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Panhard 178 AMD-35
Panhard 178 AMD-35 World War 2 French Armoured Vehicle
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by: Adie Roberts [ IN_WAR_AND_PEACE ]

Introduction

ICM really are producing some nice kits to be honest and this is one that has surprised me. A brief history;
In December 1931, the French Cavalry conceived a plan for the future production of armoured fighting vehicles. One of the classes foreseen was that of an Automitrailleuse de Découverte or AMD, a specialised long range reconnaissance vehicle. The specifications were formulated on 22 December 1931, changed on 18 November 1932 and approved on 9 December 1932. The final assembly and painting of the armoured cars took place in the Panhard & Levassor factory at the Avenue D'Irvy in the 13th arrondissment of Paris. The first nineteen vehicles were delivered in April 1937 and taken into service by 6e Cuirassiers. At the outbreak of the Second World War 218 vehicles were fielded with eleven squadrons.

Contents

The box art is nice and the box itself is very sturdy which seems to be the way with ICM. The contents breakdown as follows;
Four sprue's in sandy brown colour
One rubber sprue with four tyres
One decal sheet
One Instruction booklet

Review

First Impressions
On opening the box were overall good the level of detail in the mouldings looked very nice, moulded black rubber tyres with nice tread on them. The booklet looks really good and easy to follow. The Injector pin marks although on the underside, were on some of the parts very deep and would require some work to make them acceptable, some stress marks to the mouldings where it has some of the detail.

Exterior
Now I have to say that the body panels have some really nice detail on them, and raised rivets, the spring leaf suspension is crisp in detail. Some great detailing on some external vents, possibly making it a little too deep but still good. The turret again has some really nice detail with rivets and nice raised area for mounting armourment, plus a good crisp hatch hole.

Most of the injector marks are confined to the inside but you will have to do some work on them if you want to have the hatches open. The kit comes with some nice looking accessories like tools to be placed on the exterior a wing mirror, though this is quite thin and would require some careful removal from the sprue. All in all the whole exterior looks really good. There is also a great level of detail around the wheels with drive shafts and wheel hubs some of the detail will be lost in the construction of the kit.

Interior
The detail on the interior looks very good, though unless you leave some of the hatches or doors open you would not be able to see it properly. The driving position or dual drive as manned by a driver who had full control of the vehicle with an eight speed gear box, this is recreated internally with some nice detail. Should they get into any trouble in front of them then it could be switched to the assistant driver/radio operator, he could then drive away from any immediate danger using his four speed gear box; again this is also reproduced with steering wheel gears and foot pedals. The rest of the interior has some really nice detail including armour and machine gun drums. The engine also has some great detail, but unless you are going to cut a hole in the panel, which could be done quite easily will be impossible to see. The next bit that grabbed me was the huge fan with great detail opposite that and slightly higher than the fan was the exhaust outlet the exhaust itself has good detail on it and gives someone who loves the weathering lots of different options. The detail on the floor is nice with good rivet detail. The whole interior is very impressive even the hatches and doors internally have their own nice detail on them. When building planes I love to include wire details and weather floor pans nicely but this kit has it pretty much covered I would add some wire detail maybe slight improvement to the engine but all in all it does look really nice straight out of the box.

Instructions
I have to say that ICM have surprised me with the level of detail they have produced with their instruction books it is very clear to follow with a good level of detail on the step by step printed instructions. Starting from 1 with the internal floor being connected to the chassis up to number 56 with the last panel being applied to the back of the upper hull near to the turret it is all very clear. Showing you the level of detail of the interior from 1 to 19 is practically all the interior with the rest being the hull sides and turret which again has some great detail

Decals
I found the decals to be very colourful and without any floors that I found.
ICM have provided markings for two options;
1. 1st Platoon 6th CUIR, 1st DLM, France, Spring 1940
Colour options lists Model Master paints
1749 Flat Black
1764 European Green
1710 Dark Green
1701 Military Brown

2. 3rd Platoon, 8th CUIR, 2nd DLM, France, Spring 1940
1749 Flat Black
1764 European Green
1764 Dark Green

Conclusion

This is the third ICM kit that I have reviewed now and I have to say that overall they are really good. This is the first piece of armour that I have been lucky enough to review and I am very impressed with it. The detail is not perfect but is very good, the amount of detail in the interior really is very good as is the amount of thought gone into it. I think this model will inspire some modellers to expose the interior in some way, this could be the hatches and doors being left open or of course cutting away some of the hull to expose the detail.

It looks like it will be a good fit, I did try two separate pieces and have to say there was no issues with those, but some of the pieces are quite small and fragile. Take also into account the R.R.P of £20.99, I recommend this kit to anyone interested in world war 2 or French light armour. I also hope that ICM carry on bringing out these kits that are not only nicely moulded but are great value for money.
SUMMARY
Highs: The level of detail in this kit has to be one of the highs, especially with the detail in the interior and the price tag. This has to be a low price for good quality.
Lows: Some parts do look fiddly and will require some work. There is a bit of flash on the mouldings that will need to be worked on and if you are going to open up the interior there are some injector marks will need to be filled though nothing major.
Verdict: Anyone into World War 2 armour, particularly the early campaigns or just into French armour should look at buying this kit. ICM is producing nice kits and still managing to keep their prices down. Good looking kit for the money.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35373
  PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2015
  NATIONALITY: France
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.82%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.66%

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About Adie Roberts (In_War_and_Peace)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I am disabled after a terrorist bomb I have in the past made models for TV and film and work with local museums making new models for display. I also take on commission builds for people

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Comments

Now that I just completed the Azimut resin AML 90 in 1/35 (no paint yet), watch ICM come out with one...lol. Happens every time!
NOV 01, 2015 - 07:56 PM
I humbly wish to pick a few nits with this kit. While it does have some things going for it, including some interior, good detail in places, and fundamentally good fit, I had a few issues.
NOV 03, 2015 - 06:01 AM
Oops, wrong button. Issues; 1) low parts count, if that matters, 2) no clear parts so hatch and port detail reflects this, 3) no PE, and last and hardest to understand, 4) the axles did not connect to the center of the wheels (is this even possible?). So while I enjoyed the build, I don't plan on any more ICM kits, especially with what else is available.
NOV 03, 2015 - 06:04 AM
The axels on the Panhard is offcenter by design, not sure why but that is how the real vehicle was built.
NOV 03, 2015 - 08:39 AM
If you take a pair of wheels with an off center axle and roll them, the height of the axle will change. Therefore, if the axle is fixed, the amount of the wheel below the axle should change when rolled. How is this possible, especially given the other attached part of the suspension?
NOV 03, 2015 - 09:20 AM
Looking at a couple of pictures I could quickly find, the driving shaft enters the back of the hub below center and there is additional suspension mounting above center. By description alone it sounds like ICM's kit is correct. This would work (. . . supposition . . .) if the hub contained the final drive gearing. The inner face of the hub is fixed while the part the wheel and tire are attached to rotates. KL
NOV 03, 2015 - 04:27 PM
Google portal axles. Many vehicles, like Unimog and Volvo C303, use them. HTH Heinrich
NOV 03, 2015 - 04:48 PM
I remember that the old Alby kit of the Panhard had this aswell.
NOV 03, 2015 - 06:24 PM
Well, I looked up portal axles which involve reduction gear boxes, which I suspected. The first VW buses used them as well.
JAN 04, 2016 - 06:14 AM
   

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