3 Ton Half-track Sd.Kfz.11
Late Version

Lion Roar 1:35 set #LE35055
Review by Terry Ashley

AFV Club

This update set from Lion Roar is designed to be used with the AFV Club 3 Ton Half-track Sd.Kfz.11 Late Version (Kit AF35047) and consists of two etched frets, a small photo film sheet for the driver’s instruments and a length of 0.4mm copper wire plus the instruction sheet.

Quality of the etchings is excellent with Lion Roar sets now being the equal of any around today with clean crisp etching and the usual engraved bend lines to aid in assembly.

The main part of the set is the full engine hood/compartment in three parts that completely replaces the kit parts M17, W27 and W28 and as these parts are all separate in the AFV Club kit there is no additional surgery required to fit the etched parts. The forward section of the compartment is in one piece which is easily bent to shape while the hood is in two halves with preformed open 3-D intake louvers at the sides which do look impressive.

The hinges along the top of the hood can be made workable with the copper wire supplied used to bend the interleaved hinge ‘teeth’ around and even if you don’t wish to make the hinge workable will still make for a realistic looking hinge. Added to the hood are the lower T latches and fittings and grab handles and this workable hood will be just the thing if you have the Hobby Fan Sd.Kfz.11 engine set (#HF037).

The front radiator grill is also supplied and has a very nice weave effect on the etched mesh which gives a visual improvement over the flat mesh of the etched screen supplied in the AFV Club kit.

On the inside of the cab is a new instrument panel with photo film dials and  the driver’s foot pedals while on the outside are replacement door handles and windscreen framing as well as replacement windscreen wipers. The intake above the windscreen gets a new ‘flap’ and mesh for the opening to improve the look of this section.

Other parts are the securing strips for the rear cargo bay sides which require you to cut these off the kit parts plus small fittings for the sides and back of the tray.
The rear taillight gets a new face plate and framing while the headlights have replacement blackout covers.

In all this is a simple update set with the new engine compartment and radiator screen transforming the front of the vehicle with the other parts thrown in for good measure. With no major alterations required to the AFV Club kit to fit the new etched parts there shouldn’t be too many problems as the bends are all quite straightforward.

Highly recommended.

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Thanks to my credit card for the review set.

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