|Catalogue No.:||39-45 Series Kit No. 6085|
|Review Type:||In Box|
S u m m a r y
|Contents:||307 parts in grey styrene|
|Advantages:||First kit of a lightweight flat car; can be built as either armored or unarmored versions; great diorama possibilities|
|Disadvantages:||No track included|
|Recommendation:||For all fans of German armor|
F i r s t L o o k
DML continues its German WWII railway equipment with a converted flatcar and crew. This consists of a basic Typ Omm chassis (2 Axle, 25 ton maximum loading, under 9 meters long) with low armored sides pierced with firing ports and the complete DML #6064 German Heavy Machine Gun Team.
The flatcar portion of the kit is very well done, including some very nice German DR decals for the chassis, and all of the major components are present. Before the nitpickers complain, while the decals say "1951" on them, that is the next time the cars were due for major overhaul, not the date of construction! The same with the weight guarantee, which provides for its certified ability to carry a specific loading through April 1949.
The cars have great possibilities for WW II use, and can be converted into a number of other types for use in dioramas and vignettes. However, most of them appear to have gone out of service shortly after the end of the war, as heavier models (such as the Ssy series) were seen as offering more flexibility. While a few may still be in service today (the Germans NEVER throw any railway gear away!) it would be out of place in postwar dioramas, except as a background item or conversions.
The figure set has been reviewed before, and is excellent. They are in good positions for use with this car in action, and can be seen in the box art and photos in position.
Modelers must note that this kit does NOT come with a section of track presumably as it was felt that it would be used in combination with other kits, or that the diorama builder would get his tracks elsewhere. It can be used with DML 1/35 Ordnance #3825, Section of Railway track with Embankment, or any 1/35 resin track option.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
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