Sd.Kfz.223 German light radio communications vehicle, leichter Panzerspähwagen (Fu)
|Kit # 72421||Review by Rob Haelterman|
For a previous preview by Stephen Brezinski click here. It contains scans of the manual, parts and decals. I will mainly focus on the accuracy of the vehicle here. As the kit shares many components with the ICM Sd.Kfz.222 kit, I expect many aspects of its construction to be similar.
the hull of this vehicle corresponds well to the drawings in my references,
but the detail is somewhat simplified, and some parts are a bit thick,
whereas the MG is sub-calibre and rather poorly rendered.
So, what version do we have. The visors are domed, so it's a 3.-5. Series, but which one exactly?
If we choose the build the kit as a 5.Series vehicle, the modeler should best omit the armored hubcaps, and add width inidcators and turn indicators to the front fenders. A small plate on these front fenders will go a long way to mimic the fender bins that are also lacking.
Decals and painting options:
are very good. They are thin, sharp and in excellent register. This
decal sheet is the same as for the 222, 260 and 261, so you get a
LOT of spares.
Painting options for this kit are
Color references are for Model Master.
Something peculiar is that the decals react with Revell Matt varnish (and probably also with other enamels). They actually dissolve to a paint-like substance, which means you will get no silvering and perfect adhesion, as the carrier film also dissolves. That is, if you take care. If you don't, you might VERY easily ruin the decal, but if you manage to pull it off (which is easier when applying the paint with an airbrush) you will have a "painted" on decal.
Compared to ICM's Sd.Kfz.222, this is the inferior kit, mainly due to incompatibility issues between Series and the size of the turret, and the lack of detail therein.
Sample kindly provided by my own pocket money.
 Samochody pancerne 4x4, J. Ledwoch, Militaria.
 Missing-Lynx website (http://www.missing-lynx.com). Discussions on forum, e.g. Robert Johnson, 27/02/05
 AFV Interior, http://afvinteriors.hobbyvista.com/ (Currently closed)
 DAK SdKfz 222 http://members.verizon.net/~blu.skink/blueskink/222_interior/222_interior.htm (Currently off-line)
 Littelfield collection pictures, http://russiannavy.net/photos/littlefield (/Sept_2004/Sdkfz222)
 Petr Vanek, private communication.
 SS Armor, R.C. Stern, Squadron/Signal
 Panzer Colors I, B. Culver & B. Murphy, Squadron/Signal
 Panzer Colors II, B. Culver, Squadron/Signal
 Panzer Colors III, B. Culver, Squadron/Signal
 Gepanzerte Radfahrzuege, W.J. Spielberger, Militärfahrzeuge 4, Motorbuch Verlag
 Panzer Tracts N°13, Panzerspaehwaegen, T.L.Jentz, Panzer Tracts
 Panzerspähwagen, Ryton
 Steelmasters 53, “Les automitrailleuses SdKfz 222 et 223”, October 2002
 SdKfz 253, 252 & early 250, Archive Part 1, M. Kögel, Total Detail
 Panzer Tracts N°13-1, leichter Panzerspaehwaegen and kleiner Panzerfunkwagen, T.L.Jentz & H.L. Doyle, Panzer Tracts