Sd.Kfz.232 6 rad
6 Wheel German
WWII Armoured Car
S u m m a r y
||Italeri 6445 Sd. Kfz 232 6
||161 Dark Grey injection
moulded plastic parts, 38 resin parts; photo-etched fret, decals for four vehicles, A5
fold out instructions with history, parts plan, build diagrams
and paint/decal drawings.|
USD$89.96 available online from Squadron|
||Competent overall package,
quality resin parts, decals in register, excellent subject
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Italeri's 1/35 scale
Sd.Kfz.232 is available online from Squadron.com
Italeri recently released
the basic Sd.Kfz. 23 kit before, but this incarnation sees some
There are 161 plastic pieces
contained on four large dark grey sprues. Sink marks on my example
were virtually non existent. The miniscule ones that were apparent
on the exterior surfaces would easily disappear under a smear of
putty and a coat of paint.
The lack of ejector pin
marks in visible areas is also praiseworthy with only one item
coming under the microscope. This is the turret faceplate which is
the only item on the sprue designed with its outer surface facing
the “inside” of the sprue…hence the dimples.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Befitting a kit with
interior detail is the supplied mass of separate hatches. To attach
these in the open position will require the hinges to be bent 90
degrees as explained in the instructions. Included are both upper
and lower hull doors as well as those for the engine and vision
ports. The latter needs some slight surgery and again this is fully
Some well thought-out
running gear is provided and this will satisfy most modellers. The
detail is good and will come up nicely with some careful painting.
The front wheels are able to be positioned which will add some
welcome animation to the model.
Full length 20mm and 7.92 mm
guns are provided for the turret interior which is in keeping with
the theme of the boxing. Naturally a lot more can be added here and
this is limited only by the builder’s skill level.
The frame antenna is a one
piece affair which makes assembly a cinch. Careful cleaning up is
necessary but is a small price to pay. Thankfully its scale
appearance is excellent, which is a credit to the manufacturers.
It must be pointed out that
the overall detail is not quite as refined as some other
manufacturers in the market place but don’t let this put you off.
The basis is sound and provides an excellent platform for any extra
work that the builder desires to do.
To compliment all of the
above, Italeri supply the modeller with resin, and a photo etched
fret. Added to this is a printed acetate sheet that is used for the
dials on the instrument panel.
There are thirty eight
pieces of resin and by far the biggest is the floor area which spans
the length of the vehicle. The quality of these items is excellent
with no air bubbles or warping present. Quite a few parts are for
the driver’s section, and these relate to the pedals, steering
wheel, levers and seats.
A four piece engine assembly
fits behind the plastic radiator with the latter being enhanced with
a fan and p-e framing. Photo etched parts also provide the
instrument panel, to which the supplied film is attached.
Strangely the manufacturers
didn’t take the opportunity to add a few more pieces to the fret
which would have complimented the existing detail.
Additional resin items cater
for water bottles, interior stowage, and the like.
Decals come for four
vehicles, all in the customary dark grey of the time.
2nd Panzer Division in France 1940
3rd Panzer Division also in France
Unknown unit in Poland 1937
Unknown training unit in Germany 1939.
The decals were well printed
with all items being in perfect register. The carrier film is matt
so take extra care to avoid “silvering”.
This is a competent package
from Italeri and one that provides an excellent start for those that
wish to “super-detail” their interiors.
Not many kits are released
of early war armoured cars so to have a mainstream manufacturer have
a go at one of these is to be commended.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
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