Thursday, June 28

Revell Henschel Type 33 D I in 1/35th review

Revell are on the wagon! Well on the truck anyway – the Henschel Type 33 D I truck I mean – this large transport truck – although not as well-known as the Mercedes “blitz” trucks was just as important and looks to be quite an interesting model kit – let’s have a look..

Revell Kit : 03098 Henschel Type 33 D 1 in 1/35th scale

Scale: 1/35
Sprues: 6 in tan, 1 transparent sprue
No. of parts: 324
Length: 207 mm
Decal versions for 3 vehicles.
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The German Henschel Typ(e)  33 D 1 kit from Revell is an adaption of the ICM boxed kit with heaps of potential to make it into either a radio, tanker, troop transport or just as a straight cargo transport and now Revell have adapted this kit it may be in a little bit more supply considering their worldwide reach. (no matter how small the model/toy shop they still seem to have Revell kits) so we thought we would investigate it for you.

Supplied on six sprues of tan and one sheet of clear for the transparencies this kit is a rather large model for a German truck in 1/35th scale -  This was the German version of the Blitz or Studebaker trucks used by the allies and served the same purposes as a transport and all round heavy hauler for the Germans. Well like there are several of the vehicles left of the 22,000 built before and during the war still in existence. This is a large truck (just over 20cm in 1/35th scale), it is six wheeled and has three tonnes carrying capacity so we think this interesting looking truck will look great in a potential German diorama.

First of all let’s look at the plastic on hand. It is in pretty good shape actually! There is evidence of the kit’s origins in the “ICM” on several of the sprues, Revell has boxed them with just the one plastic bag but in this case pretty tightly wrapped so there isn’t so much scratching going on in transit. I am glad mine arrived unscarred though so if it works…This is a thing they have been needing to pay more attention to so I am glad for that.
There are a few injection points on the wooden cargo decks which would have been a bit of a pain to eradicate but luckily for us the marks are on the undersides and the inside tray of the vehicle. There isn’t a wood grain on the timber but maybe this is a good thing because the surface detail could have to have been damaged if there was so maybe that was a blessing in disguise.
The coloured sprues in the box

This is a bit of a recurring theme on this kit actually; all of the ejector pins, while they are there seem to be hidden so well done to the injection moulding engineers for working this out. There is no flash on the kit to speak of and there isn’t a seam on every single piece as of these is with some companies products. You won’t have to go through shaving each part before you fit and then glue it together.
The clear transparencies on this kit are thin enough and packaged in their own wrap of plastic to shield them against any damage. They are thin and clear – what else can you ask for? Maybe the only thing I would want to see here is some type of texture on the inside of the headlamp. That is the plastic – let’s look at the build.
The instructions: Investigating them they are of the usual comic book style which must do damage to some people’s attention span, but these are a little more refrained than the last instruction set I read for the Revell Routemaster bus which was all over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast. These are pretty easy to follow so maybe someone was listening or just maybe the build is just a lot more straight forward.

Instruction examples.
The build starts with the strong base for the kit the chassis which is pretty simple and the plastic isn’t lines with flash which is often the case of long parts like these. Bolts and connectors are there for the exhaust, differential and engine which sits on the front of the chassis. There are several small parts and linkages in the chassis which look a bit fragile but with care you should prevail.

 This engine, (the reason for the D model’s elongated bonnet) is a full item but will need some detailing up because as you can see from the finished model from Revel’s site it will look rather plain otherwise - It really is just a tall block and looks unfinished even though everything is there – I would be tempted to add anything I see in a picture of the engine to it.
The radiator is excellently reproduced and will come up very nicely after some careful painting and weathering.
The running boards and the floor of the cab are rendered in treaded steel which look pretty good. A shovel and a pick are included in the kit as well to hang on the side of the cab. Included is a large tool box for the right running board which ideally could have had some added padlock detail and an interesting looking triangle diesel tank of the left rear running gear.

The cabin has the large steering wheel with small pedals and gearshift included. The seat/ bench has no detail at all - as does the interior of the doors which are bare. Whilst we are on the interior the steering wheel has the large company emblem in the centre but the small square dash board has very limited detail – lucky we have the decals to place on it. It will be pretty exposed in an open cab though.

While on the canopy there is a plastic /fabric rendition which is pretty god though many would be tempted to expose the insides or build their own cover. Likewise many people will build their own rear tarpaulin over an injected moulded one so I suppose it is better left off. You get better representation in a handmade version anyway.
There are however handles on the outside of the doors as well as many small handles and details around the vehicle these are welcome inclusions.
The 12 tyres supplied with this vehicle are regularly injection moulded and although they carry an easily removed seam down the centre this is the easiest place of which to remove this and they are not rubber or the overcomplicated sandwich design. People have had a bit about the debate of tread but really – a late war German truck would have worn anything they could have thrown at it – so I am very happy with these. The simplex rims are well rendered here as well.
This vehicle has many rails and attachment points not only on the front of the vehicle in the large “bull-bar” but also large steel members that are attached to the rear tray of the vehicle.

The small details of this vehicle that attach to the main kit like the starting handle and many of the handles, rigging and such are cheap and cheerful and work pretty well.
The front bonnet cover can be left open and could do only with the cooling vents being just that – open instead of closed. Either some cutting or painting will have to suffice here.

Decal Choices:

Decals for four vehicles are included – they are all on one sheet and include general vehicle information that is printed on the truck as well as the vehicles respective number plates and unit markings.
The decals are thin and matt and have very little carrier film on them which bodes well for application, the printing is within register and all lettering is clear and legible even though in pictures it is hard to make out the white lettering.

Vehicles from the late war are depicted:
Pi Btl.7, Rosenheim Pionier,  Kraftwagen, Kolonne 
This vehicle is coloured in the early war style German Grey with some white lettering on the rear. This vehicle is one straight colour.

3 Inf. Komp, 15 PD Deutsches, Afrika Korps
 this desert yellow coloured vehicle has the lettering stencil decals in the alternate dark colours and again is a plain vehicle with no camouflage.

3,7cm FlakAbt. Luftwaffe, 1944, 1./ Flak Reg. 47 /JG-1 Werkstatt Kompanie
This vehicle was either used in two different units or they are not sure where it is from! Three coloured camo in the standard post 1943 colour scheme this will be a popular choice with modellers.

You may think that I am a little let down with this kit  - but the answer is no – I am actually quite happy with the detail and the  moulding skill on show here. No it isn’t a 400+ piece kit with PE and resin tyres but it is selling for £20 as well and looks to go together in a day as well – which is pretty good going for a kit nowdays in a time when the “best” seems to be the more complicated

Cheap and cheerful and an interesting subject – this large truck will find it’s way onto a lot of competition tables (albeit detailed up) in the near future.

A great base to start from - i expect to see some of these on modelling tables very soon.

Adam Norenberg

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Below are some pictures from their site of the truck completed - I think an average builder could get even more out of this kit quite easily.