L1500A Kfz.70 German Personnel Car

Published: March 19th, 2013     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: 
Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt
Price: $79.00
Product / Stock #: 35147

Items in the box

The model is made of injection molded plastic, gray in color.  The instructions were made up in book form, printed on both sides.  Other parts were clear plastic, such as windows and headlights; also included are two small sheets of photo etch details (brass).

Construction

I started by assembling the chassis, muffler, and suspension systems, as well as the drive shafts, differentials, and forward steering details.  Next came the engine and transmission with their details.  The radiator came next (I used the photo etch grille instead of the cast plastic grille).  I followed with the truck body, seats, rear trunk enclosure, rifle supports, and shifting and brake levers.  The body, wheels, engine, and engine radiator were attached to each other.  These assemblies were all pre-painted, decaled, and dullcoated upon final assembly.  The windows, rifles, spare wheel, and spare fuel tank finished the assembly.  (Note: I added extra details - the case of soda, decals, and an extra fuel tank.)  This model came in two configurations, with the top up or down, builder's choice.

Finish and decals

I used Model Master black, Tamiya desert yellow, Micro-mark rust.  Decals went on well, except for the shield on the side doors and front fender.  It's very fragile and the white insignia looks like it's falling apart.

Conclusion

The kit went together well.  This kit is for the more experienced builder, as there several fragile parts as well as tiny ones, and sensitive decals. 

I would like to thank MRC for supplying this kit and IPMS-USA for allowing me to build and review it.

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