items.