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Kfz.15 Funkwagen
CMOT
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:19 AM UTC
Brian Messier takes a look at Italeri''s latest 1/35th scale release of the German Kfz.15 Funkwagen.

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Thanks!
bill_c
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 01:58 AM UTC
Thanks, Brian, for the review. One never quite knows what to make of these "re-releases." Are they improved or just a reboxing with some doo-dads.
JPTRR
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 02:03 AM UTC
*sigh* I am glad to see this offered but $38 for basically a 1970s re-issue? Amortization should have it below $20.
fhvn4d
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 05:35 AM UTC
Dont fret too much guys, look around , MSRP doesnt always mean thats what its being offered for.. I checked one website and found it for 28..... have no fear!
Cantstopbuyingkits
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 06:31 AM UTC

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Dont fret too much guys, look around , MSRP doesnt always mean thats what its being offered for.. I checked one website and found it for 28..... have no fear!



Whever or not online sellers will have lower prices for this kit means nothing in this discussion. Italeri should have never tried to suggest this kit is now worth £25 in the first place.
Jmarles
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 08:59 AM UTC
I don't mind this kit, the earlier version was a fun build. Italeri should have actually called the original release kfz 12, the regular staff car/ carrier version. The kfz 15 is a designation for radio and signals vehicles. It looks neat but with two Tamiya Horches, two Tamiya Steyrs, two Italeri/Bilek kfz 12s, two VWs, various kubels/schwimmwagens and two Topolinos I don't think I need anymore cars!
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:30 PM UTC

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I don't mind this kit, the earlier version was a fun build. Italeri should have actually called the original release kfz 12, the regular staff car/ carrier version. The kfz 15 is a designation for radio and signals vehicles. It looks neat but with two Tamiya Horches, two Tamiya Steyrs, two Italeri/Bilek kfz 12s, two VWs, various kubels/schwimmwagens and two Topolinos I don't think I need anymore cars!



Well, the rest of us CAN use more Civilian-cum-Military Staff Cars- Tatras & Skodas, (both in 4-wheeled and 6-wheeled configurations, a plethora of BMWs, Wanderers, Auto Unions, not to be confused with early Audis, which we could also use, Hansas and a veritable myriad of "appropriated" American, British and French cars.

Upper-crust German Army Generals Rommel, Rundstedt, Guderian, Mannstein, top Luftwaffe Generals Sperrle, Kesselring, Milch, Udet, and big-wig Kriegsmarine Admirals Raeder & Doenitz et al, and also all of the high-falutin NAZIS such as Uncle Adolf, Goering, Hess, Speer, Todt, Ribbentrop, Goebbels, Himmler, Dietrich and the rest of that gang all made use of opulent and "exotic" cars such as the gigantic Maybach Zeppelins, the larger Daimler-Benz Mercedes 500s, 500Ks, 500SKs, 540SSKs (Goering & Hess both owned 540SSKs), not to mention Horch automobiles, all of which were manufactured in Limo and Touring Car forms.

Then there is Ike's Nineteenth-Series (1941) Packard Limo, Patton's 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limo, and a host of other large American Cars- Cadillacs, Chryslers, Lincolns, and 8 & 9 Passenger Buicks, PLUS all those American Staff Cars that the lower echelon of Generals and Field Grade Officers made use of- Chevrolets, Fords, Dodges, Plymouths, and just about every other low-to-medium-priced cars of the pre-WWII era (1938-early 1942, when US Auto production came to an abrupt halt)... And if ICM can produce the Daimler-Benz Mercedes 770K and Stalin's Packard, why don't we go the whole hog with FDR's various Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard automobiles, plus his personal Ford "Phaeton", equipped with Hand Controls..? I believe Mr. Churchill was driven around in an Austin, sometimes...

AND- We could use ALL of the above in 1/24 scale, as well...
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 05:26 PM UTC
And why the tamiya's ford don't see the light as 1/35?
fhvn4d
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 07:06 PM UTC
Im working on a build review or blog ( havent decided yet) but sofar its been a very relaxing and fun build, pretty quick with little sanding. I envision this would make a cool little vignette from Battle of the Bulge ( the movie), or parked next to a Panzer, tiger, or almost any other 35th scale german piece ( this kit comes with the radio stack so its use in dioramas is almost limitless IMO)
Bizarre
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 07:35 PM UTC
well, no match to Bronco
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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 09:49 PM UTC
I'm living in Austria. Italy is literally our neighbour, as is Germany, and we're all in the EU.
I see Revell and Italeri kits on the shelves together. And the Italeri ones are notable for being expensive - 20% to 30% more than a comparable Revell.

David
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Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 12:54 AM UTC

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I wish there was a better view of the new tooled sprue...




---http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=2409&idCategoria=3&idSottocategoria=21
Bizarre
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:02 AM UTC
and here is Bronco kit


fhvn4d
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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 02:17 AM UTC
thats a nice one too