DML 1/35 Upgrade and Conversion Kit for StuG III Ausf. G Early Production First Look
|Date of Review||January 2007||Manufacturer||DML (cyber-hobby.com)|
|Subject||Upgrade and Conversion Kit for StuG III Ausf. G Early Production||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||3832||Primary Media||56 parts (48 etched brass, 2 preformed etched brass, 6 brass tubing sections)|
|Pros||Upgrades the base kit with etched brass and provides both accessories and additonal details||Cons||Shell catcher is only available here and not in base kit; add-on kits somewhat defeat the concept of the "Smart Kit"|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$10.98|
DML's boutique hobby line of cyber-hobby.com is now offering two upgrade kits for their very nice new StuG III Ausf. G Early Production kit, and each one covers different aspect s of the model.
This set offers brass fenders with very nicely done non-slip patterning as well as extra brass such as the exhaust deflector and the attachment bolt strips for the casemate. It also provides brass smoke grenade launchers for the casemate as well.
The directions still require you to guess at where to insert the parts as they are not keyed to the kit's directions. This would make them much more handy, given the busy directions DML uses with their stock kits.
The one big ding on the original kit was the lack of the shell catcher, and it is an odd thing to leave off.
Overall, this answers the mail for many of the "must have brass to be a good model" types out there, but the base kit (less the boo-boo on the shell catcher) is fine as is so anyone not into brass doesn't have to fear it being incomplete without the brass parts.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of Dragon Models USA of DML for the review sample.