Mac Distribution 1/72 German 3 Ton Fuel Servicing Truck Kit First Look
|Date of Review||January 2005||Manufacturer||Mac Distribution|
|Subject||German 3 Ton Fuel Servicing Truck||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||72066||Primary Media||Styrene & Photo-etch|
|Pros||Nicely Detailed Kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$19.98|
General Motors was deeply involved with the acquisition and modernization of vehicle production in the 1920s, including the manufacturing facilities of Opel AG in Russelsheim, Germany. From this factory came one of Germany's most versatile support vehicles, the Opel Blitz.
The 3-Ton Opel Blitz would become one of the most widely used vehicles in its class by the Werhmacht, not only as a utility truck, but as a mobile repair shop, mobile radio unit, ambulance, etc. One such application was as a fuel truck to keep the Wehrmacht's thirsty vehicles moving.
The kit is molded on three trees of tan styrene plus a small fret of photo-etched parts included for handles, ladders and hood grilles. Specifically, this kit represents the three-ton Opel Blitz Type 3.6 6700A with the provisional cab and a fuel support equipment mounted behind the cab.
Assembly begins with a nicely detailed cab, with the stick shift and brake lever provided as photo-etch. The cab assembly mounts to the hood/front end, all of which then mounts to the chassis. The fuel tank, hose storage compartments, etc., comes together next.
Once the cab and fuel tank are mounted to the chassis, the photo-etched access ladders, tool bins and other details are finally added to the model.
Markings are provided for two examples: a fuel truck assigned to the 21st Panzer Division, DAK, 1942 or one assigned to the 1st Staffel NJG.1 'Munster' in the Autumn of 1942.
This is yet another interesting support vehicle for your collection. If you've been wanting to build a 1/72 vignette of your favorite DAK tank or Luftwaffe aircraft getting refueled, then this is the kit you've been waiting for. You can get this kit from your favorite hobby retailer or directly from Squadron Mail Order.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!