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German Antitank Team w/Panzerschrek

DML 1/35 German Antitank Team w/Panzerschrek - Gen2 Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review June 2008 Manufacturer DML
Subject German Antitank Team w/Panzerschrek - Gen2 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6374 Primary Media 8268 parts (248 in grey styrene, 20 etched brass)
Pros Nice new figure set with German “bazooka” with one casual team and one in action team Cons Figure selection may limit use in diorama settings
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $14.95

First Look

Most Allied tankers in WWII became intimately familiar with the one-shot “Panzerfaust” weapons designed for use by untrained infantry, but they also ran into the German version of the bazooka – a reloadable 8.8 cm weapon that gave increased range and accuracy. This required more training and was not encountered as often as the Panzerfaust weapons, but did its share of damage. (There are rumors that the US 3.5" Super-Bazooka was patterned on this weapon, but so far I have not been able to run it down.)

DML has now released a new “Gen 2" set of four figures equipped with this weapon; one set of “in action” figures is wearing greatcoats and firing from a standing position; the other is wearing normal combat dress with soft caps and in route march.

Each figure follows the normal breakdown of “Gen 2" figures - 17 parts consisting of head (2), torso (2), legs (2), arms (2) hands (2), footgear (2), collar (1) and coat tail or skirt (4). All are new molds but there are no optional hands or arms to place the figures in different poses.

The kit provided is from the now normal generic sprues GA and GB and should be familiar to all those who have seen the Gen 2 figures, and also the WA sprue with two Kar 98Ks and accessories is included. A small fret of etched brass provides the slings and optional belt buckles and shoulder straps.

This kit also includes two WE sprues, each of which comes with a Panzerschrek with four rounds, an ammo carrying case, and optional parts for early or late versions of the weapon. The tails of the rocket projectiles are “Slide Molded” so have internal detail, as is the carrying case which comes with a separate lid.

Finishing directions – like the box art – are from Ron Volstad. There is a small sheet of Cartograf decals included for the two carrying cases and the Panzerschrek weapons.

Overall this looks to be another nice and useful set of figures, but the fact that the firing team is in long coats pretty much puts them in the winter of 1944-1945.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 40 Two figures - long coats
  • B 42 Two figures - jackets
  • MA 20 etched brass
  • GA 64 German generic kit – helmets, gas mask canisters, canteens
  • GB 56 German generic kit – bread bags, ammo pouches, ponchos
  • WA 18 German generic weapons - 2 x Kar 98K and ammo clips
  • WE 14x2 German generic weapons - 8.8 cm Panzerschrek and accessories