Building the sFH 18 Howitzer Dragon #6392 1/35 scale

by Patricio Delfosse © 2009 Modeler Site

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The 15 cm Schwere Feldhaubitze 18 or sFH 18 (German: "heavy field howitzer, model 18") was the basic German division-level heavy howitzer during the Second World War. Until now to accomplish this model, you could only find resin or metal kits among the available brands. My intention was to assemble this sFH18 in combat mode without limber. Let’s see which surprises this kit will bring…


Precision Models Ref.#35001

High quality resin kit typical of the brand. Kit Instructions are a bit difficult to follow, the molding is very good with nearly no flashes. The best choice apart form the plastic kits, of course.


Verlinden Ref.#1093

Standard quality resin kit, not so good as the one from Presicion Models especially regarding the fit of parts.



A full multimedia metal kit, high quality for its time but not in accordance to the standards of today’s kits. Recommendable just for collectors



Trumpeter also have this Gun in their catalogue (Ref.#2304). It was released at the same time of Dragon’s, but straight from the box it does not seem better than the Dragon’s option.

Precision models



Upon opening the box, we find finely molded parts, a small etched fret and different ammunitions, suitable if you are going to make a diorama.

During the assembly, I found several serious errors in the instructions, others not so, but all of them were equally were annoying.

I recommend to correct the instructions following the appendix below. To make the corrections before starting is a good way to begin the assembly without problems.


Step 1


I started with the assembly and found that there are lots of small parts So this will be a slow and complicated assembly.

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