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Sd.Kfz. 11 Late Version
German 3 Ton Half-Track Late Version
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by: Joe Rion [ DISPATCHER ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
AFV Club kit # 35047 Sd.Kfz. 11 Einheitsfahrerhaus has been out for some time. This kit depicts the late war version of the Sd.Kfz 11. The three ton chassis was the base for the three ton half-track and the 251 series. The number of chassis produced was near 25,000, with around 16,000 being built as the 251 half-track.

During the war, the available supply of steel became strained, and as a result the three ton vehicles were redesigned to help reduce the need for steel. This vehicle used composite wood to replace the cab, and a wooden bed to replace the steel body.
Contents
The kit comes in a slip top box with each sprue in its own clear sealed bag. The kit is comprised of 220 parts and arranged on lettered sprues.

•6 sprues of light tan styrene
•1 sprue of clear styrene
•1 sprue of grey styrene
•1 PE fret consisting of one part
•1 Decal sheet
•2 Rubber tracks
•Instruction booklet
Review
The kit has a lot in common with the previous AFV Club Sd.Kfz 11 kits. The frame and drive components are basically the same, with a few different parts and setup. The front wheels are all plastic in two pieces. The Einheits’ cab is presented well, along with the interior. The interior firewall is well done with moulded on wiring and other details. The interior seat is a bench type with a separate back. The instruments look a bit weak detail wise, but should show up well when painted.

The load bed of the kit has a good impression of wood grain on all surfaces. The frame for the load bed cover is just plain, no wood grain, but well rendered. The tracks are rubber band type, which glue together. The decals included have several late war tactical signs for the vehicle. The inspection of the sprues show only a small area of flash and a few knock out marks. The knock out marks are for the most part on unseen surfaces and should pose no problems. I noticed no sink marks or mis-moulded parts.

A sprue of rifles and machine guns are included and are moulded very well. The only down side to the rifles is that the mould lines are pretty big and will require careful clean-up. The instruction sheet is not overly busy, and looks to be easy to follow. The painting and markings show a vehicle for the 2nd Pz. Div France 1944.
Conclusion

AFV Club's rendering of the late war 3 ton half-track seems spot on. What little information I have seen seems to show a good copy. The carriage and running gear looks quite good and the cab and bed are well depicted. I hope to do a build of this vehicle in the near future.

A Build Log has been started on the Forums to evaluate the kit construction.

SUMMARY
Highs: Wood grain on the bed is done well. Good decal set for late war tactical signs. Overall, a good job on the kit.
Lows: The kit could have been improved with individual tracks. The lack of opening doors on the cab could be revisited in the future. The lack of an engine is a let down after the detail provided on the engine side of the firewall.
Verdict: The kit is nice to build and makes a needed late war vehicle for multiple uses.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AF 35047
  Suggested Retail: $ 31.00
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 06, 2009
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 78.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.65%

About Joe Rion (dispatcher)
FROM: ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES

I model in 1/35th scale. I do German WW2 tanks, softskins and other equipment.

Copyright ©2017 text by Joe Rion [ DISPATCHER ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

Good review Joe i've been cotemplating whether to get this kit for some time now and after reading your review i'm gonna have to get one at the earliest opportunity thanks also to James for the link
MAR 05, 2009 - 11:11 PM
I have to agree completely with the review on this kit. Iv had it in my stash since it came out and it has always been on my "imminent build"pile....It really is a good kit. The small arms sprue is well done and I thing the MG32 that came with it was one of the best Iv seen(Iv already used it on another dio fig) I always have reservation when I see rubber-band style tracks(probably cause Im a product of the 70's modelling scene) but these are very well done and with proper attention will really look prototype. I love buying upgrade stuff and the only one I could find to inprove things was Migs front wheel set .. I think this kit lends itself well to the person whos contemplating conversions as the cab looks quite easy to open the drivers door on
MAR 07, 2009 - 06:07 AM
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