been waiting for a very long time to get a 1/72 Sd.Kfz.221 in plastic.
I can only assume I am not the only one, so here it is.
The parts lay-out clearly anounced the later Sd.Kfz.222 and 223
Small decal sheet for two vehicles.
Instructions are found on the back of the box.
thing to note when building this kit is that the plastic is rather
soft, to the extent that sanding and cutting doesn't always result
in sharp edges or surfaces and possibly causing disastrous results
when applying glue overzealously.
building this kit before the Dan
Taylor update set was released. I decided to drill out the turret
mesh and the mesh at the rear of the fighting compartment and actually
got halfway through the process when the set was announced, which
resulted in a bucket load of profanities and an order for the set.
waiting for the update set to arrive, I started enhancing the interior
a little bit. I only focused on the areas that would be visible through
the turret hatches. This is what I did:
removed the central "chimney" that serves as a support
for the two hull halves.
added an engine firewall.
filled in the hollow doors in the side of the hull.
added some personal equipment without firm reference to its actual
some equipment that was documented in my references:
box (from Al.By I think),
ammo box (from Esci, I think),
jerry can (from MK72, I think),
containers (from Preiser),
bread bags (from Preiser).
canteens were replaced with Preiser items, as they were too flat.
filled in the side of the box below the MG.
offset the gunner's seat to the left and opened up the support for
was modified as follows:
removed some plastic from the lower edge of the spade, as the molding
technology of this kit doesn't allow undercuts.
removed the extinguisher from the right front fender, as I was unable
to find pictures of this item in this position. Removing it resulted
in some damage to the plastic that I kept as battle damage.
modified the shape of the box to the rear of the fender, as it seemed
slightly different at the bottom from the real thing. This is, again,
probably due to molding limitations.
filled in the voids on the bottom of the fenders.
boxes at the rear of the rear fenders didn't look at all like the
real thing, so I modified these as well.
Dan Taylor update set has new hubcaps, and while they would be an
improvement, I was convinced that I couldn't safely remove the molded
on hubcaps from the kit parts. I had already ruined the hub of the
spare wheel, just by cleaning it up. Fortunately this could be hidden
under a typical tarp used on said wheel, but I decided to cut my
losses then and there and left the other wheels well alone.
edges of the top engine hatch were serrated, and due to the softness
of the plastic, cleaning this up was frustrating. Furthermore, I
did not find any pictures of a pre-Barbarossa Sd.Kfz.221 with the
box on that hatch (as the kit provides), so this was left off and
the positioning holes filled in. Not being quite happy with the
way the hatch ended up looking, I decided to add a tarp from the
spares box (source long forgotten).
added two jerrycans from the spares box to the nose. Pre-Barbarossa
vehicles typically carried little stowage, so my vehicle (in a France
1940 setting) would probably not have carried it, but it added a
personal touch to my vehicle. In all honesty, I found a picture
of a vehicle with a very similar layout on the internet during an
Ebay auction, in what seems like Western Europe. For copyright reasons,
unfortunately, I am unable to share it.
headlights are a fiddly fit, unless they are meant to be glued to
the two small stubs low on the side of the nose, in which case they
would end up too low. In the end, I replaced them with spare items
that were hollow, so lenses could be made. (Hollowing the parts
out in a concave shape was beyond me.) Alternatively, the kit parts
can just be given a slit with a hot screwdriver.
mudflaps were removed, thinned down and reapplied.
width indicators were replaced with butterfly pins.
from the Dan Taylor set that were not used are:
in front of the rear fenders (because I felt that the kit parts
plates for the hubcaps (for reasons mentioned above)
for the small boxes at the rear of the front fenders (as I felt
I was unable to do justice to these parts).
scheme used was the typical 2/3 grey + 1/3 brown from the Polish and
French Campaign, while the decals came from the following sources:
plate from this kit, and they are very good. Note that the higher
placed licence plate at the front is a personal touch (due to the
jerrycans), but sometimes seen on actual vehicles.
marking for recce unit from the S-Model
Pz.Div marking from Decal
on the side from a long forgotten source.
that the position of most markings varied considerably between vehicles.
I had planned on using a decal for the rear engine hatch, but found
no decal that would snuggle sufficiently well into the subtle relief.
I ended up masking and spraying it as well as I could. (Note that
the hatch was left otherwise unpainted to keep the detail as crisp
in with my diorama, I added a helmet and canteen (both from Preiser)
to my vehicle. A note on the helmet: the right shield was removed
in March 40, but I really wanted to try the Aleran
decals, so I imagined AFV crews (who exposed their helmets less often
to hostile fire than the infantry) might not have bothered removing
it very urgently. Note that these decals are really tiny and almost
invisible in the pictures.
who like their markings a bit more exotic: note that 18 of these vehicles
were exported to China.
has flat visors on the hull (which is typical for 1. and 2. Series
vehicles), but domed visors on the turret (introduced in the 3. Series).
By itself, this is already an incompatible feature, but starting from
the 2. Series the turret had 4 visors, while the kit only has two.
(No 221 had turrets with two domed visors.)
Dan Taylor only gives two flat replacement visors, so we are basically
forced to build the vehicle as a late 1. Series specimen, possibly
with some retrofits. (The front fenders need to be modified for an
early 1. Series.)
For more info on the evolution of these vehicles, you can check this
of us looking for something more exotic: at least one vehicle was
converted as a turretless
features that can be caught with the naked eye, apart from those already
engine hatches that are too narrow (they should be more rectangular).
that are angled incorrectly (they are angled at 45° while they
should be almost horizontal).
turret that should be slightly more pointy at the nose.
to , the kit scales out as follows.
scale compared to 
(at the base)
(at the base)
of top plate
of top plate
clear that the vehicle is too high, but to the naked eye this is not
that obvious. The size of the turret, however, is. Being too small,
it doesn't reach the edge of the hull (while in reality, there was
a very slight overhang). It doesn't help that the hull is slightly
too wide at the top.
not a bad effort from FtF at all, especially when you take into account
that these kits are meant for wargamers and are intentionally kept
simple. The size of the turret is something we shall have to live
with, but the dimensional issues are nowhere as bad as with their
Tracts No.13-1, leichter Panzerspaehwagen (Sd.Kfz.221,222, and 223)
and kleiner Panzerfunkwagen (Sd.Kfz.260 and 261), T.L. Jentz &
H.L. Doyle, Panzer Tracts
Sd.Kfz.221/222/223, M. Zöllner, Tankograd Publishing
sample purchased by the author.