Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 03:36 AM UTC
Updating this story, here are the final batch of images supplied by the manufacturer.
Kit consists of 985 parts on 20 sprues plus rubber tires, brass wire, metal tow cable and photo-etched foot boards, light mounts and mesh. Markings are in panzer gray and in dark yellow with red-brown and green camouflage scheme. Additional features: side & top panel of hood can be opened to view engine details, operating front suspension & steering, hull sides fold down for crew access, side armor plates can be assembled at travel or combat angles, gun traverses 360 degrees, SdAnh 51 trailer included for 2cm flak re-supply, 384 individual track links.

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This looks good in the skin. Dragons cad images looks good too. Which one will be more accurate, builder friendly and friendly on our pockets? Its great to have the choice, but sometimes a pity they go head to head so often instead of releasing to different kits, even if they picked the same base vehical and did somethig a little different. like one crane one flak. Dont get me wrong I'm not moaning. Good time's ahead ,nice to have a choice. Cheers Geraint
MAR 18, 2009 - 11:09 AM
Well, not to belabor things TOO much, but-- 1.) Trumpeter already has an excellent Prime Mover version on the market, one I would purchase and build on a regular basis. DML's has been promised for nearly a year; Dragon USA is taking "Back Orders" on their web site. Trumpeter even has a "late" variant of the Prime Mover whose angled rear fenders will work well with later 7/1 and 7/2 variants. 2.) Trumpeter now have the flat bed for adding either FLAK gun for the 7/1 and 7/2 variant (a specialized gun mount on early versions was abandoned and the guns later on were simply bolted to the bed). The whole family of Sd.Kfz.7s is now wide open to them. 3.) They have the quad gun finished and presumably the 37mm in development? The 7/2 carried three different versions of the gun, so which one they pick will be interesting, and will there be options to build all three? 4.) They have an ammunition trailer (actually any small Wehrmacht trailer will work, I've seen variants). Greater value for money if Dragon's does not, presuming both kits sell for about the same $$$$. 5.) They presumably have the armored cab and radiator shield on the drawing board, if not in molds. The cab doesn't look to be anything complex or hard to adapt from their existing sprues based on the photos in The Sd.Kfz.7 In Detail. 6.) It looks as though Trumpeter has reduced the amount of PE that's in the Prime Mover kit, including winch detailing, turn signal arms, etc. While not onerous in the PM kit, I realize some modellers don't want the hassle of PE. Conversely, they have increased the PE factor over DML's announced 7/1, mostly in the gun shield, sight, and detailing. 7.) DML promises to render the gun shield in scale styrene thickness. I assume they wouldn't claim that unless they can do it, but we won't know until one of us has the kit in our hands. This seems to be in line with their recently-released kits that have less PE than their so-called "Premium" kits in the past. Most modelers seem to prefer OOB kits, so that would be an edge for DML. 8.) The final question for me is: has DML corrected some of the mudguard innaccuracies others have pointed out on the Trumpeter kit?
MAR 19, 2009 - 03:13 AM
From the pictures provided it looks like there will be some brass and individual link tracks. So far I'm liking what I see though the final judgement will come when the box is ripped open by my own hands and the eyeballs go into overdrive. To be honest, I have waited until both kits have been released before I make a final determination with my money. That's what competetion is all about, who can do the best work. And the way things are nowadays I will spend my money where I believe that I can get the best value in the product.
MAR 22, 2009 - 04:57 AM
I know they are doing it all the time, but wouldn't it be nice, if companies actually spent their limited resources on different versions, different vehicles, rather than the same ones? (It looks gorgeous, though.)
MAR 23, 2009 - 11:50 AM
MAR 23, 2009 - 01:05 PM
Ahh... been waiting for THAT!
MAR 23, 2009 - 07:34 PM

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