The German Radio Car type 170VK was created on the basis of the serial car 170V of Daimler-Benz Co. The car had in its construction many technological solutions that were advanced for that time frame, such as an X-shaped frame welded from oval-shaped tubes, independent suspension on all wheels, and an engine with overhead valves. The vehicle was very reliable and very popular in all branches of the German army. The car was made in three variations: (1) scout car, (2) radio car, and (3) traveling repair shop. There were 19,075 vehicles built from 1933 to 1942.
Items in the Box
The model is made from injection molded plastic, gray in color. The plans were made up of a fold-out series of sheets, printed on both sides. The build sheet shows various versions of assembly. This build selected was with the radio installed and with the top down. Decal sheets, clear plastic glass, and soft tires were also included.
I started with the chassis buildup, running gear, drive train, and exhaust system. Next came the cab/body and its interior, steering column, shifter, brake lever, and seats. (The seats were left until last, as they were a different color). I pre-painted the interior a light gray. Next, I assembled the cab/body to the frame, also adding the engine hood, lights, and convertible mechanism. The final assembly was adding the wheels, trunk lid, seat cushions, windshield, and side doors.
Finish and Decals
I used ModelMaster grays and tans. The decals went on well. I overcoated the car with Micro-Mark rust, then overcoated that with Floquil flat finish.
The kit went together well. The kit build is for the more experienced builder, as there are many tiny and fragile parts. I wish Master Box Ltd. would number the parts on the sprues, as it would be much easier to find the detailed parts rather than referring to the parts sheet.
I would like to thank Dragon Models USA for supplying the kit and IPMS/USA for letting me review it.