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Telemeter KDO Mod.40 w/Sd.Anh 52 Trailer

Bronco Models 1/35 German Telemeter KDO Mod.40 w/Sd.Anh 52 Trailer Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review November 2012 Manufacturer Bronco Models
Subject German Telemeter KDO Mod.40 w/Sd. Anh 52 Trailer (Kommandogerät 40) Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35103 Primary Media Plastic, Photo Etch
Pros Great detail, all gauges supplied as decals Cons None
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $34.50

First Look

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The Kommandogerät 40 was a director used principally for large anti-aircraft guns, such as the 8.8cm Flak 36 or the 10.5cm Flak 40. Introduced by the German military in 1941, this small director was used by all three services and could be modified for use with almost any anti-aircraft gun. In the field the director used a 5 man crew; two men are required to input azimuth and elevation data. A third man sets the slant range by means of a 4 meter stereo range finder which is mounted on top of the director. A fourth man sets the horizontal angle of approach, while the fifth man is a general operator.

The time from the first acquiring of the target to firing the first round could be achieved in less than 30 seconds. The slant range could be up to 18,000 meters. For transport the director is mounted on a special trailer, equipped with lifting devices and towed by a light truck.

Well, if you want a change of pace from building tanks or airplanes, this is the kit for you! Bronco's kit is supplied in 144 parts molded in tan plastic and 34 pieces of photo etch detail parts. Everything is molded to Bronco's very high standards and no flaws are present. The decals supplied have all of the various gauges. 3 painting options are shown in the instruction book. Construction looks to be pretty straight forward. The kit can be built in either the combat position or the travel position. It can also be put on the trailer or not.

Lots of details packed into a small kit!

My sincere thanks to DML for this review sample!