In-Box Review
German Horch Kfz. 15
German Horch Kfz. 15 North African Campaign
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by: Sal [ LTB073 ]


The Horch was a medium off-road passenger car that the Wehrmacht used as troop transports. The Kfz.15 was the version used in the signals corps. The cars had a Horch V8 and a curb weight of 2,700 kg and the open-topped Horch version was 3,080 kg. The Horch Kfz.15 was built from 1937 to 1943 and was used in various configurations on all fronts throughout the war. It was one of the most important medium cars of the Wehrmacht and it saw action with the German military in a wide range of combat zones from Russia to North Africa.
This is a collaborative model kit is brought to you by Tamiya and Italeri. This latest product in the series is of the Horch Kfz.15, a 4WD transport vehicle which was equipped with a liquid-cooled 8-cylinder engine capable of producing 85hp.


The base kit and vehicle parts are products of Italeri from their Kit No. 6215. This part of the kit is the Italeri parts and is at least 20 years old. These pieces are on 2 Sprues (A & B) and even come in a plastic bag that is stamped Made in Italy. Considering the age of these parts they displayed good detail and clean molding. There are some pin marks on the interior that can be easily cleaned up and most wonít be visible when the kit is assembled.

New parts include in this offering are a folded roof, cargo area surface, rear-view mirror, taillights and front window. These parts are attached to Sprue A where the Italeri figure was. The kit also includes 3 figures that are a product of Tamiya. The one figure has a standing base with cactus while the other 2 figures have multiple arms and heads options.

There is 1 sprue of Tamiyaís German Infantry Weapons Set kit # 35111 parts included (That kit sold separately has 2 sprues). This spruce includes just about every hand held weapon that the German military used ranging from P-38ís to panzerfaust, includes bipods and tripods for the heavy machine guns ammo can and ammo pouch holders. All of the aforementioned sprues are colored in light tan.

The tires are now made from paintable elastomer according to the Tamiya website. Additionally there is 1 other sprue containing 7 clear plastic parts of the windows and headlights. There are three newly-designed marking options included with this kit. Two decals depict North African front vehicles and a third Eastern Front option,
  • Luftwaffe Propaganda Company, 1943
  • 220th Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, 164th Light Africa Division, 1942
  • Signals Battalion, 24 Panzer Division, Russia, 1941


As previously stated the main vehicle parts are contained on Spruce A and B. The chassis for the vehicle is all one piece with the cross members and front fenders molded into the largest piece in the kit. However the suspension parts look like what makes up the majority of the parts in the kit. The body of the kit is several parts as well with the floor of the vehicle displaying a nice tread pattern and some deep ventilation ports on the hood and front body sides. However no engine is provided with the kit, just what looks like a lower half of a transmission and engine is supplied, so there will be no option to display and open hood. The dashboard has molded in gauges and there is a decal provided to display the dashboard gauges prominently. There are many small pieces that will require care when removing from the sprues such as mirrors, lights and pennant holders that will ultimately be attached to the assembled body. The kit also comes with an optional closed canvas roof that has weak details and is not depicted in the Tamiya instruction booklet. Also included in the kit are 3 jerry cans that are made up of 3 pieces each.

Instruction Booklet

The instructions come in Tamiyaís standard folded black and white format. Itís a 10 page booklet that contains 16 easy to follow steps that include a paint marking guide for practically all parts. The only colors codes that are listed are for Tamiya paints.

Highs: New decal sheet and the Tamiya figures which have better detail than the older Italeri ones.
Lows: The kit does not include any Photo Etch pieces and the price may be a little on the high side for such an old base kit.
Verdict: The kit represents a widely used German Transport vehicle that will build up nicely and has an added benefit of figures and plants.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 37015
  Suggested Retail: $60.00
  PUBLISHED: Mar 31, 2014

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About Sal (ltb073)

As a child I built mostly autos and truck models and what ever came from the Revell Model of the month club. Later on I switched to military planes in jr. high school. When I started to work several jobs and didn't have the time to build. I completely left the hobby around 1982. In 2008 I got back ...

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Meaning if the "suggested retail" price was around $30, the street price would be a more reasonable $15?
MAR 31, 2014 - 06:24 PM
The $60.00 price tag was MSRP. The site that I use often has it listed for $40.39 LINK
APR 01, 2014 - 12:57 AM
There are not many products that sell at full retail in these days of the internet.
APR 01, 2014 - 02:38 AM
Not for nuthin', but you guys who are in love with Tamiya need to get your heads out of your seat cushions and realize that most Tamiya kits are simply out-dated by today's standards. There is a definite market for them with modelers who find all the detailing in DML kits to be "fiddly." So we're talking about two different consumer profiles here: the modeler who wants accuracy will go for the DML/Bronco/Tasca kits, while the one who wants a nice build that goes together without any issues is going to buy Tamiya. There's a feller on the BST forum looking to get a Tamiya Abrams. Are you kidding? The DML 3535 M1A1 AIM is perhaps one of the best modern kits out there. But preferences are preferences. So let's stop the ladying (auto-censored) about the old Tamiya kits, because THEY SELL. Here endeth my sermon for today.
APR 01, 2014 - 03:06 AM
If it's a M1 it's a totally different beast and only Tamiya made a good one. That Tamiya M1 is a rare kit nowadays, don't believe it was ever re-released. It's a moot point anyway as the Horch kit is an Italeri rebox, not a true Tamiya kit. As for "real prices" I believe $40 is way too much which is why I mentioned $15. $15 to $20 would be a fair price I think.
APR 01, 2014 - 07:13 PM
Since it's the only game in town for this vehicle, which is very common in wartime photos, you don't really have much choice. The Italaeri offering, despite it's age isn't that bad - the plastic is quite thin on the body parts so not as clumpy as some of the Tamiya cars. However I see no reason to buy the Tamiya version, much better to seek out an Italaeri or Revell boxing.
APR 01, 2014 - 11:56 PM
This is a $20 kit...Tamiya is way over priced for old kits.
APR 02, 2014 - 02:19 AM
If you don't like it, don't buy it.
APR 07, 2014 - 12:40 PM
Thank you Unca Bret for your words of wisdom. I don't have to buy it; I already have it from Italeri.
APR 07, 2014 - 02:09 PM

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