Heavy Armoured Car
S u m m a r y
||703 - Sd Kfz 234/1|
||153 parts in injection
moulded plastic [49 in light brown and 104 in black], 1 sheet of
gauze for turret screens, decals for only one vehicle and
instruction booklet with history, build diagrams, parts plan and
USD$6.96 from Squadron.com|
||Beautifully moulded, highly
detailed and inovative mesh for turret screens|
||A sink mark right in the
middle of the nose, markings for one vehicle only.|
Roden's 1/72 scale Sd Kfz 234/1 is available online from
This is the second in the 234 series of Armoured Cars from Roden.
Roden has gained a reputation for innovation with their WW I Biplane
kits but their armour kits have been quite straight forward. It
looks like this is set to change with this model. The Sd Kfz 234/1
had a 222 type gun turret on the roof to give the Reconnaissance
Vehicles a measure of AA protection. This turret, like the 222, had
an anti grenade screen above it. Roden has supplied the frame in
plastic but for the screen they have given us a small sheet of
gauze. This may be common in 1/35 scale but I've never seen it in
Well done Roden!
Below the turret, this kit is the same as their Puma, already
reviewed on this web site, but with a new sprue for the 222 turret
replacing the Puma one. Because the turret screen can be displayed
open, some turret interior is supplied and the small amount of hull
interior is also to be used. There is a small amount of flash around
some of the parts but not really a problem. The sink hole is a
problem though. It's right over some detail on the sloping nose of
the vehicle and will be very hard to get rid of with-out also
eliminating that detail. Of cause, you could make it battle damage!
Not so well done.
Comparing this kit with the plans in Kagero's book on the 234 series
[ No 20 ], it matched very well. The turret of the Puma was a bit
narrow against these plans but this turret is spot on. As I said in
the earlier review, I can't vouch for the accuracy of those plans
other than over-all dimensions, length, width and depth.
Decals are pretty much standard fare from Roden with separate white
and black crosses to alleviate possible register problems but then
they go and do the opposite with the number plate decals. The point
here, I think, is that the crosses would not be hard to replace if
the register was out but the number plates would be almost
impossible. Fortunately, the register looks fine. The only other
marking is a vehicle weight table.
Instructions are their usual eight page booklet with fifteen very
clear build diagrams. Normally these diagrams contain colour
notations for parts that can't be seen on the paint/decal drawings,
such as interior details which would normally be a different colour
to the interior, but these are missing except for floor, walls and
seats. Colour and markings are given for only one vehicle but, it
just happens to be the vehicle covered in Kagero's book which also
comes with a complete set of 1/72 scale decals. I guess that's not
much help if you havenít got the book though.
I thought Hasagawa's Puma was ever so slightly superior to Roden's
and I believe they [Hasagawa] are also releasing a 234/1 but I think
that turret screen will tip the balance back in Roden's favour.
Squadron for the review sample.
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