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Customer Review

on 22 May 2014
This kit used to be made by Esci. It represents the German Hf.2 Heavy Army Field Waggon which was used in both World Wars.

Most of the kit is nicely detailed to represent the woodwork, but in two places there is a slight loss of detail compared to the older edition from Esci, presumably because of the deterioration of the mould over time. I tried to remedy this by inscribing the grain and joints with a scalpel point. The wheels are crude, very little detail, but if you feel strongly about this then you could replace them with Tamiya wheels from one of their Field Kitchen kits - they are the same size.

The kit is a pain because it doesn't fit together properly. It's not a complicated structure so it's surprising that they failed to make the sides, the back, the top and the partition compatible. Of course, you can make them fit together but it's a silly amount of work for something that ought to be so simple.

The waggon is the wrong shape. The sides (or the rear portion of the sides) should be vertical, not cambered. Although they're vertical in the picture, they're not in the actual kit.

The body of the waggon also looks too tall (especially in comparison to its length). I could be wrong but I'd estimate it's about 4mm too tall. The figures provided are much too big, but if you replace them with proper 1/35 sitting figures from Dragon, Masterbox, Hornet or Tamiya then, probably because of the waggon's excessive height, their feet don't reach the footboard.

The rear door is just flat plastic - no representation of its timber construction - totally inaccurate. You can scratchbuild a better one, but it will have to be the wrong shape in order to fit the incorrectly shaped body.

The front axle is about 2cm too far back. It should be right at the front of the waggon. Thankfully this problem is easy to fix.

You get two horses. (In reality the Hf.2 Waggon often needed four, sometimes six.) Their necks are too thin (because they are made in one piece, and the thickness of a piece of injection-moulded polystyrene is limited). Nevertheless I do quite like them. They are at least as good as the Masterbox horses in "Road to the Rear" and better than the Tamiya horses in 35103 Gulaschkanone. In particular, I think their heads are more convincing than the others. Their harnesses are moulded onto them and these are quite good too.

It puzzles me that Shep Paine is so complimentary about this kit in How to Build Dioramas. However, he wrote that a while ago and the standards you could expect from manufacturers were lower then. Also I don't think he'd seen many photos of the real thing. There's now a collection of photos at panzerarmee.com.

To completely correct the shape of the waggon would be a lot of work. It might be better to assume that it's just a slightly unusual variant of the Hf.2. Overall I'd say it's a better idea - more fun - to build Tamiya's Field Kitchen than this badly designed kit, although it would be reasonable to use these horses to tow it.

Hussar Productions make a quite nicely detailed and reasonably priced resin kit of the Hf.1 Light Field Waggon (HSR 35016). This was probably a more common vehicle than the Hf.2 near the front line, which might be a point in its favour. It's a straightforward kit but resin kits are more difficult than polystyrene ones, mainly because you need to use superglue to put them together and because the parts need a lot more cleaning up. This waggon is much smaller than the Italeri one and it doesn't come with figures, horses or a covering tarpaulin. Again, I'm dubious about the dimensions when I compare the model with the photos at Panzer Armee. It seems narrow, and the wheels although beautiful are too small. Maybe it's another unusual variant?
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