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DML Flakpanzer IV Ausf G Wirbelwind
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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 03:09 PM UTC
Bill Plunk provides an in-box look at DML's kit #6342 Flakpanzer IV Ausf G 'Wirbelwind' Early Production.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 04:40 PM UTC
Excellent review as always Bill. Thank you. I take it from this review that the only real Am item to look out for is metal barrels mostly due to the flash suppressors.
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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 02:53 AM UTC
Bill, you continue to set the standard in Axis kit reviews.
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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 10:00 AM UTC
Darren, barrels would be the #1 thing I would recommend in the way of AM for the kit by way of correcting deficiencies of what's in the box. For those wanting to do specific G vehicles with zim, the addition of zimmerit either as DIY or using a resin set from Atak could also be considered.

Bill, much appreciated sir! Thanks for the comments.
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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:12 AM UTC
Thank you for that Bill as it does make this model desirable as it does not require a host of AM parts.
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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:37 AM UTC
I agree, I wasn't expecting that from this kit. This one's going on the wishlist for sure, thanks Bill!
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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 06:27 AM UTC
Thanks Jeremy, I'm currently in the process of building the H-hull Wirbelwind kit and so far haven't run into any major issues with it from an assembly standpoint.
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Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 04:51 PM UTC
Sweet, did I miss a build log or are you not posting it on Armorama?
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 05:22 AM UTC
Things have been extremely hectic for me with work and other considerations so I am keeping a build log of sorts on my own site if you're interested, you can see the link here: http://www.bpmodels.net/Model/Album/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=52
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 02:23 PM UTC
Great thanks Bill, I'm always interested in your builds. I'll be checking the site often
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 08:01 AM UTC
I started to work on Wirbelwind recently and I think that Panzer IV parts are superb while Flakvierling is a big worse and those barrels are really bad. I will replace them 100%! The thing is that good AM barrels are really expensive
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 10:15 PM UTC
thanks, i've enjoyed reading your review
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 04:48 AM UTC
Matan, thanks and glad to hear it!

Roman, I've got the H-variant that I've been building off-and-on for the last couple of months to the paint stage and didn't have any major issues with the Flakvierling. Other than the barrels which I agree can use upgrading to get the most out of them, I didn't see any other problems with the Flakvierling itself. You are right that at 4 barrels it can be a little pricey to upgrade depending on which barrels you choose. I selected the RB barrels from JB Model out of Austria and the price wasn't too bad. http://www.jbmodel.eu/product_info.php/products_id/81 They currently show as being Temporarily Out of Stock but they usually restock on a frequent basis. Might give them a shot since you're in Norway.

Here's how they look fitted to the kit guns as an added reference.

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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:58 AM UTC
Well, there is a large issue with parts numbers, I had to cut already glued parts out to correct it...
Regarding the barrels - I will order Lionmark, they are nearly the best and the whole set is 17 USD with delievery from Hobbyeasy.