COBI 2548 – Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind – Speed Build Review

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The basis of this model is the current Panzer IV from COBI, but it is a rather unusual variant of this tank with a focus on air defense.

Manufacturer: COBI
Set-Number: 2548
Theme: Military
Release: 2021
Parts: 590
Figures: 2
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 3 Hours

Instructions

2 construction sections with a total of 68 construction steps are waiting for the assembly. The 590 included components can be viewed in the parts list at the end of the instructions. A tabletop card to cut out is also included. The instructions does not offer any surprises. As usual, only new components are shown in color and the rest are grayed out.

Construction

Here we can finally start again with a large 8×16 plate. Additional plates as well as large bricks are placed on top of these. So classic building blocks are used. After 2 layers, the front and rear are built in separate construction steps and then the hull is completely covered with additional plates.

For some time now, COBI has stopped using simple molded parts for the engines. Instead, these are built entirely from bricks. This not only provides additional building fun, but also looks a lot nicer. In the next few steps, part of the hull is covered and small details in the form of tools are used.

After 2 covers for the engine compartment have been built, the rest of the hull is also covered with tiles. In the next few steps we will attach 8 gears and 32 castors to the bottom of the hull. The chains are then put on, which also run very well on smooth surfaces. No pressure is required and all you have to do is push the tank.

The whirlwind also gets a turret, even if it differs significantly from the classic turret. Since we build an anti-aircraft tank, an open version with a quadruple gun is used. The armor of the turret is built using interesting construction techniques. The two sides consist of 3 parts each, which are connected by hinges. As a result, they nestle completely against the base of the tower. The gun is built separately from numerous small parts and then placed in the turret. In the last step, the turret is only placed on the hull and the two figures are put together.

Conclusion:

The Wirbelwind surprised me in a positive way. It’s much more stable than I expected. The tower in particular is very stable, although the entire cladding is only held by 3 studs. Overall, a really great model that I don’t regret buying.

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