Hobby Boss 1/35 Munitionsschlepper auf Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf A with Ammo Trailer

Produced by Henschel, MAN, Krupp and Daimler between 1934 and 1938 the Panzerkampfwagen I (PzKpfW I) was a light tank which first saw action in the Spanish Civil War. Nearly 2,500 were built, 1,659 of them as light tanks which were in turn, as obsolescence approached, converted into a range of sub-variants. One of the rare variants was the Munitionsschlepper (ammunition tractor) auf PzKpfW I Ausf A which was also designated as the SdKfz (Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Special Vehicle)) 111.

This Hobby Boss re-box was released in November 2016 but has its roots as far back as 2002 when the original Panzer I was produced by the now-defunct Tristar Models. Contained within a solid box and topped off with some very nice artwork, first impressions of this unusual subject are good. Eleven of the sprues are packed with desert coloured crisp parts, a further three sprues hold track links in a medium grey colour, a single glass sprue hold five parts and finally and small sheet of PE holds a further 24 components. A simple decal sheet holds six standard German cross insignia plus a couple of information plates for the rear of the ammunition trailer.

The instruction booklet lacks any colour, which will upset those who like to see a reasonably accurate representation of the vehicles camouflage and markings. The black and white, A4, twelve-page booklets also lacks any description of the vehicle on the front page. The build is spread over 14-stages beginning with transmission, hull, wheels and tracks, engine and rounds off with a very tidy ammunition trailer which can be filled with as many rounds as you wish. One of the things I like about this vehicle is that the hull has to be built up rather than arriving in one large section.

A nice kit, of an unusual subject which would make a welcome addition to all who enjoy the more obscure German equipment of the early Second World War period. Thanks very much to Creative Models for our sample which is available from www.creativemodels.co.uk


Product: Construction kit

Ref: 80146

Scale: 1/35

Parts: approx 550 (Inc. PE)

Price: £31.99 (Creative Models)

Manufacturer: Hobby Boss

Website: www.hobbyboss.com