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Leichte (Funk) Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. A - 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. 6591; Leichte (Funk) Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. A - Smart Kit
Scale: 1/35
Media and Contents: 581 parts (307 in grey styrene, 192 “Magic Track” single links, 45 etched brass, 37 clear styrene)
Price: pre-order price US$44.95 via Dragon USA Online
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: “Smart Kit” concept provides fine details in a nearly all-styrene kit; retention of “Magic Track” will please some modelers...
Disadvantages: ...but track links are 1/72 scale size and not intended for the multi-thumbed
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for all very early WWII and German armor fans



As noted when the first DML Pzkw. I Ausf. A kits came out, everyone has to start somewhere, and the Germans started their legendary armored forces with this little tank. But even during WW I it was seen by the French and British that radio equipped command tanks were going to be needed to keep the new formations in contact with headquarters, and in1934 the Germans converted 15 Ausf. A tanks into radio-equipped command tanks. Unlike the later Ausf. B based command tanks, the first variant used a new casemate welded to the upper hull of the standard gun tank and a complete suite of radio sets inside the hull.

This time around DML has once more mixed and matched bits from earlier Panzer I kits and three of their generic radio set sprues with new mold parts to produce a model of the 15 very early model command tanks. This kit still comes with DML’s “Magic Track” snap-together dry-fit tracks that only need minimal cleanup before assembly. There will be some arguing, however, that this kit probably should have used DML’s DS plastic tracks as it is such a small vehicle they would have solved the problem of track installation, but the selection of “Magic Tracks” is not so bad. They are very tiny, however, and if you are all thumbs or suffer from any sort of joint problems they will not be fun to assemble.

While all of the ports and hatches are posable as either open or closed, this kit comes with a complete interior for the crew compartment (no engine is provided albeit some parts from previous kits are on the sprues).

While this is a “Smart Kit” etched brass has been increased over some previous variants and covers the wheel rings as well as one brass radio rack and other elements better done in brass. These include the muffler guards and mounting straps and two small cooling vents at the rear of the hull top.

Technical assistance was provided by Ed Kusiak, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

Finishing instructions and decals are provided for two different tanks: Unidentified unit, Germany 1939 (brown/earth/green camoflage with lighting bolt on the right rear fender). A tiny set of white crosses is provided by Cartograf along with the lighting bolt.

Overall, this is a nicely done vehicle with a full radio fit and should be of interest to “wiggly amps” fans.

Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.

Cookie Sewell

Sprue Layout:

A 35 A wheels and running gear
B 54 Fenders, idler mounts, hatches, details
C 23 Upper hull details
D 28 A upper hull
F 21 Early model hull details, smoke candles
G 32 Interior, floor, engine components, controls
H 14 Casemate, hatch, guards and brackets
J 37 Machine gun parts, interior components
L 8 Early model road wheels
L 4 Early model springs, idler mounts
R 192 Magic Track links
W 37 Pzkw. I clear
X 1 A lower hull pan
MA 28 Etched brass
MB 1 Etched Brass
MC 16 Early model road wheel rings
RB 9 Radio accessories
RC 14 Racks and radios sets
RD 18 Radio sets


Sprue Layout:

A 58 5 cm PaK 38 - complete kit
A 41 250 chassis and details
B 11 250 w/Pak 38 – new interior and rear hull parts
B 7x2 5 cm ammo cases
B 11 5 cm PaK 38 adapter mount components
C 31 250 Neu upper hull and interior components
E 37 250 Neu lower hull and details
F 168 “Magic Track” two-piece links
G 28x2 250 road wheels and front wheels
H 6 250 drivers
W 8 251 clear styrene
X 16 250 engine
Z 1 250 one piece lower hull
TG 10 German tools - pioneer tools and fire extinguishers
MA 4 Etched brass
MA 12 Etched brass
MB 2 Turned brass width indicators

Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.