ICM 1/35 Krupp L3H163 German Truck Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||February 2012||Manufacturer||ICM|
|Subject||Krupp L3H163 German Truck||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||35461||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Very highly detailed||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$56.95|
Germany began to build their modern army after 1933. The important part of Wehrmacht motorization was manufacturing of three-axle 3 t trucks. One of them was the Krupp L3H63. It was in production lines since 1931. The modification designated Krupp L3H163 (1936-1938) had a 110 hp 6-cylinder petrol engine and pneumatic brakes.
All in all there were produced about 2,000 Krupp L3H63 and L3H163 trucks together.
The Krupp L3H163 trucks were widely used by all German arms of service up to 1942 in the Polish and French campaigns and in the Balkans and on the Soviet/German front.
ICM is a model company based in the Ukraine. Squadron Mail Order is the exclusive U.S. distributor.
The kit comes in a shrink-wrapped tray and lid type box.
The box art shows a L3H163 parked on a grassy field. It is overall panzer gray with a white triangle on the right fender and a small white 31 on a bottom corner of the windshield.
Stuck to the shrink wrap is a sticker that talks about $14.00 of IN GAME items and the WORLD OF TANKS. More about this later.
A side panel gives a one paragraph history of the vehicle in English. This is followed by the statement that there is one unassembled model in the box and it has a length of 204 mm, a height of 72 mm and includes 296 parts. Cement and paint will be needed to finish the model and they are not included. An instruction sheet and decal are included. The kit is made in the Ukraine.
ICM’s phone number, e-mail address and web site are shown. A white sticker says that MMD-Squadron is the exclusive distributor. The kit is designed for modelers of 14 years of age and older.
The other side panel has a 3-view of the vehicle shown on the box art.
Inside the box are 7 light tan trees of parts and a tree of clear parts in a sealed cello bag. The clear parts are in a further clear cello bag. The instructions and a card that you redeem to get $14.00 worth of in-game items for a video game called WORLD OF TANKS.
The instructions consist of a unbound booklet of 12 pages in 7 ½” x 10 ½” format printed on slick coated paper.
Page 1 of the instructions begins with the history of the L3H163 in Ukranian and English. This is followed by a listing of Model Master brand paints, suggested to use to finish the model. Below this is CAUTIONS in Ukranian and English, mention that the Leibshtandart Company gave assistance with the kit’s design and ICM’s phone number, e-mail address and web site.
Page 2 shows the parts tree drawings.
Pages 3 through 10 give a total of 30 assembly step drawings.
Page 11 has two 3-views in full color for two painting and marking schemes. Both are in overall panzer gray with light tan canvas roofs over the cab.
The first one just has license plate tags WH-47912 and is a vehicle used in Poland in 1939.
The second one has white formation stripes on the front fenders and a white rectangle with a black bird perched on a pedestal on it. This symbol is on the left rear of the tail gate with a small red stenciled 303 to the left of it. It has black stenciled information on the cab doors. The license plate number is WH-48150 and is a vehicle used in France in June of 1940. However, no unit is identified for these two.
Page 12 has two more 2-views. Both of these are also overall panzer gray.
The first one has a white square with a black triangle with a star at the top and a X over the triangle on the center of the tailgate and on the front right fender. . It has the license number of WH-106686 on it. It is a vehicle in Germany the summer of 1940. It carries the black stenciled information on the cab doors also.
The second one is the box art subject already described above. The white triangle is off set to the left of the tailgate and has the small stenciled number 31 to the left of it. The license plate number is WH-150729. It is a vehicle in the Ukraine, August 1941. The cab door stenciled information appears on this one too.
Again, we are not told what units these are.
Although the parts trees are alphabetized and parts numbered on the parts tree illustrations in the instructions. The alphabet letters are not molded on the parts trees, only the part numbers are there.
The large light tan tree that is designated as “A” holds: engine parts, drive chain, transmission, leaf springs, wheels, dashboard, body frame etc. (101 parts)
The large light tan tree designated as “B” holds: chassis parts, fenders, radiator, hood, fire wall, cab walls and seat etc. (28 parts)
The large light tan tree designated as “C” holds the wood cargo deck parts (21 parts) Five of these parts are shaded out on the parts tree illustrations as being excess and not needed to complete the kit.
There are 2 identical small light tan trees designated as “D”. These each hold: tires, tow hooks, grab handles, shift levers, headlights etc.(33 parts) Seventeen of these parts are shaded out on the parts tree illustration as being excess.
Medium sized light tan “E” tree holds: flag pennant frame, rear view mirror, storage lockers, shovel, pick etc. (58 parts) Twenty parts are shaded out on the parts tree illustration as being excess.
Letter “F” tree is the clear parts. This tree holds all the cab windows and the head light lenses (10 parts)
Small light tan “G” tree holds: exhaust pipes, another fender penant frame, steering wheel etc. (41 parts)
With all the excess parts in the kit modelers will fill up their spares box. Because of these excess parts I cannot help but wonder if ICM doesn't plan a different version of this Krupp truck??
There are no crew figures in the kit, no canvas cover for the cargo bed and no cargo load.
This is a very highly detailed kit. Doors to the cab and engine compartment can be posed open or closed. The engine, suspension and drive chain are all in many parts with tremendous detail. Therefore, I recommend this kit to advanced modelers that have a few other highly detailed AFV kits under their belts.
Very highly recommended.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!