Kagero Sd.Kfz. 234
Photosniper #20 Preview by Doug Chaltry - 172tankmodeler(at)comcast(dot)net
The Kagero Photosniper series of books are outstanding reference sources for model builders. Each book is a collection of black & white and color walk-around photographs of museum specimens for each subject vehicle. The book begins with several pages of text (complete text in Polish and English) describing the design and development of the vehicle, followed by the bulk of the book composed of the detail photographs. Also included are very nice scale plans in both 1/72nd and 1/35th, and it's rounded out with several color profiles on, and inside, the covers. Each book also contains a bonus, in the form of either photoetched parts (in 1/35th scale only), decals, or sometimes painting masks. This particular volume on the Sd.Kfz. 234 includes a sheet of decals, in both 1/72nd and 1/35th scales. The detail photos in this volume are of the Sd.Kfz. 234/4 preserved in the Panzer Museum Munster, and show both interior and exterior details, as well as separate photos of an engine that has been removed from the vehicle.

The decals are for:

  • Sd.Kfz.234/1, 4th Panzer Division, Gdansk 1945
  • Sd.Kfz.234/2, unknown unit, France 1944
  • Sd.Kfz.234/2, unknown unit, France 1944
  • Sd.Kfz.234/3, unknown unit, France 1944.
  • Sd.Kfz.234/4, 1 ROA, 1945

There is also one set of spare license numbers. Some of these marking schemes are also included in several of the available plastic kits, but in most, if not all cases, the quality of these Kagero decals (printed by Techmod) are superior to the kit decals. Except perhaps the Roden decals, as those tend to be very nice as well.

(Decal scan by Rob Haelterman)

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Article Last Updated: ? December 2009