Unimodel 1/72 Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.C Kit First Look
By Michael Benolkin
|Date of Review||January 2005||Manufacturer||Unimodel|
|Subject||PzKpfw 38(t) Ausf.C||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||0340||Primary Media||Styrene & Photo-Etch|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$9.98|
When Germany occupied Czechoslovakia, one of the first items on the Wehrmacht's shopping list was control of the Czech armor factories that were turning out tanks with superior firepower then their Panzer I and Panzer II main tanks. These tanks would continue to be manufactured and were designated as PzKpfw 38(t). The model C tank featured a 37mm Skoda main gun and two 7.92mm machine guns. The tank had a crew of four, could carry up to 72 rounds for the main gun, and had a maximum speed of 42 kph, thanks to the 150 horsepower diesel engine.
The PzKpfw 38(t) was used extensively by the Wehrmacht in the Polish, French and Balkans campaigns. After these tanks were considered obsolete, their chassis were used as the basis of a number of combat and support vehicles including the Hetzer.
The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on four small trees of parts, plus a single fret of photo-etched parts. The first tree contains the majority of the hull components, the second tree contains the turret and turret ring, while the last two trees contain the suspension, wheels and track sections. The small photo-etch fret contains a stowage box and several brackets.
Assembly of the kit appears to be straightforward with the hull leading off the process. What is interesting is that there is a bulkhead installed between the crew and engine compartments which provides additional strength to the assembly and shows off some minimal detail molded into the crew compartment floor. While no interior is provided in the kit, you can fabricate one should you care to go that next step. Unfortunately, all of the hatches are molded closed so you'll only see the interior with the turret removed.
Markings are provided for four examples:
- 3rd Light Division, Poland, Sept 1939
- 7th Panzer Division, France, May 1940
- 7th Panzer Division, Russia, Oct 1941
- 1st Armored Division, Hungarian Army, Summer 1942
This is a nice looking model that will look great parked next to your Panzers. You can get this kit from your favorite hobby retailer or directly from Squadron Mail Order.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!