6716, German 3t 4x2 Cargo Truck (Early Type Platform) Smart Kit. 1/35th-scale styrene/multimedia construction kit. Contains 279 styrene parts (including seven clear), one DS100 part, one etched brass fret; one set of self-adhesive, pre-cut window masks; seven water-slide decal/markings schemes and eight pages of instructions in 13 steps.
Cyberhobby has just released their second variation of the German 3-ton cargo truck, known as the Opel Blitz. Just as in the previous release, this kit represents the S-Typ with rear wheel drive only. It has several features unique to this boxing, to include wheel hubs with eight lighting holes and rim bolts, instead of the six/six mixture seen in the first release. A different load-bed, with heightened side panels is now included, as is a re-configured, stowed bundle of frames for use when the canvas foul weather cover is erected. Using DS100 soft styrene (why do some still insist on calling it vinyl?), a rolled canvas cover is provided to be stowed on the cab roof. Finally, new markings are also in the box.
As well as all of these new additions, all of the parts seen in the first release are still in the box, to include the wheel hubs (six/six) and the load-bed with open slats on the upper parts. Therefore, what we really have is a 2-in-1 kit with lots more options in a single box; this makes it the more desirable release of the two.
The tires are conventionally-molded as two halves with the separate wheel hub being trapped between them. The wheel hubs are of the pattern that had eight lighting holes and eight rim bolts. Two-part brake hubs are also given and the rear dual wheels have a separate outer hub. Because of the sprue layout, two spare tires are provided, so one can be placed in its rack and the other can be used as cargo, or as battlefield debris in a diorama. None of the tires are provided with filler valves, but these can easily be added using stretched sprue.
The main frame is a single part, which gets a pair of separate tow hooks, front and rear. At the far rear end, a cross-brace is added and on that is fitted a three-part trailer hitch, with some of it slide-molded. Up front, near the tow hooks, a horn is added beneath the chassis frame; there are also details down there that represent rivets, body panel stampings and cooling slits, all molded in place. On the port side of the frame, a two-part tool box is fitted, while on the opposite side, a four part rack holds a jerry can composed of four styrene and one etched brass parts. There are three complete styrene jerry cans included, but only one etched brass insert is given so only one jerry can is able to be completely assembled; using styrene sheet, the other two can be completed for use. A two-part fuel tank fits cross-wise on the frame, below the cab. It is complete with embossed strengthening ribs, filler cap and vent cap. The spare tire is also mounted further aft, behind the fuel tank.
The suspension system consists of leaf-spring bundles, with a pair forward and another pair aft. Up front, the steering linkages consist of three parts for better detail definition. These parts are not engineered to be movable, but with some work, the front wheels can be fixed into various attitudes.
Engine and Drive Train.
The engine is broken down into 11 parts and there are three more for the radiator, its fan shroud and mounting plate. A separate exhaust pipe and muffler assembly is also given, but its end will have to be drilled out for the proper appearance. A single-piece drive shaft runs from the transmission to the rear axle, which itself is composed of two parts.
It is in the cab that this kit really pulls out the stops. The engine compartment hood (bonnet) is based on a delicate internal skeleton, produced by a slide-mold. Onto this is fitted the right- and left-side access panels, which can be depicted opened or closed. Each panel has two separate T-shaped closure clasps, and their delicate cooling slots are see-through for maximum detail fidelity. The radiator grill is a separate part and its slits are completely opened up, so that the provided radiator can be seen behind them. Two etched brass parts are given with the Opel Blitz legend included; they are to be fixed to the grill, but there are no locations given for them. A separate hood ornament is given as is a three-part Tarnscheinwerfer-Notek black-out head-lamp and mounting bracket. A pair of separate windshield-wipers is also given to complete the area.
This entire bonnet assembly is fitted to a front bumper/wheel-well/fender unit, which also comprises the cockpit floor; the latter has fine panel and rib details molded in place. Each fender is fitted with a three-part head-lamp unit, which has black-out slits and separate clear styrene inserts for the slit openings; conventional head-lamp lenses are not included. Width indicator stems are also given for each side. Down low on the bumper, a separate part for the registration number plate is then fitted. The tools that were usually seen mounted on the fenders are in the box, but they are crossed-out as not-for-use; the instructions do not show them being fitted either. I am not sure about this configuration as the cited references dont mention the external tool fit as indicative of specific variations; certainly I stand to be corrected.
The running boards are separate parts, with separate mounting brackets. They feature non-skid strips on their upper surfaces, and the one on the starboard side is fitted with a three-part vehicle jack. The back wall of the cab is separate and in the center it receives a separate clear panel for the rear window; there are more detail parts added back there as well. The seats are one large piece, with restrained wrinkle texture; two parts are added to help mount it to the cab floor. The front end of the cockpit is a separate, well-detailed part. It includes the opened glove compartment and various switches, button and dial faces molded in place on the instrument panel. Dial faces are given as decals, for a refined look. All of the drivers controls are separate. They include shift lever, parking brake lever, gas, brake and clutch pedals and steering wheel/column parts. References indicate that there ought to be a fire extinguisher and its rack on the passengers side; this is not given.
The roof panel is separate and includes the frame for the wind-shield glass. The latter is a separate clear part. Two different towed-load triangles are provided for the front edge of the roof panel. One is erected to indicate a towed load, the other lays down to indicate no load is being hauled. Unlike the first release, these are now shown in the instructions as options. The cab doors are both separate parts and they can be posed opened or closed. They feature separate inner panels, for proper dimension and detail; this configuration also eliminates the possibility of sink marks and the attendant clean-up. There are also no ejector pin marks to worry about. The outside door-opening handles are separate, as are the ones on the inside. Furthermore, the crank handles for opening and closing the windows are also separate. Modelers should note that no other available kit has these handles and cranks as separate parts. Clear parts for the side windows are also given, while pre-cut self-adhesive masking material is provided to ease the painting process. A multi-part search-light with a clear lens is given, as is a separate drivers side-view mirror. Several small etched brass parts provide some of the smaller details around the window frames.
