Mörser Karl-Gerät 040/041
on railway transport carrier
Trumpeter 1:35 Scale Kit No. 00208
First Look Review by Terry Ashley
The kit is basically the same as kit #00209 with a new lower hull and suspension parts to represent the initial version and my comments in the first review also apply here for the Mörser and rail transports so I will just concentrate on the new suspension parts.
As mentioned the lower hull is redesigned to incorporate the location points for the early suspension which is quite detailed and complex as per the original.
Each external torsion bar support box is made up of six parts each and as there are sixteen units gives you an idea of the number of parts in this suspension along with two suspension arms for each double rubber tyred road wheel assembly which are supported by the characteristic full length suspension bar and eight double return rollers.
The new drive sprockets have the correct 17 teeth compared to the 12 teeth
in the later sprocket while still including the superb inner sprocket detail
if you want to leave the outer cover off to show this off.
The idler wheels are also the correct design for the early suspension and the full length support bar has separate upper and lower sections that incorporate good bolt head details and the whole assembly conveys the same complex feel as the original and it easy to see why the suspension was redesigned for the remaining five Karls.
The suspension can be assembled in the raised or lowered position by repositioning the road wheels to give the same options as the first Karl kit.
To finish off the excellent attention to detail shown in the suspension parts is the new track while still full length vinyl has the correct 133 links per track compared to the 94 links in the later track and also don’t have the hole in the guide tooth which is again correct for this early track.
To illustrate the complexity of the early suspension there are seven pages in the instructions devoted to the suspension while in the first kit there were just three pages.
While the kit still includes both the 60cm and 54cm barrels it should be noted that only Geraet Nr.I was converted to mount the 54cm barrel while Nr.II retained the 60cm barrel throughout its life.
See the Mörser Karl-Gerät Subjects listings for reviews of additional update sets available for the Mörser Karl-Gerät kits.
Big Brother Karl-Geraet (60 & 54cm)"
by Thomas L. Jentz
AFV Modeller Magazine
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Schiffer Military History Vol.39
|Allied & Axis No.9
Thanks to my credit card and for the review kit.