Eduard Sd.Kfz.251/22 Ausf.D (35776)
by Frank De Sisto
Photo-etched brass in1/35th-scale for DML kit. Price: $24.95 USD.
Like all of Eduard’s recent etch sets for the new wave of Sd.Kfz.251
kits, this one starts out with details for the cockpit. These include
a new instrument panel with separate detail parts as well as full-color
printed paper instrument dial faces. The area is further embellished with
new foot pedals, access plates and various fittings and clamps. The remainder
of the cockpit receives holders for the spare glass blocks, seat back
springs, radio rack, storage clips for the MP40 and its ammo pouches.
Other interior parts include details for the bench seats, fire extinguisher
brackets, snail-drum ammo holder and door latches.
The PaK 40 gets completely new shields, which match those in the DML
kit, as well as details for the various fittings that are attached to
them. However, the DML shields themselves are questionable dimension-wise,
which may make the Eduard shields less-attractive, since they match those
provided in the kit. There are details for the gun’s cradle as well
as new hinges for the ammo lockers. The MG42 receives an AA ring sight
and a section of (flat) belted ammo. The remaining parts are for the exterior
and include tail-lamp mounts and details, mud flaps, lifting hooks, antenna
mount base, chains and locks for the storage lockers as well as chain
for the tow pintle. Finally, there are clamps and brackets for the tools.
This set will easily compliment the DML kit, despite the shields issue.
The remaining parts will also improve the kit wherever they are used.
Images provided by Eduard whose products are available at retail and
mail order shops, or direct from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.