Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. L Late Production w/Winterketten - Smart Kit
Dragon, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
|Stock Number and Description||Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale ‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6387; Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. L Late Production w/Winterketten - Smart Kit|
|Media and Contents:||723 parts (464 in grey styrene, 216 “Magic Link” individual track links, 24 etched brass, 19 clear styrene)|
|Price:||estimated price US$49.95|
|Review Type:||First Look|
|Advantages:||Builds one specific variant of this tank; “Smart Kit” minimizes the amount of etched brass required|
|Disadvantages:||Kit does not come with DS tracks, which will disappoint a few modelers|
|Recommendation:||Highly Recommended for all WWII German Eastern Front fans|
DML has now released a kit of an Ausf. L with the Winterketten they introduced on an Ausf. N kit in 2010 to expand their line of “Winterized” German tanks. The Winterketten are provided as “Magic Track” single links with the extended blades on the outside of the track, but this kit does not have the ice cleats as well.
Other than specific parts to build the Ausf. L there is little different from previous DML Panzer III kits. As it is a late product L the hull pan has no side hatches. It retains the full torsion bar suspension from the other kit and the detailed suspension components and muffler assembly. As with the StuG all hatches are separate with some interior details and can be positioned as the modeler chooses. All engine deck ventilators are spaced and mounted on separate frames to get the correct appearance and “lift” needed to give an accurate representation of the original.
The kit provides some of the options for spaced armor arrays to include the additonal armor. Options also include blackout or clear headlight lenses and the “kugel” mount for the bow machine gun. All viewports and viewers may be positioned open or closed as well.
Once again this kit includes the rudiments of a turret interior, which is accurate as far as it goes.
As noted this kit offers DML “Magic Link” single link 40 cm tracks with the extended blades molded in place. But unlike the earlier two kits (StuG III G and Panzer III Ausf. N) they have deleted the set of ice cleats.
Technical advice was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
The kit provides three finishing options: Pz.Rgt. 15, 11th Panzer Division, Kharkov 1943 (grey with whitewash patches, white 32); Unidentified Unit, Kharkov 1943 (grey with whitewash patches, red 221); Unidentified Unit, Kharkov 1943 (grey with faded whitewash coating, red L32). All markings are targeted and from Cartograf.
Overall this kit provides yet another option for the popular Panzer III series from DML.
A 82 Pzkw III hull details and turret mounting
A 61x2 StuG III Wheels and torsion bars (7 mini-sprues connected)
B 13 Pzkw III upper hull and fenders
B 46 StuG III Road wheel arms and lower hull details
C 41 Pzkw III applique armor and details
D 31 StuG III basic upper hull details
D 35 Pzkw. III turret details
E 15 Pzkw III turret and mantelet details
F 15 Pzkw IV F - turret cupola
G 52 Pzkw IV F - turret and hull details
G 15 StuG III OVM and light components
G 11 Pzkw. III fenders and mantelet parts
H 1 Lower hull pan
L 108 Magic Track Winterketten - Left
15 Pzkw IV F Clear styrene
P 4 Clear styrene
R 108 Magic Track Winterketten - Right
MA 24 Etched brass
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.