When I learned this kit was coming I was pretty excited. I had long
contemplated the MPM 1/15 scale version, but it is a lot of cash to part
with. So for £49.99, this model seemed a real bargain. I feel that 1/16
scale is a perfect scale for Armoured cars and vehicles like the
Schwimmwagen, as they become quite an impressive centrepiece when
When I first received the kit I looked excitedly in the box, I found
it very well moulded and with some etched parts included for detail as
well as some impressive tyres with inner tubes. I was anxious to get
underway. As I looked closely I found that there were no locator pins
and that this was going to be a bit more work than, for instance, a
Item & description
ED6106 Schwimmwagen VW
Media and Contents
7 tan and 1 clear plastic sprue,
I photo etched fret rubber tyres and masks.
£49.95 available from
A large scale injection moulded
kit of an interesting subject
Not the easiest kit to get
As I merrily went along I was encouraged to find that, in general,
the fit of parts was very good and needed little work, but there were
points where the fit proved problematic. The largest hurdle I found with
the assembly was the seam that ran along the interior of the shell where
the top and bottom meet, and this took several tries with several
fillers to fix, and at the end of it I was not completely satisfied and
have to confess to hoping that it wouldn't be too noticeable on the
There was a few bad spots during the rest of the build, but to be
honest and fair they really aren't anything that a modestly skilled
modeller could easily overcome.
The tyres provided are worth mentioning as they are simply superb.
They are very well rendered and with their inner tube, they look very
convincing on the finished model.
As is my usual practise, the model was painted using Xtracolor German
armour colours, which having been matched to actual Bundesarchiv chips
are the most accurate colours you can get. If you have used Xtracolor
before you will know how well they spray. If you haven't, then I suggest
giving them a go.
With the camouflage pattern on, a coat of gloss acrylic is applied,
the decals added, and the Raw Umber wash can be applied. I prefer to use
Winsor and Newton's artists oils for this as they don't react at all
with the acrylic varnish protecting the paint underneath. This then
receives a coat of matte varnish and the rest of the weathering can be
completed. I use CMK Stardust weathering pigments as they are pretty
versatile and have a very convincing finish.
The pigments came in handy as well, when it came to applying the mud
to the vehicle as it was added to the mixture of Garden mud and white
glue, for colour.
To achieve the “spattered” look I simply flicked a paint brush dipped
in a diluted mixture of the “mud” against my finger, working hard to
keep at a convincing angle.
Despite the few drawbacks to this kit, I would recommend it to
anyone, as it does build up to a superb looking model. I think Eduard
should be commended for tackling this subject, since Tamiya left it
alone even after releasing the two versions of the Kubelwagen. I would
buy another large scale release from Eduard, knowing what to expect, and
hopefully they will keep releasing subjects in this scale, learning from
the feedback from each one, and improving with each successive release.
Much like they have done with their aircraft.
Xtracolor paints are available from the
Hannants web site although
shipping restrictions mean it is best to wait until you need to order a
kit to get them.
X801 Signal Braun
CMK weathering pigments are also available from Hannants although once
again there may be a more local stockist to you.
CMKSD05 Dark Earth
CMKSD08 Light Earth
Winsor and Newton's Oil paints are available from art and stationary
shops and I have provided a link to a UK based discount mail order
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