Another 8-wheel reconnaissance vehicle – SdKfz 231

I somehow fell in love with the 8-wheel German reconnaissance cars, as I really enjoyed the built of the Puma, which to me is a very elegant and surprisingly modern looking vehicle. Now I embark on a more museal endeavor, and start to build the precursor, the 8-wheel Buessing NAG  reconnaissance car SdKfz 231.

The kit I am going to use is the AFV one, depicting a very early version. I also bought the Nuts & Bolts volume 35, and the reference photos show some very seasoned vehicles also during later stages of WW2, when already later versions of the SdKfz 231 where in production. I added a PE set from Voyager, and also a cheap set from Eduard. Usually I do not like Eduard PE set, but this particular one features the additional front armor plate that was introduced after the French campaign, and on almost any vehicle seen after, e. g. in Russia or North Africa.

But finally I changed my mind and will use the kit without the front armor, showcasing a scene in France in 1940. I will also add some Alpine tanker figures, and some left over civilians featuring a street cafe in a small village.

Construction starts with the chassis, and resembles the SdKfz 234 construction, apart from the fact that all parts look more fragile. The plastic of the AFV kit is a bit soft, and tends to break away when cut from the fret, so some filling will be needed.


New project: heavy reconnaissance vehicle “Puma” (Sd Kfz 234/2)

Having finished the Panzwerfer and also on the way to finish the Nebelwerfer, I started work on a new vehicle, the eight – wheeled recon car 234/2, which is the version using the turret of the abandoned “Leopard”  project, featuring a 5cm gun. The German eight – wheeled recon cars proved to be very useful despite some shortcomings, exhibiting a very good off-road performance, and influenced many post-war designs. I also like the look of the 234s, which to me are among the most elegant German vehicles used in WW2.

The vehicle will be from SS-Panzer-Aufklaerungsabteilung 1 located in France during the summer of 1944.

The kit is from Dragon, and I also bought some PE add-ons from Aber (covers of the stowage cases in the fenders) and Voyager Model, a turned gun barrel and a PE / resin set from Voyager to make the wheel suspension movable.

The latter turned out to be quite unnecessary, as I used the kit´s plastic parts instead of the resin parts, which can be used as well after some cutting and drilling. Actually, the suspension can be made fully movable with only using the kit parts and some brass rods.

I started to work on the suspension. The quality of the kit is very high so far, with nice and crisp details.