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2cm Flakvierling 38
1/35 German 2cm FlaK38 AA Gun Special Edition with all Metal Barrels
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by: Ted Hayward [ TED_HAYWARD ]

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As with the new Nashorn kit, all four sprues are moulded in a very appropriate German dark yellow color. This trend will continue for all AFV Club kits of WWII German vehicles and equipment. There are very few ejector-pin marks, hidden in strategic places, but not a hint of flash anywhere. The overall quality of detail is as crisp as any Tamiya kit.

The 14 Ėstep instructions are laid out in a systematic and thoughtful manner, with each step broken-down into sub-assemblies. Just because itís a small kit, donít be mislead: with itís many photo-etched and tiny parts, this is not a kit for the beginner. Before opening the box, I was considering comparing it to the classic old Tamiya kit collecting dust in my stash Ėcompletely pointless, as this kit represents the very pinnacle of moulding technology today.

I must admit I spent a fair amount of time admiring the turned-brass gun barrels, with their intricately-machined flash suppressors. I would recommend purchasing this special edition kit, while those barrels are offered for a short time. While the only way this kit could possibly be improved, by replacing the styrene shields with metal, one would have a daunting task adding all the bracing, gussets, and other detail that make up the backsides. These removable armored shields are moulded as thin as new moulding technology will allow.

Included are kill rings, Soviet and British kill markings, and Afrika Korps markings.


The number of brass PE parts included is impressive, some even used on the under-side of the base, which is very highly-detailed. A few will need to be bent to right-angles, and some beads need to be formed with a ball-point pen. Included are 20 ammunition magazines. A moving travel lock and elevating sight linkage are working features. I am very much looking forward to seeing the transportation trailer and 2cm accessory kits, soon to be available from AFV Club.
Highs: The metal barrels included in this limited, special-edition kit are superb!
Lows: Many small and PE parts make this a kit for experienced builders.
Verdict: Highly-recommended.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AF35S61
  Suggested Retail: tba
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 15, 2010

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About Ted Hayward (ted_hayward)

From B.C., Canada. Living in Taiwan for past several years. I've been building kits for as long as memory serves -armor, aircraft, cars. Big fan of 1/16th scale armor kits. Currently serving as poster boy for working with CA adhesives in a well-ventilated area. My first kit was the positively awful ...

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This looks great Ted, the only thing I'm left curious about is the overall accuracy of the kit.
AUG 15, 2010 - 01:15 AM
Nice review Ted.
AUG 15, 2010 - 10:57 AM
I just wondering why nobody mention about raised sections as hand grips for these metal barrels? Clearly AFV club made a same mistake like Fukuya did.
AUG 30, 2010 - 04:20 AM
By the way, why those fallschirmjagers from HobbyFan all wearing offier's service belts?
AUG 30, 2010 - 06:31 AM
Looks to be a very intricate kit.One question though, the metal barrels, are they machined or cast? There seems to be a prominent seam on some ,unless it's a trick of light or photography.To these old eyes though, it looks to be a casting seam? Mike
AUG 30, 2010 - 05:22 PM
Mike, the barrels are machined and so there are no seams. I received my kit a couple of weeks ago and it is really nice. Between the releases from AFV, Dragon, and Bronco (which also has one), I went with AFV for the simple fact they included the metal barrels. By the way, very nice review, Ted! Rob
AUG 31, 2010 - 07:50 AM
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