Accessory, Eduard 35880, Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.C Stuka zu Fuss
July 17 2006 at 6:04 PM
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35880, Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.C Stuka zu Fuss. 1/35th-scale photo-etched brass detail set for AFV Club kit. Price: $29.95 USD.
As manufacturers continue to pump out kits of Sd.Kfz.251 variants at a prodigious rate, Eduard seems to be keeping up with etched brass detail sets, like this one tailored for the Ausf.C-based ďStuka zu FussĒ from AFV Club.
This fairly extensive set comprises three etched brass frets, a small piece of clear film for the various vision blocks and a small piece of printed paper for the driverís instrument panel. These items are accompanied by six pages of instructions on three A4-sized pieces of paper.
It would appear that Eduard has found yet more details to add to these sets since (among other items), they now provide the adjustable tracks that go below the driverís and section commanderís seats. Staying in the cockpit, there is a new instrument panel with full-color printed dial faces, various conduits, vent tubes, clamps, brackets, shift lever boxes, brake lever lock, access plates, radio rack, and wall-mounts for the MP40 and its ammo magazines. The bolted flanges that connected the front and rear sections are provided as are various spare vision blocks and their holders.
Working back to the crew compartment there are new rifle racks, locker details for below the bench seats, snail-drum ammo can holders, fire extinguisher brackets, more floor plates and various brackets and clamps. A new shield is provided for the forward MG mount and new mounts for the rod that ran along both inner sides of the crew compartment edge are given; the modeler will have to source his own styrene of brass rod to complete the assembly.
On the outside there are new turn signal indicators, various head- and tail-lamp mounts and brackets and new racks for the jerry cans that were sometimes seen mounted on the outside of the main crew compartment access doors. Hinge and latch detail is provided for all of the fender-mounted stowage lockers, while the usual clamps and brackets are provided for the externally-mounted tools. The final details are specific to the frames for the rockets. They include elevation quadrants with etched numeric scale details, and the folding arms that held the rocket crate frames; these can be depicted raised without the crates, or lowered with them in place. These also require the use of styrene or brass rod.
Overall, this set has again raised the detail stakes and seemingly has everything the detail fanatic could ask for, and then some! None of the multitude of parts is overly complex, making this set useful to modelers of many skill levels.
Frank V. De Sisto
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops, or direct from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.