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Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A 1940 Production

DML 1/35 Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A 1940 Production - Smart Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review March 2012 Manufacturer DML
Subject Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.A 1940 Production - Smart Kit Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6630 Primary Media Styrene, Photo-Etch
Pros Highly detailed kit Cons No tarp roof for cargo area
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $56.99

First Look


The Sd.Kfz. 10 was unique among German half-track designs as it used a hull rather than a frame. Power was provided by a Maybach 6-cylinder, water-cooled, 3.791 litres (231.3 cu in) NL 38 TRKM gasoline engine of 90 horsepower (91 PS). It had a semi-automatic Maybach Variorex-transmission SRG 102128H (Schaltreglergetriebe 102128H) with seven forward and three reverse gears. The driver selected the desired gear and initiated the shift by depressing the clutch. It could attain 75 km/h (47 mph), but the driver was cautioned not to exceed 65 km/h (40 mph). In 1942 the :Luftwaffe limited its vehicles to a non-tactical speed of only 30 km/h (19 mph) to extend the life of the rubber track pads (Gummipolster).

This kit comes in a shrink-wrapped tray and lid type box. The box art has a 3-view illustration of the Sd.Kfz. 10 against an all-white background. The vehicle is in overall panzer gray with white patches painted on the front fenders. These where used for convoys to keep distance between vehicles I believe. A white tactical symbol is on the left rear and white license plates on each rear fender. The vehicle is with the famous “Unknown unit” Eastern Front 1941. This is one of the two marking options offered in the kit.

A yellow sticker that is attached to the shrink-wrap says that the kit is a limited edition of one production run.

The box art further says that there are 500 parts in the kit and that the kit is for skilled modelers over 14 years old and not for children under 3 because of small parts and a possible choking hazard. This warning is in 6 languages including English. The kit contains a model for one vehicle.

As is DML’s practice these days, the box is festooned on the side panels and the bottom of the tray with black and white illustrations of features in the kit.

One of the side panels shows two full color side profiles of the 2 schemes provided in the kit and an illustration of the decal sheet. A caution about getting too close to a open flame with either glue or paint also appears here. Mention is made that the kit is made in China and DML’s Hong Kong street address and their web site are given.

Inside the box are 13 gray parts trees in 13 sealed cello bags. The single hull tub part is in its own sealed cello. A set of Magic Tracks, a clear parts tree, a brass PE fret and the decal sheet (all in their own cellos) are taped to a card that is printed to look like a steel skid pattern.

The instructions complete the kits contents.

The instructions consist of a single large sheet that accordion folds out into 6 pages of 7 ½” x 13 ½” format.

Page 1 begins with a black and white repeat of the box art, followed by parts tree illustrations. Some of these parts are shaded over in blue, which means they are excess and not needed to complete the kit.

Page 2 begins with CAUTIONS, followed by international assembly symbol explanations and a color listing of Hobby Color, Mr. Color and Model Master brands of paints suggested to use to complete the kit. These are all in the 6 languages.

Below these is the first 2 assembly step drawings.

Page 3 to the top of page 6 give a balance of a total of 14 assembly steps.

The bottom of page 6 has two 3-views of schemes and markings for the kit.

One is the box art subject

The second one is in overall wood brown (which I kind of question) and has the white patches on its front fenders also. The license plates on the rear are blank. So, you will have to compose a number from the string of numbers on the decal sheet yourself. This vehicle is with the other famous “Unknown Unit” in North Africa 1941.

I think that Cyber Hobby/DML could have come up with some division markings if they had tried. This vehicle was used by a lot of different units.

The bottom of page 6 has DML’s street address in Austria, a copyright date of 2011 and decal application instructions in the 6 languages again.

I am going to beg off from doing my usual proceedure in my in-box reviews of naming the parts on the trees. There are just too many here to do that (500 or so) and truly I would probably miss-name stuff. So, I ask the readers to just look at the parts tree photos and see what is there. Thanks.

No figures are in the kit. There are only 4 98K carbines provided for the 8 rifle racks in the kit and no figures or tarp and its supports that go over the cargo area.

This is a very highly detailed kit and I highly recommend it to modelers that have completed a few other complex AFV model kits.

This is definitely not a week end project.

My sincere thanks to Dragon Models USA for this review sample!