7.5 cm PaK 40 w/Heer Gun Crew - Premium Edition
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
|Stock Number and Description||Dragon Models Limited 1/35 Scale ‘39-‘45 Series Kit No. 6433; 7.5 cm PaK 40 w/Heer Gun Crew - Premium Edition|
|Media and Contents:||454 parts (411 in grey styrene, 25 etched brass, 12 turned brass, 4 black vinyl, 2 preformed etched brass)|
|Price:||estimated price US $29.95|
|Review Type:||First Look|
|Advantages:||nice new crew for this popular weapon; many options provided in kit|
|Recommendation:||Highly Recommended for all German and artillery fans|
Dragon has now released a "Premium" version of their PAK 40 kit, using the corrected and updated "Late" version of the kit with a nice new crew and five sprues of their generic German kit.
Surprisingly, especially as it is a "Premium" version, this kit now no longer includes the turned aluminum barrel or turned ammo rounds. It retains the four vinyl (I think; not sure if they are actually black DS plastic or not) tires, either new or "chewed up." The kit provides for options in regard to three different styles of wheels and three different styles of muzzle brakes (each formed of a casting and a face, with the casting being hollow molded.) Also, the modeler has optional positions for shields, trails, suspension arms, breech block, and gun servicing panels. The gun is fixed, however, so traverse must be set during assembly.
The gun shield is now offered as either two injection molded styrene sections or a pair of preformed brass ones with turned brass bolts for standoff (in a similar manner to the AFV Club 8.8 cm Pak 41 kit). Both use a brass gun mask between them. The plastic part edges are "feathered" to a knife edge, so the modeler winds up with a shield that looks thin but is actually quite sturdy and easy to attach.
The kit provides a very nice "Gen1" set of new DML figures with a five man crew provided. Each figure comes in six basic parts but only one set of arms, unlike the great option in the DML 15 cm gun crew set. The figures appear as designated closer to the Army styles of uniforms and are in standard uniforms, no fancy smocks or other variations. The now common GA and GB sprues are provided, and this set comes with a full issue set of Mauser rifles for use by the crew.
The Pak 40 sprues are provided complete with a few "tweaks" to the molds, and it provides eight AP rounds, two ammo crates and a number of shipping tubes and three expended cases. The latter two items have been "slide molded" with open ends for better definition and more options. Most of the Cartograf decals are primarily for these parts and provide the necessary stencils in both black and white. Since guns rarely bear any markings other than stray "serviced on" decals, there are none included.
Finishing options are for but two weapons, one in sand brown and one in grey.
Overall this is a nice upgrade to a well designed kit and again should prove popular in a diorama.
A 55 Pak 40 lower carriage
B 63 Pak 40 upper carriage
C 31 Pak 40 ammo shipping material and eight rounds
D 8 Pak 40 wheel centers, gun shield
E 4 Black vinyl tires
GA 68 German kit: helmets, canteens, mess tins, bayonets
GB 56 German kit: ammo pouches, bread bags, ponchos
WA 18x3 German weapons: 2 x Kar 98K and accessories
6433 76 Army gun crew (5 figures) for antitank guns
MA 5 Etched brass
MB 20 Etched brass
MC 2 Pre-formed etched brass
MC 12 Turned brass bolts
Freddie Leung for the review sample.