History and version
Sd.Kfz.250 or leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (roughly translatable
as light rifleman armoured vehicle) first appeared in prototype form
in the summer of 1940 and was based on a shortened Sd.Kfz.10 chassis
(by removing one road wheel). Two variants of the vehicle existed:
the Sd.Kfz.252 le.gep.Mun.Trsp.kw. (ammo carrier) and Sd.Kfz.253 le.gep.Beob.Kw.
(observation vehicle). Around a 100 of the former were produced, while
250 Sd.Kfz.253 were accepted between October 1940 and June 1941 .
Mass production of the Sd.Kfz.250 only started after the production
run of the Sd.Kfz.252 and 253 had finished.
A little known fact is that between June 1941 and November 1941 two
different versions of the Ausf.A were in production: one based on
the design of the Sd.Kfz.253 (minus the roof), known as Sd.Kfz.250/Z,
and one with a design that was specific for the Sd.Kfz.250, known
as Sd.Kfz.250E. After November 1941 only the Sd.Kfz.250E was kept
in production until the arrival of the Ausf.B.
not directly applicable to the Sd.Kfz.253 reviewed here, the differences
between the Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A with 250/Z Aufbau and that with 250E
Aufbau are listed below.
and 250/Z (first version)
double slit. Those on the side are at the same height as those
at the front.
Visor in rear door.
single slit. Those on the side are lower than those at the front.
No visor in rear door.
the side of the nose armor
front of the fenders
hooks on superstructure
on right rear superstructure
for Sd.Kfz.250. The Sd.Kfz.253 had an antenna here.
for engine exhaust
box between fenders and extra box on fender
more to the rear
more to the front
indicators on fenders
to the rear
on left fender
comes with two identical sprues, a small decal sheet and a small fret
Pictures of instructions, box, decals and PE parts from Henk
of Holland website, used with permission
quality is very nice with crisp detail, no flash, but rather thick
sprue gates. The tracks are better than some we have had in the past
from S-Model, but some modelers might still want to create some open
areas between each track pad. Some modelers have already done
exactly that. While the running gear is a simple affair (and with
age, I've come to appreciate that), S-Model didn't need to have put
all their roadwheels at exactly the same angle, as they did with their
Kettenkrad, and as
a lot of other manufacturers giving "easy assembly" roadwheels
have done for that matter.
building the kit, using just enough parts and work to be able to give
an assessment of the accuracy of the kit, and while far from done,
it seems that fit is very good. Interior
detail is not included. As the circular hatch can be built in
an open position, you might want to add some scraps of plastic in
there, unless you fill up the hole with a crew figure. All the other
doors and hatches in the kit would need a fair amount of work to open
marking option is probably meant to represent the vehicle from 2 Pz.Div.
seen on page 29 in . In which case it would need a cross and tactical
sign on the rear plate as well. As S-Model gives enough decals to
do that, this is not a problem.
Plenty of spare decals are given without instructions on how to use
them. The DAK palm trees can be used, as a small number of Sd.Kfz.253
made it to North Africa, including this example
fitted with a frame antenna.
from the activity on different fora, people are interested in learning
about the accuracy of this kit, so I did a quick staff check and built
the kit in a rather rudimentary fashion (i.e. not adding all the details
and not yet gluing or cleaning up all the parts). More points will
be addressed when I actually build the kit in earnest and the article
will be updated accordingly.
were made against plans in , noting that the 250/Z and 250E bodies
do not have the exact same dimensions. (The /Z was somewhat longer,
As there are no plans of the Sd.Kfz.253 in , I used those of the
Sd.Kfz.250/Z as a proxy, as apart from the roof and interior lay-out
both were identical.
vehicle dimension (mm) based on 
dimension in 1/72 (mm)
length (excluding tow hooks)
of rear hull plate (section containing door - measured parallel
to plate at the right side)
of rear door
of rear door
engine deck (measured in the horizontal plane)
engine deck (at the nose)
noseplate at widest point
width roof fighting compartment
conclusions and observations:
the overall dimensions, the kit is closer to 1/75-76, and there
is probably little we can do about that. The engine deck, doesn't
taper enough, resulting in a wide nose at the top, but as the maximum
width of the nose plate is actually underscale, this gives a head
on view of the nose that is off. (The differences between the narrowest
point and the widest point being too small.)
the tracks are roughly the correct width and length, they suffer
from the same problem as the MK72
offering of the Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A, although to a lesser extent:
the tracks extend too far to the rear of the body. In the MK72 kit
this was due to the tracks being too long, in this kit it is because
the body is too short. The first roadwheel might also be a bit too
close to the drive sprocket, which is also a problem in the MK72
On a positive note, the kit has the correct number of track pads
per side (38) and lacks the beaded edges on the fenders, as it should.
scale difference in the rear plate can be solved more easily, by
just cutting the bottom of the plate to the right of the rear door.
annoyingly, the wheels are vastly underscale, and it shows.
