Sd.kfz.232 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
- Newly produced Sd.Kfz.232 w/fine details
- New preformed frame antenna made from injection-molded plastic
- Vision ports on turret displayed
- Realistic 2cm KwK 30 L/55 and MG34 included
- Injection-molded tow cables reproduced
- Highly detailed rear hull
- Delicate grill on engine deck
- Turret hatch can be assembled open/closed
- Sharply reproduced cargo and jerry cans
- Turret made by 3-directional slide mold
- Slide-molded upper hull
- Slide-molded fenders w/on-vehicle tools
- Underside of hull made by slide mold
- Chassis possesses full detail
- Detailed wheels w/authentic tire tread pattern
Germany created a number of successful schwerer Panzerspahwagen ("heavy armored reconnaissance vehicles") to support its forces. Among them was the family based on the Sd.Kfz.231 8-Rad ("eight-wheel") design. The Sd.Kfz.232 accommodated extra radio equipment and a large frame antenna for longer-distance communication. The armored car's Bussing-NAG 8x8 chassis offered good cross-country mobility and the vehicle also possessed eight-wheel steering. There were dual driver's controls, which meant the vehicle could drive rapidly in either direction if it came under attack. The 8.3-tonne design was ordered in 1934, and both the Sd.Kfz.231 and 232 featured a hexagonal-shaped turret mounting a 2cm KwK 30 cannon plus one MG34 machine gun. Production of the Sd.Kfz.232 ceased in 1943 in favor of the newer Sd.Kfz.234/2 Puma.
Dragon has produced yet another brand new plastic kit! The Sd.Kfz.232 features all-new toolings, and the upper and lower hull sections are made as one-piece elements via slide molds. The large armored car is composed of many irregularly shaped and angled plates, so the kit obviously requires extremely precise tolerances when it fits together. Thanks to the use of CAD drawings and high-tech molding techniques, the vehicle's parts fit together flawlessly. The unique shape of this 8x8 armored vehicle is beautifully captured, and the distinctive antenna frame is finely rendered. Dragon already has high-quality 1/72 scale Panzer III kits available, so the arrival of the Sd.Kfz.232 now gives these early-war panzers a valuable reconnaissance capability!