German KÜBELWAGON Type 82

1:48 Scale - Kit No.32503
First Look by Terry Ashley

This third release in the 1:48th vehicle series is the Afrika-Korps version of the Type 82 Kübelwagon and as you would imagine has many parts in common with the first Kübelwagon release (Kit#32501).

Sprue A is common to both kits while there are three new sprues E and F in beige plastic and clear sprue G and of course the decal sheet.

All my comments in the first kit review also apply here so I will concentrate on the new parts for this kit which sees the same clean, crisp mouldings with a minimum to no pin marks on the parts.

New sprue E has the larger balloon sand tyres with very good tread pattern and hub details to give that distinctive look to the desert Kübelwagon.

Sprue F includes a new front hood with the modified spare wheel mount for the larger wheel as well as a modified rear engine under tray with revised exhaust system, new covered headlights and two new figures in tropical dress.
These figures are a standing pilot and seated driver figure which have quite nice uniform and facial details for this smaller scale and should look good when painted.

The new decal sheet has the usual Tamiya decals with thickish carrier film and markings for five vehicles;

Decal sheet and clear part

The Sprues
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Another nice little kit from Tamiya with very good details for the smaller scale that can be used either as an accessory for an aircraft or in a military setting.

Now let’s hope Tamiya release a brand new kit in the series, anyone for a Jeep?

VW Kübelwagen in detail
Special Museum Line No.8
Wings & Wheels Publications.
ISBN 80-902677-3-4
Kübelwagen in detail
Special Museum Line No.35
Wings & Wheels Publications.
ISBN 80-96416-53-4
VW at War
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
ISBN 0-88740-401-4
VW at War (2)
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
ISBN 0-88740-308-5
Kit courtesy of my Credit Card and the excellent service from Rainbow Ten.

Page created 11 August 2004

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