Evolution of the Sd.Kfz.222 and family

by Rob Haelterman
   

Now that we have kits of the Sd.Kfz.222, or variants) from (at least) three manufacturers (Mars, ICM, Dragon), it might be useful to be able to check if any of these manufacturers got the main characteristics right. The table below might help the modeler distinguish between different production batches, each with their own external distinguishing features. Only important features are given and the Sd.Kfz.221 is left out, as (for as far as I know) no kit exists for that vehicle (which is a real shame).

Serie Sd.Kfz.222

Sd.Kfz.223

Sd.Kfz.260 Sd.Kfz.261
1. Serie







1935-1937

  • Driver's roof at same level as rest of roof
  • Flat visors all over
  • One big mesh behind turret

1935-1937

  • Driver's roof higher than rest of roof
  • Flat visors: two in front, two at the sides, two on the turret
  • One big mesh behind and around turret
N/A








N/A







2. Serie




1938

  • Driver's roof at same level as rest of roof
  • Flat visors
N/A




N/A




N/A



3. Serie

 

 

 



June 1939 - January 1940

  • Driver's roof higher than the rest of roof, but only at the extreme front end
  • New domed visors instead of flat ones on the hull
  • Flat visors on the turret
  • Smaller mesh behind the turret
  • Armored cover over rear engine louvres

June 1939 - January 1940

  • Driver's roof higher than rest of roof (larger area than Sd.Kfz.222)
  • New domed visors: a single one in front, two on the sides and two on the turret (this seems to have only been partially implemented)


N/A












N/A











4. Serie

 

 

 

 

 








September 1940 - December 1941

  • Driver's roof higher than the rest of roof, but only at the extreme front end
  • Domed visors on the hull
  • New domed visors instead of flat ones on the turret
  • KwK 38 instead of KwK 30 with higher turret mesh (also backfitted)
  • Smaller mesh behind the turret
  • Armored cover over rear engine louvres
  • Triangular armored hubcaps omitted


September 1940 - December 1941

  • Driver's roof higher than rest of roof (larger area than Sd.Kfz.222)
  • Domed visors: a single one in front, two on the sides and four on the turret (this seems to have only been partially implemented)
  • Smaller mesh behind the turret
  • Armored cover over rear engine louvres
  • Triangular armored hubcaps omitted
  • Modified antenna frame


April 1941 - July 1942

Basically as 4. serie Sd.Kfz.222, except

  • Right side visor further forward than on Sd.Kfz.222
  • Smaller engine hatches











April 1941 - March 1942

Basically as 4. serie Sd.Kfz.222, except

  • Right side visor further forward than on Sd.Kfz.222
  • Smaller engine hatches












5. Serie (also called Ausf.B)

Same hull for Sd.Kfz. 222, 223, 260, 261.




















 

May 1942 - June 1943

  • Driver's roof higher than the rest of roof, but only at the extreme front end
  • Domed visors on the hull; visor on right side moved forward
  • No visors on the turret except at the rear
  • KwK38 in higher mount, but redesigned lower mesh
  • Turn signals moved to front fenders and width indicators moved forward
  • Smaller engine hatches
  • Additional stowage bin on the left of the hull
  • Smaller mesh behind the turret plus two smaller meshes
  • Armored cover over rear engine louvres
  • Plates welded over mounting points for antenna of Sd.Kfz.223 (standardized hull)
  • Triangular armored hubcaps omitted

April 1942 - February 1944

  • Driver's roof higher than the rest of roof, but only at the extreme front end
  • Domed visors on the hull; visor on right side moved forward and two frontal visors
  • Visors on turret dropped during production (1943)
  • Turn signals moved to front fenders and width indicators moved forward
  • Smaller engine hatches
  • Armored cover over rear engine louvres
  • Triangular armored hubcaps omitted
  • Shape of antenna modified yet again



 

April 1942 - April 1943

Basically as 5. serie Sd.Kfz.222.























April 1942 - April 1943

Basically as 5. serie Sd.Kfz.223.























 

Note that from February 1940 Notek lights were fitted (and backfitted) to all vehicles.

 

Kits:

Sd.Kfz. 222

Sd.Kfz. 223

Sd.Kfz. 260

Sd.Kfz. 261

 

References

[1] Panzer Tracts 13-1, leichter Panzerspaehwagen and kleiner Panzerfunkwagen, T.L. Jentz & H.L. Doyle
[2] Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.221/222/223, M. Zöllner, Tankograd Publishing
[3] Samochody pancerne 4x4, J. Ledwoch, Militaria.
[4] Gepanzerte Radfahrzuege, W.J. Spielberger, Militärfahrzeuge 4, Motorbuch Verlag
[5] Panzerspähwagen, Ryton

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Article Last Updated: 20 July 2012