Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast Armored Opel Blitz S (4x2) with 2cm Flak 38 AA Gun
About the manufacturer
Milicast is the premier resin model manufacturer in 1/76. Their range is wide, the level of detail is showcase model-level as opposed to wargame model. Their kits are all resin and include a lot of small parts. The quality and level of detail have also vastly improved in the last few years with models having full interiors and sometimes detailed engines. Their latest guns, which I have only seen on the web site also seem to bring the hobby to a new level.
On the minus side, I do question the use of resin for everything as it is more difficult to straighten or unwarp than white metal. Resin parts can be corrected in a hot water bath, but not always perfectly, and the slightest bend in a gun is very conspicuous on a tank!
About the vehicle
Not a lot of information on this truck:
o5m6's cool page on the VH48
Milicast's own page for this model.
About the kit
Notwithstanding Milicast's naming, this kit represents the 178in wheelbase Dodge VH48, of which 1500 served in the French Army in 1940. Of course the Germans took over the survivors and used them on all fronts. The VK62b has a longer wheelbase of 188in and was used mainly as an RAF crew bus. The kit has a scale wheelbase of 177in. The wheels have 6 holes where they should have 5. The stowage configuration needs to be changed to conform to French or German practice. The kit is for a truck in British service. The brass brushguard nice but in my case it is pretty damaged.
Reviewed on September 8, 2011.