As you probably already know the Flakpanzer-I was created as a marriage between the Pz.kpfw. I Ausf A chassis and hull and a 2cm anti-aircraft gun Flak 38. Only 24 vehicles of this type were built. Some sources say that the conversion of the Pz.kpfw I Ausf. A chassis was done in Stoewe works, while others say it was completed in Alkett but I am not going to solve this question here, not this time. All of the Flakpanzer-I’s were sent to the 614 Flak Abteilung starting in May 1941 with their career ending during the Stalingrad battle, where all Flakpanzer-I’s were lost in combat or abandoned by their crews.
The kit contains the following breakdown of parts:
15 sprues of plastic (including one clear) plus a separate hull
192x separate track links (Magic Tracks)
1 decal sheet
4 PE frets plus 2 separate parts for waste shells bin (already formed to shape) plus 16 wheel rims
The instruction sheet provides painting schemes for five options: four from the Flak.Abt 614, including one winter scheme and one two tone. The fifth scheme is a pure panzer grey without any individual markings described as “unidentified unit, 1942”
Well, it's not easy to review something already reviewed by Bill Plunk and Jim Rae, two great and very talented modelers who are knowledgeable on this subject… Bill has reviewed the Pz.kpfw. I Ausf. A Smart Kit model (No. 6356)
And Jim took a look at the Flakpanzer I kit (No. 6220)
These two models are the bases for the kit which I have in my hands. I don't want to take any shortcuts and simply copy-and-paste the links to their reviews, but I can hardly write something new and revealing. Let me just write a few words about the differences I have found in my kit in comparison to the models mentioned above. I spent some time on comparing the sprues of my model with the pictures made by Jim and found some difference in the sprues layout: there is an additional wire cutter added to sprue H which I can not see on the Jim’s picture. To this Premium Kit Dragon has given us few additional sprues. One of them is sprue “K” which has the side boards and covers for the alternative trailer which can be build either as a trailer with the field base for the Flak gun and small tool/ammo box or as a big storage box shown on the box art (newly tooled). The second new sprue is the J-sprues (do you remember Agent J and Agent K fighting with the aliens on the cinema screen?) with some extra tools: shovels, crank, axe, wire cutters. Sprue L includes newly tooled road wheels which are also new. Some modelers on the net are pointing out a few other changes of some parts, but it is hard for me to judge if they are right or wrong. Another difference between the standard and premium kit is the painting scheme for the vehicle with the number “2” on the side. The separate track links molded on two sprues in the “basic” kit have been changed to the Magic Tracks. That's something I do not mind and I doubt if anyone else will. Dragon has given to us some more detailing parts. There are two more PE frets: MB (buckles), MD (chain&boxes) and a bag with the road wheel rims (just the same as given to the Bills' Pz.kpfw.I Ausf.A kit).
OK, STOP! It's too sweet! Is it possible that Dragon has made such a good model, giving us almost everything that a modeler needs? Not yet, because there are still a few tiny points left where we can gripe. One of them was my decal sheet which was obviously damaged while printing. Because this was done by the wrong mixture of pigments check what's inside your boxes before paying. Next thing is that the PE-frets are described in the instructions in a somewhat strange way: the fret with inscription “MB-OVB-Buckle” is described as “ME” and the rims for the wheels as “MB”. Not hard to make out which is which but slightly confusing and shouldn't happen with Dragon. One thing I really miss in the kit is a turned barrel or at least metal flash suppressor. And that's it, end of griping.
In my opinion it is simply a great kit. It is also a bit more expensive than the “standard” kit but definitely sure worth the few extra dollars (about 5$ more). If you want to have a perfect model on the shelf you will have to change the plastic barrel into metal, but I do not see any more things that really need improving. Highly recommended to everyone.
These are the items already reviewed on Armorama which can be used with the kit reviewed above.
Griffon 2cm FlaK 38 Barrel by Bill Cross
ABER 2cm Barrels for Flakvierling 38 by Vinnie Branigan
DML 2cm Flak 38 mit Sd.Ah.51 by Vinnie Branigan
DML 2cm Flak Crew built review by Rudi Richardson
Also here is a list of Upgrade sets for the Flakpanzer I:
Lion Roar: LAS35005 – Flakpanzer I, "full option”, PE
Lion Roar LAS35007 - 2cm Flak 38 and trailer, PE
Voyager Model - JO35012 , Flakpanzer I, (dedicated for DML kit 6220 - the one from Jim's review) "full option”, PE
Voyager Model 35111 -2cm Flak 38 and trailer, PE
Eduard 35876 – 2cm Flak 38 and trailer from DML, PE
Eduard 35929 – 2cm Flak 38 and trailer from DML, PE
Aber 35L003 – turned barrel for 2 cm Flak 38 plus five PE parts for ammo magazine
Lion Marc LM10025 - barrel for 2cm Flak 38
RB 35B36 – barrel for 2cm Flak 38 L/65
RB 35B66 - 2cm FlaK 38 L/50