I have now finished the vignette showcasing the Sd Kfz 231. I added the civilians (figures from MK35), the bar tables and chairs (from Mini Art) and two other German soldiers (converted from Alpine tankers).
In the meantime, I closed the vehicle after painting the interior:
I also finished the chassis, and painted it. By pure magic, all the open hatches survived this without damage, so I went on an fixed the vehicle (still without turret) to its base. Then I painted the first two soldier figures and added them also to the base:
Currently, I am working on the two civilians, and also on the turret of the scout car:
I started to work on the Sd Kfz 231 by building the undercarriage, which is quite elaborate due to having eight wheels that are all steered and used to propel the vehicle. As I would like to open quite a few hatches, the interior also has to be detailed, which is not as easy, as with the kit comes only little interior. I also looked around on the web, but I found almost no information on the interior. I did not find anything that is not included in the Nuts & Bolts vol 35, which has some pages with pictures and explanations from one of the few surviving Sd Kfz 231.
So I added some parts (mainly the ammunition racks for the 2cm KwK) and some storage for the personal equipment of the crew. This is then how the interior looks like before and after painting:
I also started to work on the figures. I will use four tankers from Alpine and two French civilians, one old guy walking along and one guy running a coffee house. Two of the tankers are ready for painting, one of them was reworked a little. It actually had an open jacket, which I found much to casual, so I closed it using Magic Sculp. I also started painting the faces of the two French guys:
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.