2cm FlaK 30
Cyberhobby 1:35 Scale Smart Kit No. 6722
Review by Terry Ashley
Dimensionally the kit measures out very will against the recent 1:35 2cm FlaK 30 plans in the Panzer Tracts book No.22-1 Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t (Sd.Kfz.10) apart from one instance where the barrel dimensions are out a little.
To modify the one piece kit base/turntable so the turntable will traverse requires a little work but nothing too taxing, it's a pity this has to be done on a current generation kit but that's another story.
1. Firstly scratch a replacement base from plastic card sheet, I cut the card circles from thinner sheet and sandwiched together as this is easier than trying to cut from thicker sheet. A hole is drilled in the centre of the base for the turntable pin to come, I used 3mm plastic rod for the turntable pin.
2. Carefully cut the turntable from the base unit using a fine razor saw, care is needed not to damage the other detail on the base. Once separated trim the excess plastic from the base and the undersides of the turntable. The turntable should actually be thinned a little but leaving the original thickness would be the easier option.
3. The central pivot pin added to the underside of the turntable, this must be positioned absolutely centrally for even rotation. The smaller pin is to secure the attachment bracket later.
4. Glue the plastic card turntable base to the lower triangular base frame ensuring it is located evenly on the frames.
5. Fit the separated kit turntable pin though the base unit and secure with the plastic card bracket. By slipping the bracket over the smaller pin added earlier it makes it easy the glue in place with a small dab of liquid cement without gluing the pin as well, providing you use the glue sparingly.
6. The turntable will now traverse freely and the remainder of the kit can be added to the turntable. You may wish to complete the gun assembly before permanently attaching the turntable to base as in step 5 to make handling easier.
The sight included with the kit is a representation of the Lineavisier 21 made up of 12 quite small parts for the sight and mounting and does require care assembling due to the size of the parts. As mentioned most of the sight parts are quite chunky and over scale in appearance with the actual Lineavisier 21 gun sight being a very delicate and intricate affair. The kit includes the actual sight cross hair as a fine brass part as an alternative to the plastic part but this shouldn’t be a cross but a single strip across the sight ring.
Also note that one of the sight mounting parts is shown but not numbered in the instructions which makes things a little confusing, this is part A19 that fits to the back of part A21 to form the mounting clips for the outer parts A52, A56.
The 2cm FlaK 30 also used the later Flakvisier 35 sight (as did the early 2cm FlaK 38s) which had a box cover over the sight optics as seen in period photos of the 2cm FlaK 30.
As mentioned the gun dimensions are a little off, the overall length of the barrel and receiver are correct but the receiver is about 1.5mm too long, this results in the trunnions being further forward than they should be and the pivot point being misplaced, also the barrel retaining housing is too long by 0.5mm thereby reducing the length of the gun tube by 2mm. The barrel also doesn’t include the change hand grip texturing although the muzzle brake/flash suppressor is quite well done for a plastic item with slightly hollowed out bore. The small suppressor holes are just indentations and not fully opened out with the barrel just glued to the front of the receiver. Also the magazines are 1mm too long but this will probably be overlooked as it's not that apparent in the overall scheme of things.
As can be seen the receiver is too long resulting in the other dimensions being out with the barrel tube 2mm too short.
Solid lines show the plan dimensions with the dotted lines the kit dimensions, note the position of the trunnion pivot point. (white cross)
The gun cradle is a fairly simple six part assembly but the lower elevation arc has a couple of sizable pin marks on one side to be eliminated and the 4 lightening holes are too small and the central hole should be enlarged slightly to better represent the correct size.
The left side carriage also has additional items added on the inside and outside without any problems and the assembled gun/gun carriage is trapped between the two sides as these are attached to the base unit. The intricate sight assembly is attached to the left carriage along with the gun cradle elevation linkage arm.
The gun and the sight assembles can be attached at any desired elevation angle but due to the elevation linkage arm being glued in place you can’t alter the elevation after assembly and so must decide the appropriate elevation beforehand. It is possible to make the linkage arm movable with a little work to allow the gun and sight to freely elevate in unison if you wish by adding pins to the sight mounting and arm attachment points.
The front plate (part A15) will need to be trimmed on the inside right side to fit flush against the carriage panel but other than this the fit is good overall.
The large front travel lock can be fitted in the raised action position or lowered into the fixed travel position with a securing small pin provided, you have to cut off the actual pin shaft for the travel position but you could drill out the bracket on the lock to take the full pin if you wanted to be able to change the lock position at any time?
As mentioned the shields are not included but will probably come with the inevitable aftermarket etched set for the kit.
Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front 1940
There were only a few minor fit issues encountered with plenty of scope for additional detailing as with any kit and also to make the gun elevation workable if required? The fixed turntable not allowing traverse is a disappointment and limits the presentation potential considerably.
Notwithstanding this is a welcome release if a little basic without the shields or trailer and is an advance over the old ESCI kit which is no longer available anyway.
|Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1t
(Sd.kfz.10) Ausf.A and B and Variants
Panzer Tracts No.22-1
|FlaK 30 & 38
Wings & Wheels Publications R 061