Revell recently released this lovely Luchs (Lynx in German), a small PzKpfw II based light reconnaissance tank used by the German Wehrmacht during World War II. Armed with a 20 mm autocannon and 7.92 mm machine gun and fitted with FuG 12 and FuG Spr radios.
The Luchs was also known as the Sd.Kfz. 123 or VK1303 and was developed as the last variant of the Pz.Kpfw. II series. Development started in April 1939 by MAN and Daimler-Benz. MAN was tasked to work on the chassis, and Daimler-Benz was tasked to developer the upper hull and turret. The first prototype was delivered three years later in April 1942 and production started in August of 1942. Only about a hundred were built and these served in the Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilungen (Armored Reconnaissance Detachments) of various Panzer Divisions, both on the Eastern- and Western fronts.
This is a new kit from Revell and as such it comes in their new box with some nice artwork in the front, showing a Luchs on the battlefield, firing its gun with a bunch of burning tanks in the background. I doubt the Luchs crew did that, but it makes for a pretty picture anyway.
Inside the box we find the standard new Revell manual in full-color and with clear instructions as one would expect from Revell, a bag of sprues and a tiny decal sheet. This kit is a rebox from MACO, a manufacturer I’m not really familiar with.
The moulding of the kit is fairly good, the hull and other parts have crisp details, but some of the more intricate parts detail is a bit lacking. Overall the kit is almost flash-free, with only hints of flash in places where it will be hidden by other parts. Building starts with the lower hull which comes in three separate parts, and it looks like these will fit without too much problems. Next in line are the roadwheels, and unlike most other Pz. Kpfw. II’s, this variant has overlapping wheels, and these wheels are in a completely different style. All the wheels look nice enough. But the tracks are of the usual link-and-length style, and I feel that the tracks are a bit too soft in detail. They lack the cripyness of the details I’m used to. That doesn’t mean that the tracks are shit however, they are decent enough, although some pieces have some flash on them, especially on the smaller parts.
The turret is moulded in a few pieces, bu the gun and gunmantlet are moulded into the main part of the turret, so the gun is not movable, sadly enough. And you will need to take care to remove that part from the sprue, as the long and thin 20 mm gun is very fragile.
Color schemes and decals
The kit comes with two color schemes, a white one for the Eastern Front and a camouflaged one with the regular German Yellow, Green and Brown scheme. In the decal department there isn’t a lot of choice: a few Balkenkreuze, two sets of divisional markings and two sets of tactical numbers and that’s about it. The decals are as usual ‘Printed in Italy’ and are of good quality.
Overall this is a decent kit, but this isn’t one for the less experienced builder. Some of the parts are really fragile or fairly hard to clean up. But it looks like you’d end up with a great looking Luchs if you decide to buy and build this kit.
- Manufacturer: Revell
- Vehicle: Pz. Kpfw. II Ausführung L ‘Luchs’
- Scale: 1/72
- Kit#: 03266
- Number of sprues: 2
- Number of parts: 66
- Length: 6,5 cm.