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7.5 cm PaK 97/38 w/Heer Gun Crew

DML 1/35 7.5 cm PaK 97/38 w/Heer Gun Crew - Premium Edition Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review December 2008 Manufacturer DML
Subject 7.5 cm PaK 97/38 w/Heer Gun Crew - Premium Edition Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6445 Primary Media 337 parts (316 in grey styrene, 21 in etched brass)
Pros New crew with an older kit to create a new combination Cons “Mix and Match” may not yield variety some modelers seek
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $25.50

First Look

DML has now released an updated version of their 7.5 cm PaK 97/38 (No. 6123) combined with their 7.5 cm Pak 40 with Heer Crew (No. 6433) crew figures to create a new kit.

The PaK 97/38 comes with eight new parts to fit onto DML’s 5 cm PaK 38 carriage; this is a nice little kit and even includes the “training” wheel for the crew to move the gun over short distances.

By using the Kit 6433 figures it now provides a very nice “Gen1" set of new DML figures with a five man crew provided. Each figure comes in six basic parts but only one set of arms, unlike the great option in the DML 15 cm gun crew set. The figures appear as designated closer to the Army styles of uniforms and are in standard uniforms, no fancy smocks or other variations. The now common GA and GB sprues are provided, and this set comes with a full issue set of Mauser rifles for use by the crew.

No ammo other than two rounds of turned brass are provided, so there are no decals for ammo cases or other objects included in the kit.

Finishing is basically little more than “paint me sand” and the painting directions for the figures are unfortunately all in black and white (e.g. use the box art).

Overall this is a good combination but does not seem to be as much value as the upgraded 7.5 cm PaK 40 kit provided.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 48 5 cm PaK 38 carriage and trailing wheel
  • B 8 7.5 cm PaK 97/38 barrel and details
  • GA 64 German generic kit – helmets, canteens, mess kits, entrenching tools
  • GB 65 German generic kit – bread bags, ammo pouches, holsters, ponchos
  • WA 18 x 3 German generic weapons - 2 x Kar 98K and accessories
  • 6433 77 German Gun Crew – five figures and accessories
  • 6433 21 Etched brass