Which Kfz 15?

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Which Kfz 15?

Joined: April 28th, 2005, 8:56 pm

June 11th, 2017, 8:12 pm #1

1/35 scale Kfz15 kits. There are presently 4-5 kits of this vehicle out there. I have and like the Italeri one (and it is started), but is the Bronco one that much better?
The suspension looks so complicated and very delicate.

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Joined: May 1st, 2003, 9:43 pm

June 11th, 2017, 9:00 pm #2

The Italeri one dates from the 1970's, and is still excellent. No question, it is a great kit even by today's standards. The only annoyance is the rubber tyres, which can be problematic.

The Bronco kit is fabulously detailed, and possibly overly complex. It has more complete detail in some places, but much of it is hidden when the model is assembled.

If you want the ultimate detail, then go with Bronco. If you want a more reasonable build, and a lot lower cost, then go with Italeri. Both kits benefit from aftermarket wheels in my humble opinion.

See http://amps-armor.org/SiteReviews/ShowR ... =&p=1&s=-4 for a good reference.

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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 12th, 2017, 12:44 pm #3

1/35 scale Kfz15 kits. There are presently 4-5 kits of this vehicle out there. I have and like the Italeri one (and it is started), but is the Bronco one that much better?
The suspension looks so complicated and very delicate.
I built the Bronco Kfz. 12 (essentially the same car) for a Track Link blog.

http://www.track-link.com/blogs/23501

Having built both, I would say which kit you buy depends on both your building skill and what is important to you in a model.

The Italeri kit is now 40 something years old. Back in the mid 70s it was excellent and without peer. Today, it is still fundamentally solid, but also rather simple and sparsely detailed. The body is pretty nice and there is nothing really wrong with the kit, although the simple rubber tires are bad. What you see just sitting on a shelf or in a diorama is reasonable. The Eduard photo-etch set for the kit adds a lot, and you can buy some resin wheels, which I recommend. With some TLC it builds up into a nice kit and Italeri has reissued their old kit as a dedicated radio car with some new interior parts.

The Bronco kit is, well, Bronco. Anything that can be broken down into 9 parts with 3 photo-etch details has been done so. The complex suspension is hampered by poor, abstract, instructions that just show things being assembled floating in space. There is no way you can set the height of the suspension arms, drive shafts , etc without actually building those parts on the model itself. But, everything fits VERY well and despite the complexity, I had no real issues aside from figuring out a new way to build the kit. Now, much of the detail, especially on the chassis and suspension will be lost unless you pick the model up to look. But, there is a general refinement over the top with things like the running boards, windshield frame, pioneer tools, etc. being much nicer. Bronco throws in a few accessories like some German infantry back packs.

I found an old Italeri kit cheap for $15 USD which is at least 1/4 the price of the Bronco kit. So, cost could be a factor as the Bronco kit is rather expensive for a small car.
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Joined: June 4th, 2011, 7:09 pm

June 16th, 2017, 7:59 pm #4

1/35 scale Kfz15 kits. There are presently 4-5 kits of this vehicle out there. I have and like the Italeri one (and it is started), but is the Bronco one that much better?
The suspension looks so complicated and very delicate.
built their funk and detail was amazing. But of course chassis was a bit demanding when it comes to build.

Italeri looks like a toy in comparison.
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