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Sd.Kfz.251/7 Ausf.D
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 08:23 AM UTC
Brent Watterson examines one of the newer 1:72 scale Pro-Series releases from Dragon Models, the Sd.Kfz.251/7 Ausf.D.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2007 - 01:25 PM UTC
Do you think Aber will make a set to open up the toolboxes?
I can't wait to build this vehicle.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 12:05 AM UTC
It looks like a really cool vehicle. Another nice 251.

However, I cannot belive that Dragon made number plate decals with separate numbers! It was difficult enough for me in 1/35, but in 1/72. Phew... that is going to be hard

Thanks for the review
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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 09:51 PM UTC
Hi Guys,

Andras - do you mean the toolbox's on the side of the vehicle? If so I'm sure theres already a PE set with separate doors, certainly for the Hasegawa "D", they may fit the Dragon kit - I'll check thru my stash list and let you know.

Jesper - yeah I agree on the individual numbers. It certainly means you can make individual vehicles if making alot of them or make up a plate to match a ref pic. I must confess to using plates on my Germnas from the Aleran numberplate set which is pretty comprehensive.

cheers
Brent

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 11:09 PM UTC

Part makes a PE set for Hasegawa's 251 Ausf. D

regards,
Steen
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 05:10 AM UTC
Brent, you're kidding... So there is actually PE in this scale for side-boxes???
(And I thought I was hilarious.)
json
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 08:04 PM UTC
Andras, you have no idea!

Look at this:



(Taken from Eduard's website)

And the side-boxes (from Part's website):



regards,
Steen
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 10:36 PM UTC
Yup thats the set I was thinking of Steen - the Part set for the Hasegawa 'D". I've got a couple Dragon "D"s here to build, I might pick up the Part set and see how it fits against the Dragon kit's dimensions .......

Brent
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007 - 02:11 AM UTC
It would have been nice if Dragon had supplied the wheeled gun carriage with the gun.
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007 - 08:51 PM UTC

I would have liked it much better if they included the correct interior, like with the Ausf. C. And maybe some pioneering tools, mines, explosives, etc. like they did with the 1/35th kit of the some subject.

But then again, it's not a perfect world.

regards,
Steen
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007 - 10:52 PM UTC
Hi Steen,

Yeah Agree totally on what they could (should have) done. It'll be interesting to see what interior they give us with the new 251/10 D. I believe theres ammo stowage in the 251/10 C version so lets see if they do the same. Seems odd to have more complete interiors in the older C series and not to included them in the D versions. Maybe its cost, however I'd rather pay a buck or so more to have the correct interior fit.

As it is I'll probably get the 251/7 C and use some bits for the 7-D. At least with wargaming the C wont go to waste - I'll use it as a standard SPW for my winter guys.

As an aside I've brought a couple D nebelwerfer and C mortar vehicles as the mail-order HS I use has them cheaper than the standard SPWs. So you get a fist full of spares for the parts box and can still make up the standard SPWs .........

cheers
Brent
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007 - 11:05 PM UTC

Actually all the parts from the 7C interior are also in the 7D box, so all we have to do is get the saw out and split the benches. A bit frustrating that Dragon makes one super accurate 1/35th kit after the other, but keep making less accurate 1/72nd kits, and of the same subjects. Are there no communication between their 1/72nd and 1/35th scale people??

Same thing with the 251/10. All the photos I can find, has the 37 mm gun with cut-down shield. But still Dragon releases a version with full-size shield.

regards,
Steen