115 grey plastic parts on three sprues,
decals for four vehicles, a 5 page, double sided, fold-out instruction
sheet with history, parts plan, seven build diagrams and four pages of
Important subject, highly detailed, link
and length tracks and excellent decals.
Tracks slightly over-scale; incorrect
number of teeth on sprocket; some small shape problems in upper hull.
The Panzer I, first of the WWII
German tanks, was designed as a training tank but was deployed
operationally in both Poland and France. Its chassis was also later
put to other uses such as ammunition carrier and Panzerjager.
This 1/72 scale kit, by Italeri, is another of the ex Esci releases
that has not been seen for quite some time. It is also the only one
in Braille Scale and considering its age is a very good kit.
With a parts count of 115 for such a small vehicle, even though it
has link and length tracks, means it has plenty of detail. Upper and
lower hull, suspension and all ancillary parts are on the main sprue.
Fighting compartment, turret and all associated parts are on the
second sprue. The link and length tracks are on the third.
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The kit is not without its faults
however. The tracks are a bit over scale resulting in the drive
sprocket having 12 instead of 20 teeth. I think this is probably as
a result of the scale Ė at the time of the kitís original release
any smaller would have been to hard to handle or mould. Also, the
sides of the engine deck should slope towards the centre instead of
being vertical which means the deck itself is too wide. Where it
meets the fighting compartment, they have put a small chamfer on
each side to narrow it. I wouldn't bother to correct this but if you
wanted to know more,
follow this link to see
Doug Chaultry review of the kit.
The decals by Zanchetti Buccinasco are typically well printed and
cover four vehicles. A Legion Condor, Spain, 1937 in dark green,
Poland, 1939 in dark grey with broad white crosses, France, 1940
also in dark grey and a DAK vehicle in sand, 1942.
Considering the importance of this tank, it's strange that no other
manufacturer has produced it in 1/72 scale but considering that
until recently Esci was the leader in Braille, and their range of
subjects was enormous, it is really no surprise that it is such a