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Resin Radiator for Sd.Kfz.7
Resin Radiator Housing for WWII German Sd.Kfz.7 Series
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]


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Introduction

Over the past 18 months, we’ve been treated to the “Half-Track Wars” between Dragon and Trumpeter as each company released multiple versions of the German Sd.Kfz.7 Prime Mover. The importance of this can’t be overemphasized: the Sd.Kfz.7 concept proved so successful that over 12,000 were produced through 1944. It filled a variety of roles, including pulling artillery, carrying Panzergrenadiers into battle, and recovering tanks, as well as mounting two major anti-aircraft weapons: the 2cm Flakvierling 38 (“quad”) and two versions of the 3.7cm single barrel AA gun. No build of any variant of the 88mm FlaK 18/36/37 or sFH 18 150mm howitzer is complete without an Sd.Kfz.7 to pull it.

Not surprisingly, a whole set of AM photo etch has been released by several manufacturers, including Griffon Models. Their resin radiator housing for the Sd.Kfz.7 series is one of those upgrade options.

the kit

The set comes with a resin housing and two frets of PE (one for the radiator louvers that allow air in, and brass screens covering the radiator from the inside.

the review

The set can work on any Dragon early Sd.Kfz.7; I also compared it to the Trumpeter Sd.Kfz.7 radiator and it appears to be the same dimensions, though the mounting lugs are very different. Still, with a little surgery, I believe it could be adapted to the Trumpy kit, which could use a better radiator option. The resin radiator housing is well-cast with crisp lines, no flash and a pour plug that runs cleanly along a lower edge for easy removal (though the housing is very thin and therefore delicate).

The brass work really kicks the detailing up several notches on the front end of these kits, with one of its most exciting features the chance to put the logo of either the main producer (Kraus-Maffei) or Borgward on the front of the radiator. Sd.Kfz.7s were built by several firms besides these two, including Büssing-NAG, but hats off to Griffon for giving us the additional option (both the Dragon and Trumpeter kits have the Kraus-Maffei logo molded onto the kit styrene radiator housing). This set nicely compliments Griffon’s Engine Compartment Update set (#35A053) that shares the radiator interior grill and logo options, but not the resin radiator shell.

Conclusion

The Dragon Sd.Kfz.7s are already among the more-expensive kits on the market in 1/35th scale, and don’t scream out for upgrading. But this set will delight those who want the utmost in accuracy, since no styrene technology can recreate the delicate scale thicknesses of resin and metal.
SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent, crisp molding; adds amazing detail to the kit. A quick upgrade that makes a good kit even better.
Lows: Expensive for a kit that’s already close to $50.
Verdict: Definitely recommended for those who want the ultimate in realism and detail.
  ACCURACY:95%
  VALUE FOR MONEY:80%
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: L35A052
  Suggested Retail: $14.95
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 18, 2010
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.66%

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

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Comments

after looking at the kit supplied housing, looks like I'll want to get this..thanks for the review Bill.
JAN 18, 2010 - 12:52 PM
My pleasure, Tim. These are really very nice. But the engine upgrade is superfluous unless you're going to have the bonnet open or off entirely for a "repair" dio. I mean, the louvered side panels on the bonnet are lovely, but a bit pricey if you're leaving the whole thing closed.
JAN 18, 2010 - 05:11 PM
I think that this Griffon aftermarket correct a little mistake made by Dragon; the Dragon´s kit have the bevelled radiator mask corresponding to Borgward but Dragon put the Krauss Maffei logo on it. The bonus of this set is that it have both logos, Krauss Maffei and Borgward. If you have two Dragon kit, you can replace one radiator by the Griffon correct one and in the other kit you must sanding the Krauss Maffei logo and glue the PE Borward logo provided by Griffon.
FEB 17, 2019 - 06:19 AM
   

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