DML 1/35 OVM Tool Set for Panzer IV Ausf.D/E First Look
|Date of Review||February 2009||Manufacturer||DML (cyber-hobby.com)|
|Subject||OVM Tool Set for Panzer IV Ausf.D/E||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||3875||Primary Media||40 parts in grey styrene|
|Pros||Nice, sharp new state-of-the-art moldings can upgrade older kits||Cons||May require changes to recipient kits to accept new parts|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$8.95|
One of the early weaknesses of 1/35 scale (or any scale, for that matter) models was the tendency of model manufacturers to “simplify” construction and in doing that they tended to mold many small parts on the large components of kits. A particularly egregious victim of this policy were OVM – Outer Vehicle Materials, a US term covering all items strapped or bolted on the outside of a vehicle which were necessary to simplify crew functions, repairs or carrying spare parts themselves, including “pioneer tools” - shovel, axe, sledge hammer and mattock or pick in US service.
Later, starting about 1968, manufacturers began to provide them as separate parts but quality tended to vary quite a bit between very good and not much better than toylike quality. This continued until recent years when the manufacturers began to provide either decent tools with scale fastenings (to avoid the long problem of “magic” tools that clung to tanks without any visible means of attachment) or separate brass straps and hold-down loops.
DML’s affiliate cyber-hobby.com has also begun to release the OVM sets from recent DML kits as separate offerings. These permit upgrading kits from other manufacturers or older DML offerings to current levels.
Set 3875 covers the Praga TNH series light vehicles (e.g. Pzkw. 38(t), Marder III, 15 cm Grille vehicles, Flakpanzer, and Hetzer) and includes etched brass tie-down straps. It provides the jack, a shovel, wire cutters, an axe, tanker’s bar, sledge, and fire extinguisher among other components.
Set 3875 covers early Pzkw. IV vehicles and provides all of the lighting, tools, jack and jack block, fire extinguishers, tow cable hooks, and cleaning rods.
Set 3876 is for the later Pzkw. IV vehocles and provides a multi-part jack, tools, cleaning rods, tow cable hooks, and starter crank.
Set 3877 is for the Ausf. G Panther and provides a multi-piece jack, tools, tow cable hooks, fire extinguisher, headlight, and other bits.
All of these parts are included with current DML kits, but being offered separately permits upgrading older DML kits or those from other manufacturers with state-of-the-art components.
Overall this is a nice offering for a reasonable price and should help get some older projected moved towards completion.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of Dragon Models USA for the review samples.