Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C With Wurfrahmen 40
Revell 1/72 Scale
Reviewed by Glen Porter
A Brief History:
The Sd.Kfz. 251 family of light armoured half-tracks was based on the successful Sd.Kfz.11 artillery tugs and were used by German forces in every theatre of the war. The Ausf. C version was designed before the war and the 251/1 was the base vehicle used as an APC or gun towing vehicle and some had antitank guns, anti aircraft guns or rocket launches mounted on them.
This new kit by Revell is not quite as detailed as Dragon’s offering but will be far easier to build. With its link and length tracks and the ability to build the tracks, wheels and suspension as a unit, this kit should be suitable for even relatively inexperienced modellers.
Compared to the Italeri (ex-Esci) 251, the mouldings are clean and flash free with no distortion and a lot more detail. The rear doors can be moulded open but considering the lack of interior detail against Dragon’s model it may be better to leave them closed.
The Wurfrahmen 40 (rockets) are very well done with separate projectiles, launch frames and mounts. These will need to be painted before construction and some parts are very small so care will be needed. However, the kit can be built without the rockets as a standard Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. C.
If the Italeri kit was rated as 1 and the Dragon as 10, in my opinion, this kit from Revell would rate as an 8, not quite as good as Dragon’s but far better than Italeri/Esci.
Thanks to Creative Models Limited for the review sample www.creativemodels.co.uk
Text by Glen Porter