|KIT:||Italeri 1/72 SdKfz 232 6 rad|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Allow me to use the brief historical background provided by the instructions.
"The armored scout car SdKfz 232 was produced in the 1930s for the German Army. Only a small number were produced, yet the experience gained with these vehicles made them a valuable stepping stone towards the development of later models. The 232 was used right until the early stages of WWII when it was replaced by more modern and efficient vehicles. It featured a three axle chassis with dual real wheels, light armor and a 20mm cannon."
I'm going to step out on a limb that state that this may be a new mold kit. I say that as I've not seen the type kitted in this scale by anyone else. Not only that, but it isn't an ESCI mold as the sprue fully fits the box. And I say sprue as there is only one. This is not a complex kit.
Basically, the chassis and lower body are molded in one piece. The suspension and axles/wheels are separate and glue onto the underside. Fenders and a few external compartments attach along with a few other bits and pieces. The turret has a coaxial machine gun and this six piece construct seems pretty straight forward. The only other part is the radio antenna array that fits on top of the vehicle. There are no separate hatches and you get no figures to go along with it.
Instructions are quite well done with 8 well drawn construction steps. Any additional painting is so annotated in the various steps. Model Master paints and generic names are provided in this regard. There are markings for four vehicles, three of which participated in events during the first 9 months of the war. You can have your SdKfz 232 in any color you want as long as it is panzer grey. The small decal sheet is well printed and provides basically insignia and license plates for the four different vehicles. On the back of the box are three color three views that will be quite helpful when it comes to painting and decal placement.
It would really be difficult to go wrong with this one. It is simple enough for beginning modelers to have a go, and provides a decent level of detail for those who are more fastidious. Many of us like armored cars and the really nice thing about this recent interest in smaller scale military is that we can fit a bunch of this stuff on our display shelves! A super little kit and one you really should look into.
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