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Kapitan 2 door Saloon German Staff Car

ICM 1/35 Kapitan 2 door Saloon German Staff Car Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review September 2013 Manufacturer ICM
Subject Kapitan 2 door Saloon German Staff Car Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35476 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Full interior (gauges are supplied as decals) Cons None
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $34.99

First Look

Kapitan 2 door Saloon German Staff Car
Kapitan 2 door Saloon German Staff Car
Kapitan 2 door Saloon German Staff Car

The Opel passenger car was made in the middle of Opel's prewar model range. In the beginning of the war most of the cars made by Opel were requisitioned and used as personal transport for officers of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe. There were about 25370 cars produced of which 3422 were of the 2 door, closed top style. These cars were used on both the East and West fronts up to the end of the war.

The ICM kit consists of 135 parts molded in tan styrene and 19 parts molded in clear styrene. All of the parts are very well molded and feature nice detail. There is no flash present. Seam lines are very faint and will be easy to clean up. The instructions are well written and should be easy to follow. Decals are provided for four vehicles. They are:

  • Germany 1940, overall Gloss Black
  • France, Summer 1940, overall Schwarzgrau
  • Libya 1942, Schwarzgrau with Afrika Braun '42
  • France, Summer 1944, Dunkelgelb with Olivgrun spots

Some key features of the kit are:

  • Full engine
  • Detailed suspension
  • Detailed drive train
  • Full interior (gauges are supplied as decals)
  • Hood can be built open or closed
  • Doors can be open or closed
  • Trunk can be built open or closed

This is another great kit from ICM in there ever growing line of soft skin vehicles from World War II. With the low parts count and nice details, this one should be a fairly quick build.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!

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