Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro
Series Kit No. 7306; Sd.Kfz. 251/2 Ausf. C mit Wurfrahmen 40
Media and Contents:
271 parts (239 in grey styrene,
30 etched brass, 2 tan DS plastic track runs)
retail price estimated at US $14.98
Very nice, clean model of this popular
vehicle in "small scale"; unique but effective method of assembling
running gear; nicely done and VERY petite rocket launchers
RP parts (as in right puny!); cannot be
built as a "Stroke 2"
Highly Recommended for all German WWII
"Small Scale" fans
DML has now released the fourth in its series of 1/72 scale 251
halftracks, but even with previous comments on the internet by this
reviewer and others still has the misconception that the rockets are
mounted on a "Stroke 2" variant of the halftrack. This is not the
case as the racks can go on just about any variant of the series,
most of them being used on a "Stroke 1" or straight armored
personnel carrier, which is what is provided in the box here. The
"Stroke 2" is a dedicated mortar carrier for an 8 cm mortar, and DML
actually does produce one as a kit in 1/35 scale.
Like the previous ones, this kit is not an actual pantograph of the
larger kits, which would make it a nightmare to try and assemble,
but still appears based on the same research and drawings used for
the 1/35 scale kits. The lower hull is a single piece pan, less the
rear area, and the axles are molded on the lower hull. The running
gear for each side consists of a rear (inside) wheel section, a
center wheel section, three outer road wheels, and drivers. Once
installed the connectors between the individual wheels on the inside
and the center are not visible, so it helps speed up assembly while
making it easier to get things aligned. Tracks are the gluable DS
plastic, so you can also get them to settle down on top of the road
wheels with some care.
Most of the kit is the previous #7223 with a few upgrades. The model
comes with simplified (well, compared to the 1/35 version) interior
fittings but they are quite tiny as noted and will require a good
deal of care. Interior bits include the various control levers,
rifles, MP submachine guns, and other items. The hinge mechanisms
for the doors are single pieces, but are non-operating types. They
cement to the lower rear section, as the upper hull has the rear
angular parts of the hull attached to it. The four front viewers are
separate parts and can be cemented either open or closed as well, as
is the hood assembly with two flaps. No engine or interior is
provided for the engine bay.
The fenders are one-piece units, but the stowage bins are only
offered as closed parts. The front MG 34 shield is offered as either
a single piece of styrene or a three-piece etched brass option.
Other RP parts include the "Notek" headlight and mount and the drum
magazines for the two MG 34 machine guns. The weapons appear to be
very close to scale, something I don't recall from other
manufacturers in the past!
The rockets provided with this kit appear to be the heavy 32 cm ones
(as they are 4.5 mm in diameter or 324 mm in scale!) But they
require the use of etched brass plates for the launcher mounts and
aiming quadrants so the modeler no longer has a choice between
plastic and brass. This is sort of logical, as in this scale they
could not make plastic thin enough and seeming did not want to offer
two plates of which one would thereby have to be fixed. Fair
warning: the controls and levers for the aiming plates are among the
smallest etched brass pieces I have ever seen in a kit, with the
indicator (MB2) being about .010" wide and .050" long.
Other brass parts are optional according to the directions but would
seen to be necessary to provide such features as tool brackets. and
come with a choice of either plastic or
Painting and marking options are provided for three units: 500th
Sturmpanzer Pioniere Abteilung, Warsaw 1944 (overall Panzerbraun);
1th Panzer Division, Eastern Front 1942 (grey); and Unknown unit,
Eastern Front 1945 (white.) A "targeted" decal sheet is provided.
Overall, another nice effort. Note that since the rockets are listed
as "C/D" sprues a D version will probably follow in a few months, if
you wish to build one of those and not the C model.