1500 A and
1/72 scale Steyr 1500 A & Steyr
1500 A/01 models are available
online at Squadron.com
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|KPC72103 - Steyr 1500 A
KPC72104 - Steyr 1500 A/01
|Contents and Media:
|46 parts in tan plastic; 1 28mm x
19mm brass etched fret; 1 clear acetate sheet (windscreen)
|USD$14.96 each from
|Good detail; nice fabric texture;
etched parts are a thoughtful touch; acetate windscreen provides scale
thisckness; looks accurate.
|Disappointing front wheels; lots of
flash; only one hood option per kit; one variant per kit.
|Recommended to wargamers and
small-scale armour enthusiasts.
AMC Models is a Czech company that produces small-scale military models. They
have recently released two variants of the Austrian Steyr 1500 heavy car.
Both of AMC Model's Steyrs are identical with three exceptions. These
the driver's side body (the 1500 A
stores the spare tyre inside, while the body of the 1500 A/01 has a
large indent permitting the spare tyre to be stowed outside the car)
the canvas canopy (the 1500 A kit
supplies an erected hood and the 1500 A/01 supplies a folded hood)
decals (1500 A issues decals for a
Wehrmacht vehicle in grey; 1500 A/01 provides decals for an Afrika
Otherwise, both kits share 44 parts moulded in tan styrene on a
single sprue. Sprue connection points are fairly narrow, but many of the
parts are surrounded by fine flash. This is particularly apparent on the
protective grille at the front of the vehicle.
The detail on most parts is quite good, with structural features
moulded onto both sides of body sidewalls and floor parts. A few feint
ejector pin marks are apparent, but these are generally in places that
will be hard to see when the model is completed. Fabric detail is nicely
done in this small scale too.
The biggest disappointment is the very poor front wheels. This is not
a moulding flaw - it is just bad design. I recommend lots of mud to hide
The etched parts are a thoughtful
addition in this scale. They provide
the characteristic mesh grilles for front and sides of the engine
compartment. These parts are simply glued onto the outside of the
plastic, but on the real vehicle they were recessed. The truly
masochistic modeller may attempt to cut out the appropriate shapes in
the hood to accommodate these etched parts. The instrument panel,
rear-view mirror, steps and width-guide poles are also supplied as
etched parts. The small balls on the end of the poles should be
replicated with a tiny blob of white glue to restore a three-dimensional
The final photo-etched part is the windscreen frame. This part is
glued to the acetate windscreen to ensure scale thickness. Nice touch!
Instructions are called out over eleven steps on a folded A3 sheet.
History and scale drawings are also provided on this sheet.
AMC Models' 1/72 scale Steyrs are nice little models that will be
appreciated by small-scale modellers and wargamers.
Detail is quite good (with the exception of the front wheels), and
the inclusion of etched parts addresses moulding
limitations in this scale. However, I would have preferred to see both
1500 A and A/01 options included in one kit; and certainly would have
liked to see the option of a folded and erected hood in both
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 26 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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