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Sd.Kfz.232 6 rad
6 Wheel German WWII Armoured Car

 

Italeri, 1/72

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Italeri 7032 Sd. Kfz 232 6 Rad
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 59 Dark Grey injection moulded Plastic parts on one sprue, decals for four vehicles, A5 fold out instructions with history, parts plan, 8 build diagrams and paint/decal drawings.
Price:  
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Interesting and rare subject, nicely detailed and good decals.
Disadvantages: All hatches closed; some clean-up required.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glen Porter


Italeri's 1/72 scale Sd.Kfz.232 will be available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook


Almost without doubt, the most prolific releases in armour modelling are late WW II German tanks, so it is nice to see Italeri come out with an early war vehicle.

It is German, but it's not a tank.

The Sd.Kfz 232 6 Rad (Wheel) Armoured Car was not successful in service. First built in the 1930s for the German Army, it was used until just after the Battle of France. Not much more than a lightly armoured truck, it had no special cross-country abilities, but the experience from this vehicle led to the much more successful 8 wheeled examples.

This is a brand new Italeri moulding, not one of the old Esci kits that Italeri are currently producing.

Detail in this small scale is good. The only other small 232 (6 rad) that I've seen is the old Matchbox in 1/76 scale kit. Italeriís offering is much more detailed.

A fairly simple kit, all 59 parts are on one sprue with very fine detail and no sink or ejector pin marks, and just the tiniest amount of flash. This should be a quick build.

 


 

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There is a shovel and axe moulded on to one of the guards but the rest of the tools are separate. Some parts are very small and will need careful handling. All the hatches are unfortunately closed but shouldn't be hard to open.

As you would expect of an early armoured car, all the colour schemes are Panzer Grey with two from France, one from Poland and the fourth in pre-war Germany.

 

 

The decals, as we've come to expect from Italeri are very well printed with good register, minimum carrier film, number plates for all vehicles, a variety of crosses and numerous smaller items of different types.



 

Conclusion

 

Although Italeri has been steadily releasing the old but sill quite good Esci range of 1/72 scale Armour kits, it's good to see them slip one of their own new mouldings in occasionally to fill the gaps.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 08 September, 2005
Last updated 14 September, 2005

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