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Kapitan Saloon German Staff Car

ICM 1/35 Kapitan Saloon German Staff Car Kit First Look

By Dave Manter

Date of Review October 2012 Manufacturer ICM
Subject Kapitan Saloon German Staff Car Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35475 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Great detail, full engine Cons None
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $37.99

First Look

Kapitan Saloon German Staff Car
Kapitan Saloon German Staff Car
Kapitan Saloon German Staff Car

The Opel passenger car was made in the middle of Opel’s prewar model range. In 1938 most of the cars made by Opel were requisitioned and used as personal transport for officers of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe. There were about 25370 cars produced of which 17140 were of the 4 door, closed top style. These cars were used on both the East and West fronts up to the end of the war.

ICM’s Saloon car kit is made up of 115 tan plastic parts and 16 clear plastic parts. All are very well molded and no flash is present. The kit features a full engine that has incredible detail. The body can be built with all of the doors and hood opened. This is really nice as the interior detail is great. The grill is molded with some of the most delicate slats that I have seen on a plastic kit. The detail rivals photo etch! One other really nice detail on this kit is that ICM has molded the headlights with bulbs in them and they will be visible after placing the clear lenses over them! Nice touch!

Decals are provided for 4 vehicles. They are:

  • Germany 1940 in gloss black
  • Russia, Winter 1942 in white
  • Russia, Summer 1943 in Dark Yellow
  • Italy, Summer 1943 in Dark Yellow with Green splotches

Test fitting of the main body panels shows that fit is really good. No problems that I can see on this one.

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