67 beige coloured plastic parts on 2 sprues
plus a 4 page A5 sized instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 11
build diagrams and 1 page of painting instructions. There are no decals
in this kit.
High parts count, highly detailed, late
pressed wheels with separate tyres, 2 piece (inner & outer) gun shield,
ammunition case with 4 rounds and 2 spent cartridges included.
Sink mark on both sides of the breach
(easily fixed) and no figures.
A Brief History
The Pak 40 was one of the
outstanding anti-tank Guns, along with the British 17 Pdr, to come
out of the Second Great Unpleasantness. With a calibre of 75mm, it
could defeat any Allied armour at close to medium range and was so
successful it was adapted for use in all later German Tanks except
the heavies, which used the 88mm.
knowledge, there has only been one 1/72nd scale (Esci) and two
1/76th scale ( Matchbox and Heller) Pak 40s in plastic. All three
are old kits and therefore lack detail by today's standards. The
Esci kit has been re-released by Italeri in their German Gun Set,
No. 7026 and the Matchbox by Revell. I'm not sure of the
availability of the Heller kit.
The main problem with the Esci kit, apart from the lack of detail,
is that the gun has been moulded in the recoil position. The barrel
and recoil cradle are moulded as one and it will be very hard, if
not impossible, to separate them to fix the problem.
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kit has a parts count of 22, not including the figures, whereas for
Roden it is 67. All single major parts in the Esci will be five or
six parts from Roden. Consequently, the Roden kit will not be one to
put together in an afternoon but will require care, forethought and
a delicate touch to get it done correctly. There is a small amount
of flash, seam lines and ejector pin marks to clean up but the only
sink mark I could find was on both sides of the breach. They are on
flat surfaces and should not cause much concern.
There are a whole lot of other advantages to the Roden Pak 40 other
than a high parts count and correctly moulded gun. The later model
pressed wheels have separate tyres, two per side. This is a good
move by Roden, provided they fit correctly, as it will allow the
wheels and tyres to be painted apart and put together later. The gun
shield is a two-piece affair (inner and outer) just like the 1/1
scale gun. All the bits and pieces that mount on the two trails are
separate bits and although some modellers may prefer to replace the
handles with wire, the plastic is not noticeably over scale and will
allow the gun to be built in the firing or towing position.
When Roden were planning this kit, someone must have gone to sleep
on the job and added a sprue “F” into the parts plan. This sprue is
NOT for this kit and no parts from it are mentioned in the
instructions. It is in fact from the Sd Kfz 234/4 Pakwagon, kit
No.709 and the first kit I bought had this sprue in it as well.
However, the sleeper must have woken up because the second one I got
didn't have it. So when you get one of these, if the sprue is there
just put it in the spares box and if its not there, don't worry, its
not supposed to be.
you have it. Another superb kit from Roden that makes all the
Braille Pak 40s that came before look a little second hand. Remember
though, it will require a little effort and patients but a
magnificent model should ensue.