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Sd Kfz 231 8 Rad Armoured Car

 

Roden 1/72


Roden's 1/72 scale Sd Kfz 231 is available online from Squadron.com

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 702
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 217 parts in grey injection moulded styrene; two flexible track lengths and tow cables in vinyl; no decals.
Price: USD$8.97 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Great subject; highly detailed with very fine parts.
Disadvantages: All hatches moulded closed; no painting guide for interior and detail parts; some decals out of register
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glenn Porter

 

FirstLook

 

This is my first experience with Roden armour kits, although I am a great fan of their WWI aircraft models.

Yes, I am impressed.

The kit features good detail and looks to be very accurate. It is also a good choice of subject as I do not believe that anyone else has done an early version 8 wheel German armoured car in this scale.

Detail of the suspension and drive train has to be seen to be believed. I even think hat Roden might have overdone this aspect, as it will be difficult to see once the model is completed.

 

 

Eastern European manufacturers seem willing to tackle tiny details that other model companies would not. This will result in an impressive model, but care should be taken when removing, cleaning up and assembling the fine parts.

I was a little disappointed that all the hatches were moulded closed, as I like to add figures to my armour models to give them a sense of scale.

 



Also, registration numbers are missing for one of the marking options, and my decals were out of register. It may only be my sample, but the black and white crosses are unusable on my sheet.

I may have seemed to raise quite a few faults with this kit, but I am still very impressed overall. I can only hope that Roden stay away from Tigers, Panthers and Shermans that everyone else feels obliged to release. I am very much looking forward to doing a build report on this kit for HyperScale in the near future!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2003 by Glen Porter
Page Created 19 May, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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