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Kapitan Saloon Soviet Staff Car

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

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2014 Manufacturer ICM
Subject Kapitan Saloon Soviet Staff Car Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35477 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Full interior (gauges are supplied as decals) Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $36.99

First Look

Kapitan Saloon Soviet Staff Car
Kapitan Saloon Soviet Staff Car
Kapitan Saloon Soviet Staff Car

The Opel Company produced a significant number of two-door and four-door passenger cars in the years leading up to World War II. In 1938, the German military began requisitioning most of Opel's production for use as personal transports for German military officers. It isn't surprising that a number of these machines found their way into Soviet Army ranks later in the war.

ICM has released the Opel in two and four-door versions previously though this is the first time in Soviet service. The only difference is the addition of four nice figures, two senior officers, one junior officer, and one driver. The kit is molded in desert sand styrene and presented on three parts trees plus one tree of clear parts.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Full engine
  • Positionable hood
  • Detailed suspension
  • Detailed drive train
  • Nice interior
  • Doors can be open or closed
  • Trunk lid is positionable

The kit provides decal license plates for four examples, all of which represent 'liberated' Opels in use during and after World War 2.

This kit will make a nice addition to a diorama or vignette with your favorite T-34 or JS-1 tank, or whatever scene you have in mind.

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