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
I found nothing online on this vehicle other than
Milicast's own page for this model.
About the kit
Many parts involving a lot of preparation, which is par for the course for a resin kit. Once the main parts are unwarped, it should build into a nice model. The wheels have 6 holes, being of the prewar type. At this stage of the war they should have 8 holes like on the Airfix kit. Now Airfix modeled the A tpye (4x4) and got the rear wheels wrong so the fix is not obvious. The Milicast wheels are also slightly larger, closer to 1/72. They are the same size as those in the Airfix GMC kit.
Reviewed on September 6, 2011.