For the record, Ace kit wheels are 12.0mm, Esci wheels 10.8mm, while
the wheels in the Modell Trans update set for the Esci kit are 11.5mm.
To add insult to injury, the hub detail of the front wheels is not
correct for the Sd.Kfz.250/252/253, being closer to that seen on
the Sd.Kfz.222. To solve the hub problem, wheels can be taken from
S-Model's Pak36, which comes with one
of the Kettenkrad kits and the Chenillette
UE with Pak 36 kit. Using the latter would be the preferred
option, as it doesn't need the wheels that come with the kit. Unfortunately,
this will not solve the diameter problem, as they are exactly the
Note that S-Model reacted to this mistake and has given correct
visors in later releases of this kit.
Pictures of the new release. I completely forgot where I got those.
avoidable mistake is found in the front visors. These are domed
in the kit, which is correct for the 250E, but not for the 250/Z.
Those in the 250/Z (and thus the Sd.Kfz.253 were flat with a double
slit.) If you are wondering, those in the sides should be domed,
and they are.
Note that S-Model reacted to this mistake and has given correct
wheels in later releases of this kit.
Pictures of the new release. I completely forgot
where I got those.
Sd.Kfz.253 had a licence plate on a plate below the nose. Neither
the plate or decals for the licence plates are provided.
small detail that needs to be added is a tube for the exhaust on
the left side, and a domed cylinder for the muffler underneath.
panel line is missing in front of the engine hatches. (This panel
line is not present on the 250E body.)
wheel as supplied in the kit. Upper hull not glued in place.
wheel from Chenillette UE. Upper hull not glued in place.
plate damage due to glue working its way between the lower and upper
hull. Entirely my fault.
hull not glued in place.
with the MK72 Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A.
reviewed the MK72 offering
of the Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf.A, which represents the 250E body. That
kit is nicely detailed, but has some scale issues. We already mentioned
one of them above. Comparison with this kit teaches us that cross-kitting
might be an option to arrive at a more correct Sd.Kfz.250 or 253:
tracks of the S-Model kit are better, and might fit on the MK72
front wheels of the MK72 kits are better, and might fit on the S-Model
exchanges might be possible, and we would be interested to hear
from our readers if someone attempts to cross-breed both kits.
could have been a show stopper, but there are some errors that could
easily have be avoided. On the other hand, apart from the front wheels,
rear end of the tracks and look of the nose plate, most scale issues
are not really noticeable to the naked eye.
It would also be a good start to build a Sd.Kfz.250 with the earlier
body. One would "only" need to remove the roof and add interior.
that like to stray from the beaten track, we gladly share the following
pictures. Inspiration might also be found here.
Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf. A (and 250Z Aufbau) with
Panzer I turret. Picture from EBay auction-used for discussion purposes.
Sd.Kfz.250 Ausf. A (and 250Z Aufbau) with a very
peculiar position for a frame antenna. Picture from EBay auction -
used for discussion purposes.
Tracts 15-1, leichter Schuetzenpanzerwagen (Sd.Kfz.250) Ausf. A &
B, T.L. Jentz & H.L. Doyle.
Sd.Kfz.250 Alt-Neu Archive Part 1 & 2, Total Detail, Martin Kögel.
Vol I & II, Wydawnictwo Militaria 173 & 231.
at War, Trojca, W. Trojca, K Münch.
250, Miltar's kits Hors série N°1, MK Editions
Halbketten-Fahrzeuge des deutschen Heeres 1909-1945, W.J. Spielberger,
Band 6 der Reihe Militährfahrzeuge, Motorbuch Verlag
Ground power special issue, Delta Publishing
, B. Culver & U. Feist, Ryton Publications
Panzer Colors II, Bruce Culver, Squadron/Signal Publications
sample purchased by the author.
S-Model kits can be