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Sd.Kfz.7 8t Flatbed w/2cm Flakvierling 38

DML 1/35 Sd.Kfz.7 8t Flatbed w/2cm Flakvierling 38 - Smart Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review March 2010 Manufacturer DML
Subject Sd.Kfz.7 8t Flatbed w/2cm Flakvierling 38 - Smart Kit Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6583 Primary Media 696 parts (438 in grey styrene, 216 “Magic Track” links, 29 etched brass, 6 clear styrene, 4 film masks, 3 DS plastic tires)
Pros Different version of the Sd.Kfz. 7 and 2 cm Flakvierling; nicely done use of “slide molding” and DS plastic tires to avoid seams and extra assemblies; full engine and underside details Cons As a “Smart Kit” probably not enough brass for some; small links perhaps better as DS tracks
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $59.95

First Look

Towards the end of the war the Germans were desperately converting anything and everything to self-propelled weapons. This version of the Sd.Kfz. 7 8 ton halftrack is a temporary mating of the effective 2 cm Flakvierling 38 antiaircraft gun on the platform cargo carrying variant of the halftrack.

Basically this kit consists of DML’s boutique affiliate taking parts from the Sd.Kfz. 7 Late Model, Sd/Kfz. 7/1. and Sd.Kfz. 7/2 kits and combining them to create a new variant.

As with the other variants, the DML molds provided a very thorough kit with a complete engine and undercarriage. As before the two-piece “Magic Track” halftrack tracks are included, but as often noted are very small and DML could have made many modelers happy by molding them as one-piece runs in DS plastic. Also, as the kits are “Smart Kits” they make use of slide molding and other tricks to avoid needless small parts assemblies and minimize the use of brass.

The front tires remain DS plastic outers and treads combined with a styrene inner section. So far these appear to have been a good idea and DML should think about using them with other wheeled vehicles.

Also as before the grille remains solid (there are aftermarket kits now that correct this), and perhaps could have been molded differently to give it some “airiness” with the radiator behind it. The hood comes with separate side panels which can be left of as per the originals.

The bed is nicely done and the fold-down panels appear nicely done. But this is a cargo carrier and pretty stripped down without all of the details of the first two AA gun kits.

The 2 cm Flakvierling 38 is still a nicely done kit with “Slide Molded” barrel muzzles and flash hiders. As with previous DML antiaircraft gun offerings, there are different sight articulation bars provided for setting the guns at either 0 or 60 degrees elevation, but the guns will not move if the bars are used. Two different types of gun shields are provided, as are a number of magazines and ammo racks for the installation. Note that the carriage does not include the wheels so only a platform or in place version of the gun can be modeled.

This is the first DML kit which also provides masks for the windshield sections so that the model may assembled and then painted, and which is a nice touch. They have now corrected for their earlier kits and provide four masks, e.g. to cover BOTH sides of the windshield.

Research and technical assistance were provided by Dan Graves, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

Two different finishing options are offered with a sheet of Cartograf decals only providing the license plate “number jungle”. Both are for Unidentified Units, Western Front 1945 but only one has the license plates worn on the front (a tricolor version, whereas the other is sand brown).

Overall this provides a different look at the 8 ton with quad 20mm gun mount.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 20x2 7 Late model platform details
  • A 54 2 cm Flakvierling carriage and details
  • B 55 8 ton - Underframe details - winch, drivers, front axle, subframe, muffler
  • C 44x2 8 ton - road wheels, front wheel backs, body details
  • D 72 8 ton - engine, hood, radiator, standard passenger body components less sides
  • E 19 7 Late Model Platform Body
  • G 26x2 7/1 Flakvierling - 2 x 2 cm Flak 38 and ammo clips
  • G 37 7/2 Armored cab and front body
  • H 6 8 ton - clear styrene
  • H 4x2 7/1 Flakvierling shields (two different)
  • J 12 German Generic OVM
  • K 3 DS plastic tires
  • W 1 8 ton - chassis
  • Y 108 “Magic Track” track pads
  • Z 108 “Magic Track” track links
  • MA 29 Etched brass