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Totenkopf Division Kharkov 1943

DML 1/35 Totenkopf Division Kharkov 1943 - Gen2 Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review May 2009 Manufacturer DML
Subject Totenkopf Division Kharkov 1943 - Gen2 Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6385 Primary Media 312 parts (289 in grey styrene, 23 etched brass)
Pros Four new figures in winter parka; heavy machine gun option Cons Kit name somewhat disingenuous
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $14.95

First Look

Upon seeing the title of this kit and then its box art the casual observer may be confused, for “the” battle of Kharkov took place in the summer of 1943 and not any sort of cold weather. But this unit – the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf” – took part in the recapture of the city in March 1943, and that period is apparently what this kit is supposed to represent.

The kit provides four figures of which three are in full winter regalia and one NCO only wears a British-style leather jerkin. They come as a complete MG-42 heavy machine gun team; the main difference for the Germans was bipod (light) versus tripod (heavy), unlike the western armies where most “heavy” machine guns were water-cooled. While the tripod is a welcome accessory for DML, alas, it is only provided as a folded and back-packed item and not one which can be set up as an option.

As these are Gen2 figures each one is comprised of many more parts than the simpler “Gen1" types: head (two parts), torso (two parts), legs, arms, boots, hands, collar/hood, and coat skirt (four parts) or about 17 parts for each basic figure less the chap with the jerkin. The fur on the hoods is very nicely done considering it is injection molded plastic. Each additionally has addenda such as flap pockets (separate flaps) . Brass trim is provided as brass belt buckles, shoulder straps, helmet straps, and weapon slings, but the directions do not show any of them being used.

As is the case with non-Volstad artwork a small sheet of B&W photos of the assembled figures and a smaller version of the box art are provided for painting and finishing.

Overall this is once more a nice kit but again DML needs to offer some instructions for newer modelers when they include optional parts like etched brass.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 41 Two figures and accessories
  • B 36 Two figures and accessories
  • GA 64 German Generic Kit - helmets, canteens, mess kits
  • GB 52 German Generic Kit - ammo pouches, bread bags, entrenching tools
  • GC 14 German Generic Kit - grenades
  • WA 18 German Generic Weapons - 2 x Kar 98K
  • WB 18 German Generic Weapons - 2 x MP-40, 1 x MP-44, 1 x Gewehr 43
  • WC 29 German Generic Weapons - 1 MG-42 and accessories
  • WF 17 German Generic Weapons - Heavy MG tripod and fittings
  • MA 23 Etched brass