Eduard Sd.Kfz.251/7 Ausf.C Pioneerpanzerwagen
by Frank De Sisto
1/35-scale photo-etched brass for the DML kit. Price: $24.95 USD.
Although DML continues to release kits with more and more items traditionally
left to after-market manufacturers, there is always more to be done, especially
for the detail fanatic.
So, this set for the engineer half-track on the Ausf.C chassis is still
quite useful. Eduard provides a full-color, printed sheet of paper for
the instrument dial faces (which I prefer over their film) that goes behind
the new etched panel.
There are also other parts for the driver’s cockpit such as foot
pedals, gear shift box, gas mask racks and seat backs. A new radio and
mounting frame, new MP40 ammo pouches and new vision block holders are
also provided. The various internal stowage lockers get new hinge details,
while new racks are provided for rifles, MP40 and MG34/42s and ammo drums.
Externally, details for the tools as well as one-piece clamps and brackets
are given; I like these because they assemble very easily. I don’t
need them to be workable and therefore overly complex.
A new shield is provided for the forward-mounted MG34/42. Various brackets
and mounts are given for head- and tail-lamps as are new turning signal
indicators. The jerry cans included in the DML kit get new racks, while
the external storage lockers receive new hinges and securing chains. There
are supports for the foul weather canvas and, finally, the characteristic
triangular-shaped mounting brackets for the assault bridge sections are
This is a simple set, which will add quite a bit of nice detail to the
DML kit. I would thing that much of what’s given would be equally
useful to any DML Ausf.C-based kit, as well as their Ausf.D-based “slash
Images provided by Eduard whose products are available at retail and
mail order shops, or direct from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.