ICM 1/35 Krupp L3H163 Kfz.72 Radio Communication Truck Kit First Look
|Date of Review||November 2013||Manufacturer||ICM|
|Subject||Krupp L3H163 Kfz.72 Radio Communication Truck||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||35462||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Very highly detailed||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$56.95|
As Germany began to rebuild its postwar economy after World War 1, one of the tasks was transportation and logistics and several companies put forward new vehicles to meet that demand. Krupp developed the L3H series truck that featured three axles with the two rear axles engine-driven. Powered by a 110 horsepower engine, these trucks were adopted by the German armed forces from before the war through 1942. One of the adaptations was the mounting of the Kfz.72 box body onto the Krupp 3-ton chassis to render mobile communication centers for the Wehrmacht.
ICM has produced another overlooked soft-skinned subject with this Krupp truck. This version is configured as a radio communications vehicle and has the distinctive box-body and wooden cab to prove it. The kit is molded in tan styrene and presented on nine parts trees. There are no photo-etched parts used in this stock release but there are a number of tiny, separately molded parts which keeps the skill level at experienced.
Like many of the other truck kits released within the last few years, this kit starts off with the chassis rails and the frame is built up first. Unlike some of those recent truck kits from other manufacturers, this kit comes complete with a detailed diesel engine under that hood. With the engine built-up, it is installed on the motor mounts and the drive train is built up behind it. The drive train is mounted to a detailed suspension system and this kit is really looking nice. With all of that detail under the hood, of course the kit provides the option to pose the hood open or closed.
As with the full-scaled subject, the cab is a simple affair but the driver's controls are all there. The cab doors are molded separately so these can be positioned open or closed. The box-body is next and it too as separately molded doors which can be posed open or closed. The only disappointing part of this kit is that with all of the other details in this kit, there is no interior inside the box body. You'll have to scratchbuild the tables and shelf units inside the shelter and there are some radio sets available in the aftermarket, so you can replicate the radio truck so there is something interesting to see inside that otherwise nice shelter.
The kit also provides pioneering tools, clearance markers, and other small details to round out the exterior of the vehicle.
The kit comes with a markings for three different Wehrmact vehicles. In those days, all Germany military vehicles were available in a wide variety of colors, as long as those were all Panzer Grey.
This is a very nicely detailed kit. It is a shame that this radio truck doesn't have any radios nor interior inside the box body shelter, but it does provide an opportunity for the AMS modeler to turn out their own masterpiece.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!