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German Luftwaffe Crew (Winter) w/Kettenkraftrad

Tamiya, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number:

Tamiya's Kit No. 32412 - German Luftwaffe Crew (Winter) w/Kettenkraftrad

Scale:

1/48

Contents & Media

146 parts in dark yellow plastic.

Price:

2000 Yen

Review Type:

First Look.

Advantages:

Enough parts for one or more diorama or vignette scenes; includes five high quality figures; excellent moulding and detail.

Disadvantages:

No decals.

Conclusions:

A versatile set for Luftwaffe modellers to dress up their aircraft models.


Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

In recent years Tamiya has produced a number of collaborative efforts with ICM. Typically, ICM supplies the figures while Tamiya has provided a kit from their back catalogue.

This time around, Tamiya has combined their very nice 1/48 scale Kettenkraftrad tractor with a number of generic accessories plus five figures from ICM.

The figures represent two mechanics, two fighter pilots and a sentry in a variety of winter uniform items. One of the pilots is wearing a sheepskin jacket with sheepskin gaiters and a officer's peaked cap.

 

 

The second NCO pilot wears a leather jacket, later style jodhpurs with large pockets at the front and a cap with ear warmers.

 

 

The sentry wears a helmet, sheepskin greatcoat, mittens and gaiters. He is also supplied with a sentry box. This is painted in black and white diagonal stripes on the box top.

 

 

The two ground crew are also dressed in winter garb, this time with side caps. One is carrying a bomb while the other is holding a spray gun.

Accessories include a ladder, fuel drums, jerry cans, toolbox and tools, a bucket, packs and rolls, a compressed air bottle and what appears to be a flagpole to be attached to the sentry box, although this is not mentioned in the instructions.

The detail and moulding of the ICM figures is excellent. Some of these guys look a little bulky but this is explained by their layered winter clothing.

Tamiya's Kettenkraftrad is also very well detailed and will be a fast, easy build. The tracks are moulded as a single part with the inner road wheels and the drive sprocket. Just add four outer road wheels per side and hey presto!

 

 

The front mudguard, wheel, hub and Notek light are another simple one-piece assembly.

 

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Decals are not included, so you'll need to source your own number plate and other markings for the Kettenkraftrad.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is a versatile set for Luftwaffe modellers to lend context and scale to their aircraft kits.

Thanks to Tamiya for the sample.


Review Text and Images Copyright 2018 by Brett Green
Page Created 9 July, 2018
Last updated 11 July, 2018

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