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Schwimmwagen 128
Schwimmwagen 128
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


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Armorama

AFV Club has sent Armorama a pre-production copy of their Schwimmwagen 128 in 1/35th scale. This kit was not even supplied with instructions, and for that matter packaged in a clear plastic bag, so I am limited in what information I can provide you all with.

What I have done is to share with you some pictures that I hope helps you see just what level of detail is included in this small amphibian. The kit as supplied to me is moulded in a very dark-grey plastic which can make it difficult to see the included detail with the naked eye.

Here is a quick breakdown of what I received:

3 grey sprues
Upper hull
Lower hull
5 vinyl tires
1 clear sprue
A small photo etched fret

The moulding quality is good for the most part, with the exception of a partially mis-moulded wheel; but remember this is a pre-production kit. While on the subject of the wheels, I believe that the long lengths of injection waste will be removed on production models. I do not have references to-hand to check the accuracy at this time, but it does look right.

AF35228 Schwimmwagen 128
SUMMARY
Highs: This is a pre-production kit, so hard to know.
Lows: Ditto.
Verdict: Stay tuned.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AF35228
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 17, 2013
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.65%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

I hate this! Another kit to buy!
APR 17, 2013 - 04:41 PM
Thanks for the review! Looking forward to that kit. For some reason I thought they would include two types of tyres, but I can kitbash with a Tamiya kit no problem! Anyone know when this kit will be available? Cheers, Christophe
APR 18, 2013 - 12:43 AM
A friend told me over lunch today that he had seen the kit for sale in a Berlin hobby shop this week... Cheers, Christophe
APR 18, 2013 - 10:06 AM
Going to need a side-by-side comparison with Tamiya's. Also price comparison.
APR 19, 2013 - 10:25 AM
I was told by AFV Club that the kit will be ready soon but the decals are not printed yet so I am unsure how someone hass it for sale already. Also please remember this is pre production and it may have the other tyres when released proper.
APR 19, 2013 - 10:53 AM
Impossible. The Typ 128 and the Typ 166 (the version Tamiya produces) aren't the same vehicle, sizewise (128 was longer) and , in some respects, structurally.
APR 19, 2013 - 11:05 AM
Ah, I'm glad Joseph cleared that up - I was thinking "128 - shouldn't that read 166?" So was the 128 the initial type before full production in Feb 1942? How widespread was this specific type in use?
APR 20, 2013 - 01:25 PM
Ah, I'm glad Joseph cleared that up - I was thinking "128 - shouldn't that read 166?" So was the 128 the initial type before full production in Feb 1942? How widespread was this specific type in use?[/quote] Initial production started in 1941. Production was very limited. It's long wheelbase caused stability problems; and, there was the problem of welds cracking, causing the Typ 128 to leak like a sieve. Not what one looks for in an amphibious vehicle. The development of the Typ 166 also started in the same year, with full production beginning in late 1942.
APR 20, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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