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Set 31112

Kubelwagen / BMW Side Car

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1991
Contents 3 figures, 1 vehicle and 1 motorcycle
Poses 3 poses
Material Plastic (Very Hard)
Colours Grey
Average Height 25 mm (= 1.8 m)


The full contents of this set consists of a Kubelwagen (with a driver figure not illustrated) as well as the motorcycle and figures shown, but for our purposes we will only concentrate on the figures and bike.

The bike is the BMW R75, a reliable workhorse of the German army during the 39-45 war, which was usually fitted with a sidecar, as on this model. This vehicle has also been made by Armourfast in soft plastic, but as might be expected this multi-part hard plastic kit is a superior model. The detail is much clearer and the size and proportions are much better. The down side is it takes a lot longer to put together than the Armourfast, and you only get one bike per box, so each has its own strengths.

The rider comes in four parts, and is not a good effort. His clothing and helmet fall well short of acceptable accuracy standards and detail is both sparse and shallow. He fits his machine adequately well, but the lack of a pillion or sidecar rider is an opportunity missed. The standing officer is no better, with separate arms that are hard to attach and make it all too obvious that he is put together rather than one single piece.

Kits with extra figures such as this can be an interesting source for diorama-builders and perhaps even wargamers. However in this case a decent bike model is not accompanied by decent figures.

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