A new-tool 1/35 Panzer II was an unexpected release from IBG Models. It’s reviewed here by STU FONE.
Polish firm IBG Models has made its name with 1/35 scale military kits, and while it has since branched out into 1/72 air and armoured subjects (plus 1/700 ships) it remains firmly attached to the larger offerings. Its new-tool Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf a2 has taken many by surprise.
Modellers may be more familiar with later Panzer II sub-types, which had capital letters for their designations and featured five separate torsion-sprung roadwheels; the earlier series (a/1, a/2, a/3, b and c) were something of a half-way house between it and the Panzer I. IBG’s Ausf.a/2 represents one of the initial 75 vehicles produced – as such they retained the six small roadwheels from the Panzer I but mated them with a new hull (albeit shorter and narrower than later full-production versions), powerplant and turret.