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Cracking the Box: Meng VsKfz 617

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Comments

Another Great review Jim. This one is going to be a must have for me.
JAN 03, 2012 - 08:11 PM
Great Review. I was really excited about adding this one to my stash until I saw the price was $72 at GM. Seems like a lot of money for so little in the box. Interesting subject, though. Maybe the price will come down after a while.
JAN 03, 2012 - 09:07 PM
Rgeraci: $48.99 in stock at Lucky Model. Still might be a little much to pay, but better than $72. Happy Modelling, -zon
JAN 03, 2012 - 09:48 PM
Just a quick update if I may? The large wheels are actually the front wheels and single small wheel is the back turning wheel, the turret is also at the front. Looks like it's facing the wrong way but it's not. Hope that helps Cheers Terry A
JAN 04, 2012 - 02:57 AM
WoW, time for happy feet . . . Thanks, zon
JAN 04, 2012 - 02:10 PM
Thanks for pointing that out Terry. I guess I was thinking it worked more like a farm tractor, but having the larger armored wheels up front taking the brunt of the mine detonations makes a lot more sense. Is there any data on numbers of these built or deployments, etc? Thanks again, Jim
JAN 04, 2012 - 05:37 PM
as far as i know there was only one prototype produced which was captured by the russians at Kummersdorf, which is the one in kubinka now.
JAN 04, 2012 - 05:52 PM
on order... I can finally make this beastie! I can bin the bad resin version i have
JAN 04, 2012 - 06:44 PM
A definite must have. I was close to buying the RPM, but read horror stories about that one.
JAN 04, 2012 - 08:07 PM
Thanks for the peek in the box Jim, looks like Meng did a pretty good job on this judging from the first look. I'm not sure why they used weighted pads in the kit though...unless someone wants to roll it around Some say twins were built, others say one...all we really know is that one was actually built and is now resting at Kubinka. Since this monster was deemed obsolete upon completion I don't believe it made it off the testing grounds, so never deployed.
JAN 04, 2012 - 11:37 PM
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