range (previously part of the Hät consortium) is tailored to
the wargaming community and offers two complete, simplified, kits
in a single box.
Parts count is limited and the manual is reduced to a single "exploded"
drawing on the back of the box, which make for very fast assembly
for the wargamer with limited time/funds and a large army to field.
No decals are offered.
The grey plastic in this kit is quite
soft; something in between the usual styrene and vinyl, which is slightly
annoying when sanding or scoring. The plastic reacts very (!) well
to MEK however, but paint adherence is low.
The kit represent an Ausf.C with riveted hull, unlike the boxtop.
The rivetting is convincingly done.
This is the third Armourfast kit I
have built so far, and I must say that I had become used to a slightly
- No locator tabs are given for the separate (!) visors, the fenders
or fender boxes. Make sure to mount them in the correct spot, which
- especially for the fenders and fender boxes - is more or less guesswork.
- The fenders will present a small gap between them and the hull if
you assemble them the way they are cast. (Either that, or I didn't
find the right spot to put them.)
- The visors are good, but take care: there are two types (the manual
does not state this) and it is easy to mount them upside down.
- You get two headlights, but no Notek.
- No muffler is given, which is a prominent feature.
- 4 very simple benches (without backrest) are given, but non for
driver and co-driver. I might guess that most wargamers will fill
this kit up with troops, so it will become less noticeable. The benches
have no locator tabs.
- you get a spare part, that I don't know where to put as I couldn't
figure out what it represented.
- tracks are, as usual for Armourfast, very simplified, but the representation
of front wheels and roadwheels for the tracks are nice.
- the 2 MG42s actually have good detail, but lack the handgrip and
... the one for the rear mount (with locating peg) is cast upside
down (i.e. with the attachment to the swing arm on top of the gun).
A plus is that the suspension of the
kit is far better than the drawing/manual would let you expect.
After I had finished the kit I felt
it didn't quite capture the look of the real vehicle and measured
it against plans in .
Length of troop compartment
|Width of troop compartment
Length of engine compartment
|Width of engine compartment
|Length of engine hatch
|Length of lateral covers
on engine deck
Furthermore, the engine hatch is far
too tapered (its sides are parallel to the sides of the engine deck,
which shouldn't be like that) and the engine deck itself is far too
All this results in a kit that has
an anaemic look, being longer/narrower than it should be.
 Panzer Tracts No. 15-2 - mittlere
Schuetzenpanzerwagen (Sd.Kfz.251), Panzer Tracts, Thomas L. Jentz
and Hilary L. Doyle
Sample kindly provided by Armourfast.