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Kadett K38 Saloon German Staff Car

ICM 1/35 Kadett K38 Saloon German Staff Car Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review July 2013 Manufacturer ICM
Subject Kadett K38 Saloon German Staff Car Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35478 Primary Media Styrene
Pros New subject, full engine Cons Doors molded closed
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $37.99

First Look

Kadett K38 Saloon German Staff Car
Kadett K38 Saloon German Staff Car
Kadett K38 Saloon German Staff Car

The Kadett K38 was one of the most numerous cars in the Opel pre-war model range. Between 1937 and 1943 Opel produced 56,335 cars in all types with the two-door fully enclosed saloon bodies being the most numerous. In the beginning of the war most of the cars were requisitioned and used as personal transport for officers. These cars were used in both the West and Eastern fronts right up until the end of WWII.

The ICM kit consists of 115 styrene parts molded in tan, 8 styrene parts molded in clear and five rubber tires. All of the parts are molded very well and there is no flash. Seam lines are very fine. Detail is quite good and will look great once painted. The instructions are very well laid out and should be easy to follow.  Markings are provided for four different vehicles. They are:

  • Germany, Summer 1939, car in blue
  • France, Summer 1940, car in grey
  • Russia, Winter 1942, car in white
  • France, Summer 1944, car in dark yellow

Some key features of the kit are:

  • Full engine
  • Detailed interior
  • Gauges supplied as decals
  • Detailed suspension
  • Hood can be assembled in the open or closed position

Another great kit in ICM's ever growing line of soft skinned vehicles!

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

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