I reviewed Warlord’s plastic Hanomag kit a little while ago, but now I’ve got a friend for it. This is a resin kit from Die Waffenkammer, a Canadian manufacturer that I’d heard people saying nice things about. So is the kit any good? Well, I’ve got mixed opinions, read on to find out…
I’m going to start with what I don’t like about it, so that we can end on a positive note.
The word on the street was that the detail on Die Waffenkammer’s kits was great. To be fair, I found that’s mostly true, but the quality of this casting was iffy in places
Worst offenders were the wheels; they’re lumpy and misshapen. I actually had a look online to see if anyone was doing something close to 1/56th I could replace them with, but couldn’t find anything. That’s something I still might do as I’m not happy with them, although the nice thing about wheels is you can slap mud on them to conceal defects.
The crew figures and stowage are also not good, which seems a bit of a theme with Die Waffenkammer. The crew is resin, and not great sculpts. It’s great that DW include crew and stowage, but I found myself rummaging through my stowage collection to find better looking stuff. The crew also had some large defects, from big mould lines to actual holes. The extra machine guns are also pretty rough, I didn’t use them.
The crew don’t fit that well into the vehicle. I had to shave bits off the driver’s legs and head to get him in. The seated bloke doesn’t fit in the seat without adjustment, and the machine gunner needs a bit of a wiggle to get fitted and ends up pointing slightly off-centre. If you want him firing straight ahead you’ll need to cut bits off his feet.
You won’t get any transfers in the kit, so make sure you’ve got spares. Hanomags have number plates front and rear, and I reckon little touches like that make a difference.
Once you’ve cleaned up the flaws it’s a nice little model. The level of interior detail is head and shoulders above what you’d normally get on a wargaming kit. The dashboard has all the instruments and the drivers’ personal weapons. The roof above all this is cast as a separate piece so you can actually get in to paint all the detail.
The rear doors come as a separate piece too, I suppose if you wanted you could saw it in half and model it with the doors open. The inside of the doors has all the detail of the complicated hinge mechanism. Exterior panel lines are sharp, which is not always the case for Warlord resin. It also lacks the rivets of the Warlord plastic kit, as far as I can tell there were both riveted and welded versions so both are fine.
The price is good too. This kit cost me CAD $34 including shipping, which is about £18. That’s the same sticker price as the plastic kits from Warlord or Rubicon, if you factor in postage they’ll be more expensive and you’ve got all the faff of building the plastic kit.
I use a Halfords plastic primer to undercoat my resin models, don’t forget to do the crew too. My basecoat is a Bolt Action dunkelgelb spray with Army Painter strong tone ink washed over it. You have to watch the latter on large flat areas as it can coat unevenly. Wash it on, then leave it for a bit and go back with a wet brush and even it out. It can look a bit rough until you drybrush liberally (I use Vallejo Middlestone) and that ties it all together. You can also go back and smooth out any ugly bits with a thin Middlestone glaze; I had to do a couple of spots on the bonnet.
Would I buy another Die Waffenkammer kit? Probably. I’d get crew miniatures elsewhere, which might negate the price advantage. I’d also buy from a UK supplier like Great Escape Games and not direct from JTFM Enterprises in Canada, as I had a hell of a time with postage (long story). I’m quite intrigued to get a big solid tank off them and see how good it is, as it seems to be the accessories that let Die Waffenkammer down, while the actual vehicles are pretty good.