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Roden Opel 3.6-47 Omnibus
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 04:43 PM UTC
Russ Amott builds the Roden 1/72 scale Opel 3.6-47 Omnibus, an unusual but important workhorse of Germany in WWII.

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Thanks!
ltb073
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 04:50 PM UTC
Is this the bus that is used in the Clint Eastwood movie Where Eagles Dare, the red 1 with the big snow plow on it
And does anyone make 1 in 1/35
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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 02:58 AM UTC
Thanks, Russ.
My 7-year-old was very excited about the ads for this, so I bought it to build together. Based on your review, I'll plan for slow-going and care. It doesn't look like the ideal project for us, but the subject is very cool. Like you say, unusual but important.
-Sean H.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 04:49 AM UTC
James, thanks for getting this posted.

Sal, I looked at some stills from the movie. They were dark, and I think the bus is close, but a little more modern looking than the Opel. I'll have to watch the movie now to see better. As for kits in 1/35, the link in the review includes some models. All are either scratch builds or aftermarket. I'm really hoping someone comes out with a 1/35 version. Cyberhobby has released the very nice Opel Blitz, and it is both German and an off topic, so they could do one, or ICM maybe.

Sean, I tried this with my son and model buddy, Andrew. Parts fit and lack of specific placement of parts put him off. We are currently building the Sd.Kfz.4/1 munitionsschlepper, also from Roden. Still has lots of tiny parts, but it goes together easily and fit is great.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 04:57 AM UTC
Russ,

A most concise and informative review. However, and unfortunately, this isn't the first manufacturer to be providing the builder with faulty, vague and/or inaccurate instructions lately. I certainly hope that this isn't going to become a trend! While a truly interesting subject but building small scale is challenging enough without having to deal with more problems.

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 05:09 AM UTC
please inject this kit in 1 / 35
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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 05:44 PM UTC
Greetings Russ,

Roden has the url and may post sopme of your images on their website.

Also if you want this in 1/35 send emails to Roden.
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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 07:06 AM UTC
Thanks, Stephen. I will get send the e-mail now.
JackFlash
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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 09:10 AM UTC

I now have the Roden 1:72 Opel 3.6-47 Omnibus Staffwagen that I'll be giving over to Armorama for review.
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 04:33 PM UTC
I now have also the Roden 1:72 Opel 3.6-47 Omnibus W39 Late WWII service, kit # 726.



Opel 3.6-47 Blitz Omnibus, 1nd Panzer Division, Ukraine, November 1943.
Opel 3.6-47 Blitz Omnibus, Propaganda Vehicle, captured by Red Army, 1nd Ukrainian Front, summer 1944.
Opel 3.6-47 Blitz Omnibus, 2nd Panzer Regiment, 16th Panzer Division of the 10th German Army, Salerno, Italy, September 1943.

I am looking for someone to do a kit review & blog.