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Heavy Uniform Personnel Vehicle Type 40 All Weather Configuration

DML 1/72 Heavy Uniform Personnel Vehicle Type 40 All Weather Configuration Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review August 2011 Manufacturer DML
Subject Heavy Uniform Personnel Vehicle Type 40 All Weather Configuration Scale 1/72
Kit Number 7421 Primary Media 98 parts (94 in grey styrene, 4 etched brass)
Pros Another pair of German softskins in "Small Scale"; neatly done with slide molded bodies in one piece Cons Thick sides to body, fixed doors
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $17.50

First Look

DML has now released another of its “one plus one” small scale armor kits – two identical kits in one box – and this time it is of the Horch Kfz. 70 heavy 4 x 4 personnel carrier. The model comes with the wide bench seats for crew members and an erected top with side curtains. The latter is molded in clear styrene so it can be painted but will require some astute masking. The model also comes with a clear windscreen, and the top is pretty much optional.

However, the doors are fixed in place and the sides are thick, so most modelers may wish to put the top up. It does come with a full interior and etched brass non-slip floor gratings so DML did make more than an effort to provide an interior.

The full driveline is provided to include dual springs for each wheel mount (independent four wheel suspension) and the wheels and tires are one piece items. The lower fender insert and grille are a single piece, which is neatly molded using the slide molding technique.

Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson are listed as the consultants for this kit.

Markings and finishing are rather blah – one vehicle is offered in grey with whitewash and no markings details. A set of number plates and “number jungles” is provided on a tiny Cartograf decal sheet.

Overall this is a nice pair and should be popular to “bulk” up a diorama or wargame set.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 2x2 Clear styrene
  • B 44x2 All detail parts, wheels, frames, seats
  • C 1x2 Body
  • MA 2x2 Etched brass