SdKfz. 7 was developed in 1934 as the Wehrmacht required an eight-tonne (7.87 tons) half-track. It was intended to be used mainly as the tractor for the 8.8 cm FlaK gun and the 15 cm sFH 18 150 mm howitzer. The vehicle could carry gun crews of up to 12 men in theatre-type seats. Under the seats was storage room for various tools, and the whole vehicle was spacious enough to carry their kit. The rear of the vehicle housed an enclosed compartment for storage of ammunition, though a second ammunition carrier was desirable.
The 8.8 cm Flak 36 was a German 88 mm anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun used in World War II. It was widely used by Germany throughout the war and although was not the largest or most powerful of the German guns, it was more mobile and had a more rapid rate of fire. It too could be accurately aimed. No Allied tanks that could withstand a direct hit from its shell.
Lets take a closer look at this kit in our BrickMania Kit Review.
BrickMania Kit Review: SdKfz 7 & Flak 36 “88” Anti-Aircraft / Anti-Tank Unit (299)
RRP: Not Stated as I got it as a used set
Contents of the Kit
The kit is packaged in a white box. The box contains the following: an instruction printout leaflet and certificate of authenticity of the kit. The kit usually has a ziplock bag of the LEGO parts required for the kit but since this is a used set, this is not shown in the picture.
Below are the custom pad printed minifigures which comes with this set. Front and back torso is pad printed. A total of 6 minifigures are included in this set.
The finished LEGO SdKfz. 7. 6 minifigures can fit into the vehicle although the vehicle has a sitting capacity of 12 men.
The LEGO SdKfz. 7 too has storage space for the 88 shells on both sides of the vehicle. The shells are a LEGO custom part from BrickArms.
Moving on to the Flak 36 “88” Anti-Aircraft gun. The below shot is with both bogies already detached and ready for transport.
Flak 36 “88” Anti-Aircraft gun deployed.
This kit took less about 3 hours to complete. The final construction of the SdKfz 7 was very sturdy however the Flak 36 “88” Anti-Aircraft gun is more fragile. The set comes with 6 custom minifigs instead of the usual 1 or 2 minifigures per set.
A premium set really, however with all BrickMania sets it should have come with a high original price tag, especially with only 100 sets released by them, it is a rare piece and a great addition to one’s WWII vehicles collection built in Lego.
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