Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 06:07 AM UTC
Trumpeter's U.S. importer has just sent us the initial details of two new kits from the company.
The first will be somewhat overshadowed by the second, but an interesting release nevertheless:

374 - German Geschutzwagen IVb Sdkfz 165/1 Armored Tank with 10.5 cm leFH 18/1(Sf) Gun

Kit consists of 590 parts on 16 sprues. Features: One-piece slide-molded lower chassis hull w/ authentic details, final drive housing w/ clasp bolt detail on both sides, metal towing cable, towing eye brackets in extreme detail w/separate parts, slide-molded upper hull rendered in fine details, accurately molded sprocket wheel, detailed idler wheels w/numerous separate parts, hatch can be assembled open or closed, side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surface, armor for front hull Interior, full fighting compartment interior, converted signal pistol, ammo box for signal pistol and grenades and interior detail, newly tooled 10.5cm LeFH 18/1 gun, gun cradle for gun, gun mount w/extreme detail, 256 individual track links in light grey plastic or a set of full length vinyl track can be selected (included). The photo-etched fret contains grills for the engine deck, bracket for the spare road wheel and fender support brackets.

However, inevitably, the BIG news is with the second announcement:

1514 - German Sdkfz.7 8-Ton Halftrack, (Early Version) Finally, something (modern) to tow all these 88s we've been getting in the last year or two. As this vehicle was also used for most of the heavy German artillery pieces it will have a multitude of uses.

The kit will contain 848 parts on 17 sprues. Features: New tooled slide-molded one-piece mudguard, both sides panels and top panel of the engine hood can be open to show the full detailed engine, the front radiator grill tooled in fine detail, the windscreen can be assembled open or closed, upper and lower foot-board are made from photo-etched parts w/non-slip pattern, headlight w/clear shade, sprocket wheels w/ multiple delicate parts, operable front suspension and steering, the road wheels have excellent detail with differing patterns on the inside and outside wheels. Interior details include a row of rifle clips behind the front seat, fully detailed
engine, accurately designed transmission, the gearbox is slide molded w/authentic detail, seat and canvas details, tool box w/interior detail, 3 rubber tires with excellent tread pattern, 384 individual track links in light grey plastic on 8 sprues, & a winch. Photo-etch parts included for footboard.

Our thanks to Stevens International for this very welcome announcement.
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Though I currently have 2 old Tamiyas in the works, I welcome updated kits like this. I don't know how much of it I can "scratch build" on those old workhorses, but I would not want to wait for another manufacturer, since Trumpeter's kit isn't even in the pipeline yet.
MAR 20, 2008 - 07:35 AM
Looks good - just the thing for the AFV Club "88" or the DML Howitzer etc It will probably build up into a nice Condor Legion vehicle ! LINK
MAR 21, 2008 - 08:16 AM
Hah, that's for sure... Same old trick, "Oh, we had something like that in the cupboard, eh?" response. Slap a couple of figures, make a new box and let the "old dogs" loose. Still, I won't mind this tricking business as long as it sustains the firm and reflected to us as brand new kits.
MAR 21, 2008 - 09:27 AM
Personally I dont care wether one manufacturer has a rivet missing under the left fender or not ....Im just plain glad we HAVE the ability to choose our subject matter from more than 1 manuracturer!! I saved for a while,and bought that Verlinden feild gun and both Trumpeter AND Dragon promptly released their kits at a fraction of the cost....but Im not bitter. Looking at the bigger picture we are in the GOLDEN YEARS here guys!! relax and enjoy modelling! I know I am!
MAR 21, 2008 - 12:10 PM
In response to my earlier post (scroll up) I made mention of waiting until DML unloads their kit before I buy. Actually I've had another "moment" in the model closet while digging for a kit to trade recently. I have too damn many kits and at the rate that I build I'll die long before I finish the current stack of stuff. Thus my buying habits will now be centered on tools, reference and some aftermarket stuff. The exception will be for short run or limited production kits. If I do buy a mainstream kit it will be because I really really really really really need the damn thing to throw on the pile. Times are a changing.
MAR 21, 2008 - 04:39 PM
it's about time to have a new release Sd.kfz.7 8-ton halftrack..looking forward to build this kit..and park it right beside my 88 flak. will dragon be releasing the same halftrack?
MAR 21, 2008 - 06:36 PM
Is iT just me? Have a look at the box art. Is the standing figure missing the lower part of his right leg? Good to see the Germans giving the wounded a job
MAR 21, 2008 - 09:31 PM
Now THAT is a very true for me also.. There are kits I will pick up though and this is probaly one of them. The 'must-buy' will be that LWS who, I wonder could resist that?
MAR 21, 2008 - 10:49 PM
I think it's an officer with riding (cavalry) pants. You just see his right leg. Cheers, Christophe
MAR 21, 2008 - 10:58 PM

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