The announcement of this kit was received with enthusiasm by many modelers in 1/72 scale, as a decent Panzer II was eagerly waited. S-Model delivers a very nice quick-build version, with an excellent moulding quality, but also with few shortcomings.
The good news is there are in fact two kits in the box, packed in two identical bags.
And there’s even more: the box includes a small PE fret (exhaust cover and a plate for identification number) and two turned brass gun barrels to replace the plastic ones, which are also very detailed. Besides that, S-Models included two MG34 with tripods (I don’t know why, but a welcomed addition for a diorama).
I started the construction with the intention to build it out of the box. For those who want to add a few extra details, there are some things to consider: the lifting hooks on the front are missing, there is no horn, and also the towing pintle is missing. The tracks, though very well engineered (they come together as a single piece with the road wheels), are lacking in details as compared to the rest of the kit. There is also a very annoying seam line on the face of the tracks. The hatches on the turret can be represented both opened or closed (there are parts for both options). No interior detail, though. I drilled the headlights and the exhaust, and probably I will add other details later.
In conclusion, this is a very fine kit, which can be built into a good model with minimum effort, with plenty of details.
See the finished model here.