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Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.N DAK

DML 1/72 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.N DAK Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer DML
Subject Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.N DAK Scale 1/72
Kit Number 7386 Primary Media 110 parts (102 in grey styrene, 6 etched brass, 2 DS Plastic track runs)
Pros First kit of a Pzkw. III Ausf. N from DML in 1/72; based on StuG III kits with same attention to detail Cons Nothing major noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $17.50

First Look

Released as a pair with a new 1/72 scale Panzer III Ausf. L kit, this new release of an Ausf. N shares most of the parts and details from the latter. Its one major difference is that it comes with the 7.5 cm L/24 barrel and none of the details that came with the Ausf. L barrel sprue.

As with its twin, only sprue D (wheels) and E (the tracks) are retained from the StuG kit. Three new sprues cover the upper hull and turret of the L model and its details.

As before the kit makes a great deal of use of slide molding for its parts. The return rollers are molded together but the slide mold provides for the face details of each pair. The same is true for the gun barrel and a hollow bore as well as some other smaller details.

The kit does not provide any of the “options” seen on Ausf. Ns such as skirts or “zimmerit” paste. This is a bit of a shame, but DML has shown in the past it will do optional kits if there is a demand later on.

The kit now has supplemental directions for the DS Plastic tracks that advises pulling on them if too short or trimming them if too long: as they do take standard plastic cements this is not a major problem and will ensure a good fit.

The kit comes with six etched brass bits: the engine radiator air intakes and exhaust grilles and the rain shield over the forward spaced armor array. Two braces do not show up in the directions.

Credit is given to Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson for technical assistance.

The kit offers two finishing options: sPz.Abt. 501, Tunisia, 1942/43(sand, sPz.Abt. 501, Tunisia, 1943(sand, black 242). A targeted sheet of Cartograf decals is provided.

Overall this is a nice (and simple!) kit of the Tiger I escort tank and as such should be a popular model.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout

  • A 44 Pzkw III Late Model fenders, upper hull sections, applique armor
  • a 12 Pzkw. III upper glacis, 7.5 cm barrel, details
  • D 44 StuG III wheels
  • E 2 DS plastic track runs
  • X 1 Pzkw. III lower hull pan
  • Y 1 Pzkw. III upper hull
  • MA 5 Etched brass
  • MB 1 Etched brass