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Admiral Cabriolet

ICM 1/24 Admiral Cabriolet Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2013 Manufacturer ICM
Subject Admiral Cabriolet Scale 1/24
Kit Number 24021 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Full engine, detailed chassis Cons None
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $59.95

First Look

Admiral Cabriolet Kit
Admiral Cabriolet Kit
Admiral Cabriolet Kit
Admiral Cabriolet Kit

Opel introduced the Admiral luxury car series to compete with Mercedes, Maybach and Horch. First introduced in 1937, the Admiral had great performance at less cost than its competitors. The new Opel was doing very well with over 6000 produced between 1937 and the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Many of these vehicles were requisitioned for war duties and Opel's production lines were refocused on military vehicles like the Blitz truck.

ICM has produced their second subject in 1/24 scale, the convertible Opel Admiral which was previously released in 1/35 scale. This version has some even nicer detailing than their earlier release and it also brings those elements common to auto modelers: chromed parts and rubber tires.

Some of the key features of the kit are:

  • Full and highly detailed engine
  • Detailed chassis
  • Detailed power train
  • Full interior detailing
  • Instrument gauges supplied as decals
  • Hood can be positioned open or closed

The kit provides license plates and 'politically correct' (no swastikas) staff flags for four examples. These vehicles exhibit the style of a VIP vehicle before war shortages that would come later would minimize the polish and status of these vehicles.

This is another nice release from ICM that follows the Mercedes W34 Type G4 ( look here) and adds another soft-skinned military vehicle in the scale of the hard-core auto modeler. Built per the instructions, this will look very impressive on the shelf or contest table.

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