German BMW R75 Motorcycle Combination

Hasegawa 1:72 Scale Vehicle Review

German BMW R75 Motorcycle Combination, 1:72 Model Kit Hasegawa MT12

The picture shows the BMW R75 motorcycle with sidecar, painted RAL 7021 Schwarzgrau, using Tamiya XF63 with 30% white added. The rider is dressed in the early war temperate uniform with closed collar, which may be worn in perfect weather. Motorcyclists typically wore the rubberized overcoat which was much more practical on campaign. The man should be wearing goggles which were standard issue for motorcycle riders and other motorized troops. The figure might be detailed further by adding an MP40 submachine gun, a map case, and other items of equipment a veteran campaigner would not leave camp without.

Contents

  • Kübelwagen with Driver
  • BMW R75 Motorcycle with Rider
  • Officer holding Map

Evaluation

Excellent choice of subject. The BMW R75 with sidecar was a standard military motorcycle combination seen in many fotos and movies.

Scale model with acceptable detail.

Easy to build, only 16 parts.

Compatible with ESCI, Hasegawa, Revell, and Reviresco.

The BMW emblem on the fuel tank is too large, but this makes it easier to paint.

The rider does not fit the motorcycle very well, he appears to be rather stiff. One arm is noticeably shorter than the other.

The rider is not wearing the typical rubberized overcoat issued to motorcycle troops, and he carries no personal weapon or equipment on his body.

The helmet is cast incorrectly, without a proper brim.

There is no passenger for the sidecar.

The sidecar should have metal storage containers on either side, but only one canvas bag is provided in the kit.

The tires are modelled without tread.

The Hasegawa model of the BMW R75 with sidecar is a quick and easy kit for simulation gamers. Expert modellers may want to replace motorcycle rider with a more accurate figure wearing proper motorcyclist gear.

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