31 parts in cream coloured resin, 2 double
sided A5 instruction pages with history, parts plan, 2 build diagrams
and colour suggestion drawing.
Unusual subject, highly detailed exterior
and well cast resin.
No interior detail, not for the
Highly recommended to Braille Scalers with
Now here's something a little different - 1/72 scale German
Commander's Caravan in resin from Planet Models. If I recall
correctly, I saw one of these a long time ago in the movie The
Battle Of The Bulge.
In Australia, this is what we would call a Dog Trailer. Now, I guess
I had better explain that. We use two types of trailer in The Land
Of Oz. Dogs and Pigs. Pig trailers are those with up to three axles
mounted centrally such as a caravan or box trailer and a fixed draw
bar. They are called pigs because with multi-axles they don't like
Dog trailers have their wheels and axles mounted front and rear.
Some have car type steering controlled by the draw bar but most have
what is called a dolly under the front which is a platform with the
axles and draw bar fixed solidly to it and an articulated vehicle
type turn table connecting it to the rest of the trailer. They are
called Dogs because they are a pain to reverse. Anyone who has ever
towed a trailer will know how hard it can be to reverse it down a
long drive-way. Your conventional trailer (Pig) has only two
elements, a Dog has three making it that much harder.
I have seen photos of Road Trains in Central and Northern Australia
with up to four Dogs behind a Semi-trailer. That is ten elements.
Imagine trying to reverse one of them!
However, I digress - back to the subject in hand.
Planet Models has delivered a cute little model, with plenty of
exterior detail and would look good in a diorama of a column of
vehicles, being towed by something like an Sd.Kfz. 251. As I said in
the Summary, it has no interior and there is a small amount of flash
on some parts but nothing that would worry an experienced modeller
used to working with resin.
If you wanted, you could scratch build an interior but where you
would find the references is any-bodies guess. I would be happy just
to build it as-is and put it in a small diorama. The uses are only
limited by your own imagination.
Highly Recommended to Resin Experienced Modellers.
MPM / Planet Models for the review sample