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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

Today, we're looking at the late-war German anti-aircraft platoon, mounted on halftracks to keep up with the mechanized forces.

AA Platoon box

The platoon consists of three vehicles with crews, in a thin cardboard box.

AA Platoon box contents

Tightly packed within – note that I ripped the box getting the contents out! – is the usual 'tub of parts' and a Unit Card in a plastic bag. The tub is divided into two compartments, one for resin parts and one for metal parts, covered with soft foam. The metal parts sometimes bounce out into the other compartment (as you can see), but usually don't get down where the resin parts are.

AA Platoon tub contents

Lots of pieces!

AA Platoon halftrack

The resin hull is modeled with the windshield in the down position, covered up for protection.

AA Platoon halftrack rear

The back of the halftrack is the platform for the AA gun.

AA Platoon gun parts

No instructions are provided with this set, so you'll need to go to the company website for assembly instructions. Above, you see the gun base and gun shield parts.

AA halftrack tracks and sides

Here you see the track pieces and the fold-down sides for the rear compartment. The assembly instructions show them folded down, but it looks like you could attach them in the 'up' position if you wanted to.

AA halftrack tracks and sides

The piece at top left is the gun mount. Gun pieces mount to each side, giving the 'quad' guns. Also shown are the front wheels of the halftrack.

AA halftrack crew

Twelve crewmen are included, in four poses.

AA halftrack crew

One figure is the driver; the other three sit on the gun.

AA halftrack platoon unit card

And don't forget the Unit Card!

While the amount of components may seem daunting, it looks like these models are straightforward to build once you clean up and straighten the parts. Highly recommended if the skies are clear!