Ace 1/72 Kfz.16 Uniform Chassis Medium Personnel Car Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||November 2011||Manufacturer||Ace|
|Subject||Kfz.16 Uniform Chassis Medium Personnel Car||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||72259||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Highly detailed vehicle||Cons||No engine|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$11.50|
The Horch 901, type 40, Kfz. 16 was developed from the Kfz.15, which in turn was developed from a pre-war civilian design for military use. The Kfz.15 saw action on every front throughout WWII. Uses included staff car, communications vehicle, light ambulance, and even a light anti-aircraft variant. Other automotive concerns built cars in the same class, but the robust vehicle built by Horch (Auto-Union) was one of the most numerous, frequently seen in wartime photos.
The Kfz.16, 4-wheel drive car was developed as a control-type vehicle. It had the spare tire storage changed from having 2 tires mounted externally on the sides to moving just one spare into the compartment. The compartment was also widened. Several variants of the Kfz.16 were also built on that chassis.
Ace is a model company based in the Ukraine.
The kit comes in a tray and lid type box. The box art shows a Kfz.16 in overall panzer gray in the marks for a vehicle assigned to Wehrmacht Infantry Division “Gross Deutschland”, Russia, August 1942. This is one of the marking options included on the kits decal sheet.
The kit contains 4 dark gray parts trees and a single dark gray part that is the vehicles radiator. The decal sheet and instructions complete the kit’s contest. Parts are in a zip-lock type cello bag.
No part numbers are on the parts trees and they are not alphabetized either. You have to refer to the parts trees illustrations in the instructions and search the parts trees for any part needed. The number sequence shown on each tree drawing are consecutive and don’t jump all over the place out of sequence at least.
The instructions consist of a single sheet, folded in the center to create 4 pages in 6” x 8” page format. Page 1 begins with a black and white repeat of the box art, followed by the parts trees illustrations and Ace’s street and web address.
Spread across pages 2 and 3 are ten exploded drawings that are not numbered as to what sequence to follow. However, study shows that modelers should start at the top and do the builds from left to right and continue down the pages that way. The option for a vehicle with or without the canvas roof are shown.
There is pattern drawings for doing the front and rear windows using clear film. However, no clear film is provided in the kit. You have to come up with that item on your own.
Page 4 has the painting and marking schemes for 4 different vehicles. All are said to be panzer gray.
- A Kfz.16 with the Wehrmacht Infantry Division, “Gross Deutschland”, Russia, August 1942 (the box art subject) Although said to be over-all panzer gray, one could possibly over paint that with winter whitewash for Russia
- A Kfz.16 with SS-Freiwilligen Gebergs Division, “Prinz Eugen”. Yugoslavia, Spring 1943
- A Kfz.16 belonging to General-feldmarshall Erwin Rommel, DAK, North Africa, 1942. Although said to be panzer gray, this one could be done in earth yellow too
- A Kfz.16 with an unknown Wehrmacht unit, Russia 1942. Again, this one could have the panzer gray over painted with winter white wash
The first dark gray parts tree has parts numbers 1 to 15 on it. It holds: the chassis with front fenders attached, hood parts, foot steps, wheels etc. (19 parts)
The second dark gray parts tree has part numbers 16 to 45 on it. It holds: the steering wheel, drive shaft, muffler and tailpipe, axles, suspension parts etc. (43 parts)
The third dark gray parts tree has part numbers 46 to 57 on it. It holds: 2 more tires (these are excess), the vehicle’s floor board, dashboard, firewall etc. (16 parts)
The fourth dark gray parts tree has parts numbers 58 to 77 on it. It holds: the spare tire, windshield frame, side panels, canvas top, seats, rear fenders etc. (23 parts)
The fifth tree is a tiny one that just holds the radiator part. This part is part number 8 and is illustrated in the parts tree illustrations as being on the first parts tree described above. However, on the actual parts tree the area where number 8 should be is VACANT. I suspect that Ace had some problem with the radiator that was molded on that tree and had to re-do it this way.
This is a neat little kit. It has lots of parts for being a 1/72nd scale kit. Only thing missing is an engine. There are also no figures in the kit.
This kit is definitely recommended!
My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra.com for this review sample!