In-Box Review
200L Oil Drums
German WWII 200 Liter Oil Drums
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by: Mike High [ TACFIREGURU ]


Great Wall Hobby (Lion Roar) has produced a nicely detailed set of eight 200-liter oil drums. These oil drums represent barrels for Wehrmacht and Heer units.

Invariably, there has and always will be a need for POL (Petroleum, Oil, & Lubricants) products to be transported, one way or another, to a nation's Armed Forces. Whether in a combat or training environment, the motorized equipment will need these fluids.

The German army traditionally used either 200-liter drums or 20-liter "Jerry Cans" to get the requisite fluids to the various units. Great Wall Hobby gives the builder another option.


The kit contents are shipped in a simple card-stock box with two sprues sealed in a cellophane bag. The top of the box shows the artwork for four German Gray barrels and the reverse side shows the simple-to-follow assembly instructions along with the painting guide (German Gray or Dark Yellow).

Each gray colored sprue consists of eight barrel halves, eight "lids" (tops and bottoms of the barrels), four retaining rings/barrel stiffeners (six with the rolled stiffeners and two with the welded-on stiffeners), eight caps, and one hand pump assembly (pump body and handle).

in Detail

Moldings are quite crisp with next to no flash marks. All of the ejector marks are on the inner surfaces and will not be seen once assembled. The only negative to the set is that each pump "actuator" has a small sink mark which should not be too difficult to fill.

Some of the "lid" text should be considered a very close rendition to an actual photograph (see photo). It should be noted that based on manufacturer, the text was similar, however there were variations in the font style and sizes.

There are two identical sprues included in the kit. Each sprue will make four different barrels (but only one barrel per sprue can be built "in use" with the pump).

Each sprue will allow you to build three Wehrmacht drums and one Heer drum.

Assembly and Painting

The instructions are easy to follow and there is no confusion whatsoever. These instructions also call for the barrels to either be painted in German Gray or Dark Yellow. However, the one main reference I have indicates that the barrels, at least unpainted, were Zinc in color {my thanks to Andy Renshaw for the link to the article by Dan Mouritzsen on missing-lynx}. However, my thoughts are that they were more than likely painted to fit the theater of operations.

Assembly is straight forward; for the most part each drum consists of two halves, two lids/ends, and two caps/plugs/bungs. The two drum halves are aligned by pins and holes; the alignment is good, but it may be better to remove the pins and align the halves by "sight." Once the halves are set, the lids/ends and caps/plugs/bungs simply drop in place. When completely assembled, there is a discernable seam where the halves of the drum come together. For the initial sample build, I used a round file to file the seam down a bit. It's not perfect utilizing the file. The follow-on drums that I'll build will have the edges of the halves tapered (by sanding stick) leaving a small indented channel, or "V-groove," to allow for some filler. That should make for a seamless seam once sanded.

Additionally, although the barrels are considered OIL drums, I see no reason that they could not replicate fuel drums.


Great Wall Hobby has recreated a very nice set of German WWII 200-liter "oil" drums. Whether these are used as a form of cargo, the basis of a vignette, or as war "cast offs," these "oil" drums will add a nice bit of detail to your build/diorama.
Highs: Nicely rendered barrel. Minimal, if any, flash.
Lows: A small sink-mark on each pump actuator.
Verdict: A very nice set of eight 200L barrels with more detail provided than the other versions.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: L3513
  Related Link: Feuergefährlich - Rauchen verboten!
  PUBLISHED: Sep 16, 2009

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About Mike High (TacFireGuru)

Like most, I started out in my young years; building Monogram armor and aircraft. Joining the Army at 17 in 1981 put a stop to my building for many years, I retired in 2001 and ran across Armorama....I've been re-hooked since. I'm a notoriously slow builder and seem to have more than one buil...

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Thanks for this review. As a truck builder, I am always looking for payloads. One question I have is the one barrel that has separate bumper guards (for lack of the proper term). Any reason for that one having then molded separate? Thanks again, Mark Lopiccola
SEP 16, 2009 - 03:34 AM
Mark, The reason, I believe, is that the "rings" have a lip....envision an angle-bracket (L-shaped) that's been formed around the barrel. I don't know that slide-mold technology would have allowed that lip to be present with the normal molded edge that's right next to it. Mike
SEP 16, 2009 - 05:19 AM
Thanks for the review, Mike. I don't suppose anyone would know how these drums compare to those released by Tamiya several decades ago? Rudi
JAN 04, 2010 - 04:22 PM
There are two kits. The "decades old" one is not very good, the jerrycans are not usable due to having only 1 handle. The drums are o.k. but do not feature any text imprinting or proper support ribs. The newer Tamiya kit features improved jerrycans and gasoline drums with text imprinting. Probably not as detailed as these ones but then again you only get four drums with Great Wall/Lion Roar. Academy makes o.k. drums. They come in various figure and accessory kits. HTH
JAN 04, 2010 - 05:20 PM
Thanks for the info, Julian. Yup, it's the drums I'm interested in (hence the question in this review ). I knew about the Jerrycan issues Thanks again Rudi
JAN 04, 2010 - 06:07 PM
Nice review, I have a set of these and they really are nice. (So is the Jerrycans set!) As for upgrading some of the older, not as detailed drums out there, I recommend these: especially if all you are going to see are the drum tops in a cargo load, or stockpile.
JAN 04, 2010 - 11:42 PM

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