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LionRoar 1/35 scale Zündapp KS750 with sidecar

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Kit: No. L3508
Scale: 1/35
Manufacturer: LionRoar, from Dragon Models USA, 626-968-0322,
Price: $34.95
Comments: Injection-molded, 208 parts (24 photoetched-metal), decals
Pros: Photoetched-metal wheel spokes; great-looking machine gun; trailer included
Cons: Tiny, delicate parts; pin marks; difficult directions
Issue published: April 2009
If you're looking for a quick build, this is the wrong box: LionRoar's Zündapp comprises more than 200 parts with a full sheet of photoetched metal, separate photoetched-metal wheel rims, seat springs, and a sheet of decals - plus parts for a sidecar and trailer.

The first of 12 steps builds the motor. I had trouble repairing ejector-pin marks where the motor's head halves meet, as the parts are so small. Instructions are complex but the results are spectacular, especially the photoetched-metal ignition wires.

On the other hand, the wheels couldn't have been easier - and the photoetched-metal spokes are amazing.

The front forks are difficult to get straight; I waited for the glue to set up a little, then lined up the forks and added the front fender and wheel.
Instructions for the frame are hard to follow. I assembled the frame first, added the photoetched-metal motor mount, then slid the motor into place and glued it. Scads of tiny photoetched-metal pieces are added in this step, mainly linkage and levers added to the motor; I broke off a couple when I mounted the motor and the carpet ate them. Better to place the motor before adding these parts.

Next came the gas tank and shifter; double-check the picture so the shifter is bent correctly.

Placing the rear seat on the fender is a little tricky; I dry-fitted the fender to the model, then marked the spot where I was going to add the seat. The linkage also is added at this step; again, test-fit to verify placement.

The last step for the motorcycle is adding the front fork to the frame. Ensure you have the front fork straight so the front wheel is flat on the ground, and check the angle to be sure the fender clears the frame.

Also in this step, the springs under the seat were a bit long. But I just trimmed both springs a little, and they look great.

I was glad the sidecar was simpler, with fewer tiny parts and no fit problems; no filler was needed. A spare tire on the back, plus a stowed jerry can and shovel, give the model depth, and the MG42 machine gun lends a serious air to the bike.

You can choose two different trailers. Take care to face their framing in the right directions, and take time to align the wheels before gluing them.

I found it best to paint each part and subassembly as it was added - it would have been impossible to mask after the model was complete. I chose the schwarzgrau (Panzer gray) scheme. The decals were fantastic, hunkered down with just a thin coat of Micro Sol, and were impressively opaque.

I spent 30 hours to complete this model - more than I expected. With all its tiny parts, this kit's not for beginners. But if you have armor-building experience, you should have no problem turning out a decent-looking Zündapp.

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