ICM 1/35 Henschel 33D1 Kfz.72

KIT #: 35467
PRICE: $56.95 SRP 
DECALS: Three Options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Includes photo etch fret


Germany began to build the modern army after 1933. The important part of Wehrmacht motorization was manufacturing of three-axle 3 t trucks. The most numerous of them was Henschel 33. It was in production lines since 1934 to 1942. The modification D1 had a 6-cyl. petrol engine. All in all there were produced about 22000 Henschel 33.

Henschel 33 D1 trucks were widely used by all German arms of service in the Soviet-German front, in North Africa, Italy, France up to the end of war. Some of these trucks had special bodies installed for special purposes. One of them was  the Kfz.72 van body. These trucks were equipped with a variety of radio transmitters and receivers. They operated at mobile communications trucks.


This is another impressive boxing from our friends at ICM. Molded on six tan sprues of various sizes, the quality of the detailing is right up there with the best of them. There are a few molding marks, but nothing major. The amount of detail provided is really quite impressive. This is by no means a curbside as you get a fully detailed 10.8 liter Henschel engine with its attached transmission. The chassis is also completely detailed with full suspension. Tires are plastic, which is something many of us appreciate as it lessens the strain on the plastic chassis components.

A complete cabin is included with all of the pedals and levers in the real truck as separate items. All of the instruments are provided as decals. The cab in the only place with optional bits and that is the choice of including the side curtains or not. Actually, that isn't totally correct as one can also pose the engine cover open to show off the engine detail. The clear sprue is well done and these bits will need to be added during construction and masked prior to painting.  As a bit of an aside, it would be kind of neat if these sorts of kits would show engine wiring as well, though perhaps 1/35 is a tad small for this detail. This one replaces the standard open bed of the initial boxing with the large van shape used by these radio trucks. This includes various tools and a rear entry step. There is no interior to the back side so that will be up to various aftermarket types to come up with something to fit in there.

Instructions are superbly printed on glossy paper. ICM has chosen Model Master paints for its color references. There are two markings options, both of which are in overall panzer grey. These differ by license plates for the most part. One is from the Poland campaign in 1939 while the other is from Ukraine in September 1941


No matter how you look at it, this will make into a most impressive model. The parts count is such that it will please the detail modeler and yet offer considerable modeling pleasure to those who like to take it slowly.


Kit instructions. You'd think that a truck of which 22,000 were built would have more info available, but it seems not.

July 2012

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