Hobby Boss 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.F (VK18.01) Early Kit First Look
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||June 2013||Manufacturer||Hobby Boss|
|Subject||Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.F (VK18.01) Early||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||83804||Primary Media||Styrene, photo etch|
|Pros||100% new tooling, great details||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$46.99|
Intended as an infantry support vehicle, the Panzer I Ausf F had a maximum armor thickness of 80mm and weighed between 18 and 21 tons. The Ausf F was armed with two 7.92mm MG-34s. Thirty were produced in 1940. In order to compensate for the increased weight, a new 150 horsepower Maybach HL45 engine was used, allowing a maximum road speed of 25km per hour. 8 of the 30 tanks produced were sent to the 1 Panzer Division in 1943 and saw combat at the battle of Kursk. The rest were given to several army schools for training purposes.
The 100% new tooling HobbyBoss kit of the German Panzer I Ausf.F consists of over 267 parts on 11 sprues molded in tan and 21 photo etch detail parts. Markings provided are just two German crosses. All of the parts are molded very well and flash and seam lines are minimal.
Construction begins with the road wheels, drivetrain and lower hull. Fit here is really good and no problems should be encountered. HobbyBoss has supplied separate parts for the side hatches but the hull is molded shut. The track links are provided as link and length and the detail is really nice.
Next up is the upper hull and fenders. Fit here again is great. Last up is the turret assembly and you can build the main hatch in the open or closed position.
Construction throughout will be fast and easy, but the kit is very detailed. This will make a great small vehicle to add to your collection. Anyone interested in early war vehicles will like this kit.
My sincere thanks to Squadron/MMD for this review sample!