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Hobby Boss 1/35 Hungarian Light Tank 38M Toldi 1 (A20) Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review September 2012 Manufacturer Hobby Boss
Subject Hungarian Light Tank 38M Toldi 1 (A20) Scale 1/35
Kit Number 82477 Primary Media Styrene, photo-etch
Pros Nice detailing, unique subject Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $47.99

First Look

Toldi Kit
Toldi Kit
Toldi Kit
Toldi Kit
Toldi Kit

The 38M Toldi was produced and developed under license from the Swedish Landsverk L-60B between 1939 and 1942. Only 202 were produced. Toldi tanks entered Hungarian service in 1940. They first saw action with the Hungarian Army against Yugoslavia in 1941. These tanks were mostly used against the USSR between 1941-1944. Because of their light armor, armament and good communications equipment, they were mostly used for reconnaissance. The design was no match against Soviet T-34 medium tanks encountered during the early stages of Operation Barbarossa.

The kit consists of 433 parts on 17 sprues including the upper and lower hulls. There are also 21 photo etch detail parts. Markings for one tank are included.

As this is a 100% new kit, all of the parts are molded very well and no flash is present. The track links are small and will probably be the only part of the kit that will be a little difficult. Construction looks to be pretty straight forward starting with the road wheels and lower hull details. Moving on to the upper hull, all of the fender brackets are photo etch and will look really nice when finished. The turret also looks to be easy to build and the unique egg shaped antenna is also supplied as a photo etch part.

This looks to be a quick, but very well detailed, build. Up to HobbyBoss's usual high standards, this one will be nice start to finish. Congratulations to HobbyBoss for tackling subjects that no one else does!

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!