The new wooden cargo bed has solid front, side and rear sections, without the spaced boards on the upper segments. As previously mentioned, the original set, with spaced slats on the upper edges are still in the box. The side and rear panels can be shown erected or dropped. Three panels are provided to fit across the bed for passenger seats. Numerous separate detail parts are added to the panels, to include plates, handles and other hardware. The deck panel is separate and is detailed on both of its faces (as are all the other load-bed panels). A new separate part represents the four-part canvas foul weather cover frames, bundled up and stowed. No separate frames for the erected position are given. A rolled-up canvas tarp is now provided in DS100 soft styrene. It is as well-detailed as any resin item, and will look the part with care in painting. It should be noted that, unlike other kits in this scale, all of these panels are completely devoid of ejector pin marks and that they are not burdened with out-of-scale wood grain details.
The forward-most body panel, which does not fold down, is fitted with W-shaped mounting brackets for connection to the chassis frame. Six more separate parts (two are V-shaped, two are W-shaped and two are L-shaped) are then fitted to attach the deck panel to the chassis frame. The three-part left- and right-side wheel wells for the dual tires are now fitted, along with another pair of multi-part tool boxes, one on each side behind the wheel wells. Optional tail-lamp and registration plate configurations are also given.
Molding, Fit and Engineering.
I have already commented on the lack of visible ejector pin marks in places they may normally be seen; there are several inside the cab roof and rear wall, as well as beneath the front fenders. These are all difficult to se on a finished model, but most modelers would probably wish to eliminate them. There was no parts shrinkage, no flash, and the mold parting lines are delicate and easily cleaned-up. Detail is crisp overall, and parts break-down allows for a high level of detail, without complex assemblies. As I proceed with construction, I am beginning to appreciate this kits clever engineering, especially around the front end. I have thus far had no fit problems worth mentioning.
I am not a fan of etched brass inserts for the jerry cans and will replace the one given with styrene sheet; this will also allow the use of all three cans if so desired for this or other projects.
Accuracy and Details.
The front end accurately represents the S-Typ with the shorter hood/bonnet; this is a good way to identify the 2-wheel drive version if the drive train is not seen. There should be a fire extinguisher and bracket in the cockpit; this should be easy to source from a well-stocked spares bin. I cannot comment on scale accuracy since I have no reliable drawings to compare the kit to. Suffice to say, the kit looks to be properly detailed and proportioned.
These are in DMLs typical line-drawing style, and since there are not a huge number of parts, they are relatively brief. Colors are keyed to Testors Model Master and Gunze paints. Some glitches seen on the first kits instructions have been corrected, which indicates that the manufacturer is paying attention to modelers comments.
Decals and Markings Information.
As usual, DML has contracted Italys Cartograf to produce the water-slide decals. They are crisply-printed with closely-cropped, matte carrier film. Registration is also fine and color saturation is very good. Markings for seven trucks are provided as follows:
10.Panzer-Division, North Africa 1942.
15.Panzer-Division, North Africa 1942.
21.Panzer-Division, North Africa 1942.
334.Infanterie-Division, North Africa 1942.
164.Leichte-Afrika-Division, North Africa 1942.
7.Panzer-Division, France 1940.
Großdeutschland-Division, Ostfront 1941.
The instructions show that these trucks are painted in two basic schemes, based either on Dunkelgrau or the so-called Tropen (tropical) type. Note that the Blitz seen in France in 1940 should be painted in the Dunkelgrau/Dunkelbraun scheme. Although one set of registration plates already has numbers in place, all of the other schemes require the modeler to assemble the individual numbers supplied and add them to the plate. There are only WH (Heer) prefixes for the registration plates, so if the modeler wants an SS, Luftwaffe (WL) or Kriegsmarine (WM) truck, some searching of the spares bin will be in order.
In general, DML/Cyberhobbys Opel Blitz is more refined than what has come before. In particular, the cab details are more complete especially regarding the doors. The two-position engine compartment covers have cooling slots that are open all the way through and there are separate cover stays for when they are closed. None of the visible surfaces of the finished kit have any knock-out pin marks. The included masking material is pre-cut and decals are provided for the instrument panel dial faces.
The new additions as well as the inclusion of all of the previous features will allow for more scope in the finished model, making this my kit of choice. Those modelers who may have skipped over the previous release might wish to reconsider, while those with a special interest in the Blitz should be pleased by this variation. Now, all we need is the 4x4 version; I sure hope DML is listening!
Frank V. De Sisto
References consulted for this report included:
1. German Military Transport of World War Two; Hippocrene Books, by J. Milsom.
2. Directory of Wheeled Vehicles of the Wehrmacht; Ducimus, by C. Ellis.
3. Militarfahrzeuge: German Softskinned Vehicles of WW2: Aero Armor Series 10, by W. Spielberger & U. Feist.
4. Historic Military Vehicles Directory; After the Battle, by B. Vanderveen.
5. Opel Blitz in Detail, Special Museum Line No.1; Wings & Wheels Publications, no author listed.
6. Opel Blitz in Detail, Special Museum Line No.39; Wings & Wheels Publications, by F. Koran, J. Mostek & A. Vesely.
Note: Since May of 2005, I have been working on books for Concord Publications, a sister company to Cyberhobby. The reader may wish to take this into consideration. For my part, I will attempt to maintain an objective viewpoint when writing these reports.
Cyberhobby kits are available from retail and on-line shops; for details visit their web site at: www.cyber-hobby.com.
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