Italeri 1/72nd Sd. Kfz. 232 6-Rad
Reviewed by Gary Chapman
This armored scout car was produced in the 1930s for the German Army. Only a limited number were ever 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 up until the early stages of the Second World War when more modern, efficient armored cars replaced it. It featured a three-axis chassis with twinned rear wheels, light armor and a 2 cm cannon.
The Italeri Sd. Kfz. 232 consists of 59 injected molded parts on one tree, very well molded. Decal options are for four vehicles, all four finished in over-all German Panzer Gray: a machine from the 2nd Panzer Division, France, 1940; one from the 3rd Panzer Division, France, 1940; another from an unknown unit based in Poland, 1939; and the final machine which is from an unknown training unit in Germany, 1937. Decals are sharp and in register.
Construction starts with adding a part representing the lower part of the engine to the lower hull from the inside. Once that is glued in then the hull halves can be assembled. From there the front- and rear-most pieces can be added, representing the grill and back-end of the armored car.
Attention now turns towards the rear wheel assembly. Italeri would have you glue everything together, including the tires to the differential. However, to ease painting, it’s best to paint as much as possible prior to gluing any of it together, and I would leave the whole assembly off the rest of the model until after all painting – and weathering – is complete. Since you don’t have to worry about gaps in this area and adding these assemblies is relatively easy is best to have everything out of the way first. This includes the next step, which is the assembly of the front running gear.
Along the way the fenders are glued to the main hull (the fenders have some of the stowage boxes molded in-situ) then the rest of the pieces are added. A couple of the pioneer tools are separate, but unfortunately most are molded on already. Maybe with the right wash and drybrush you can make these stand out.
Finally, the rest of construction continues with the gluing of the turret pieces together as well as the rest of the stowage gear and the large antenna. While I will glue the pieces to hold the antenna in place prior to painting (and use the antenna, with no glue, to ensure all pieces are lined up) I will leave off the antenna until after all painting is complete. That way paint coverage is ensured overall and easier than with the large antenna in place.
Since this is the only 1/72nd injected kit of the Sd Kfz 232 produced to date, it is a must for the German armor completist. Even so, it’s an awesome effort by Italeri and they must be commended for tackling a subject that wasn’t produced prior to this kit. This kit is definitely recommended.
My thanks to Roll Models for the review sample.
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