Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D
Vol.2 Fenders
ABER 1:35 Set #35 204
Review by Terry Ashley

AFV Club
This second update set can be used on any of the AFV Club Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D kits; (kit #AF35063 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D, #AF35068 Sd.Kfz.251/9 Ausf.D Kanonenwagon, #AF35082 Sd.Kfz.251/21 Ausf.D "Drilling" and #AF35083 Sd.Kfz.251/22 Ausf.D).

The set has one small etched fret for the fender parts with crisp clean etchings and the usual engraved bending lines to help with the bending processes. As well as the fender sections there are many small bolt/rivet heads to add to the fenders after they are bent to shape. Using any of the available etched bending tools will help and soldering skills will come in handy during assembly.

Also included is a resin exhaust muffler and exhaust pipes that simply replace the kit parts and these are cleanly cast with just the usual small casting blocks to be removed with additional small etched brackets to attach to the fenders.

The etched fenders are a straight replacement for the kit fenders and include the correct profile for the side lip as well as the separate underside joining strips between the fender segments and for the hull attachment fillets.

Adding the many bolt heads is made easier with holes in the fenders corresponding to the bolt location and while attaching these will be a little tedious they shouldn't pose any problems using thin cyanoacrylate.

The instructions are the usual ABER exploded view drawings which are easy to follow as the assembly sequences here are not that challenging.

Download the instructions in .pdf format from the ABER Website.

This is a simple update set for the 251 fenders that will add good definition to the fenders and will also allow you to incorporate damage if you wish with the resin muffler as a bonus.

Highly recommended.
Etched parts

ABER will be releasing 8 sets altogether for the AFV Club Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D and additional reviews will be posted as these sets become available.

They are:
Set #35 203 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.1 Basic Set
Set #35 204 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.2 Fenders (this set)
Set #35 205 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.3 Side Stowage boxes
Set #35 206 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.4 Front armour with vision ports & back doors
Set #35 207 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.5 Upper armour standard
Set #35 208 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.6 Floor
Set #35 209 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.7 Back seats& boxes
Set #35 210 Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D Vol.8 Upper armour late

Thanks to ABER for the sample set.
AirconnectionAir Connection carry the full range of ABER update and barrels sets.

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