Plastic Soldier Company
Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf. D German Halftrack
|Kit #: WW2V20006||
Edited by Rob Haelterman
The above box top and art pretty much says it all: 3 hard plastic models, 1/72 scale with figures. The artwork is a rough but reasonably accurate depiction of a late WW2 Schützenpanzerwagen with accompanying SS or late-war army infantry. On the nose of the vehicle is a vague license plate, on the fenders a Notek light and vehicle width indicators (the vertical rods with little white balls). The halftrack is in a post-1942 3-color camouflage with a vehicle number of the side, perhaps number 244.
Looking between the parts tree above and the sprue
we see crew figures and gear at the top. The figures and Pak 36 shield
are reasonably well done but a little chunky and soft in detail. The
Panzerschreck rocket launcher, and the packs with blanket rolls and
helmets are a great touch. The vehicle superstructure looks done well,
but I do have an issue with the overly deep and wide seams around
the armor plates and the engine deck hatches. The odd-looking object
below the Pak 36 shield at upper left is a thick tow rope wrapped
around the front two towing hooks below the nose.
At the bottom of the sprue we see the two separate MG42 for the 251/1 at center bottom. For the 251/10 the 3.7-cm Pak 36 would substitute for the front MG42. The Pak 36 gun is a little crude, with no elevation & traverse handwheels and no gunsight. I do not see any 3.7-cm ammunition boxes included with the model. At bottom right on the sprue are the crew seats and backrest/storage bins. Unfortunately, there is no steering wheel, instrument panel, nor interior visor detail, but fortunately, this area is difficult to see when the model is assembled.
Small items like headlights and the vehicle width indicators are portrayed crudely or missing. You may wish to drill out the muzzles of the Pak 36 and the ends of the Panzerschreck.
The PSC wheel & track set is noticeably longer than the First To Fight and the Modell Trans sets, but may still be usable. Overall, I find the Modell Trans track & wheel set to look much more accurate. With some separate outer wheels at far left, this aftermarket set has a better sense of depth and, moreover, it comes with individual wheels.
Additional Plastic Soldier Company SdKfz 251
models in this scale also available are:
Kit WW2V20003, German Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf. C Halftrack, which includes three complete easy to assemble 1/72nd scale Sd.Kfz 251/1 or Sd.Kfz 251/10 Ausf. C halftracks. Each of the three sprues comes with seven crew figures and a variety of gear.
The kits will build into fine wargaming models as is and look more rugged for handling than the small scale Dragon and Hasegawa kits of this vehicle. Being mostly a display modeler, I am tempted to judge this model more harshly than I perhaps should considering the wargaming market it is sold for (no offence to wargamers, it is just that the needs are different). With some detailing and good painting, they will make descent display models.
This kit was purchased by the modeler.
References and helpful links
SdKfz 251 In Action, Charles Kliment & Don Greer, Squadron Signal Publications Armor series No. 21 (1981).
THE Sd.Kfz 251 HALF-TRACK by Bruce Culver, Osprey Vanguard 32 (1983) [Replaced by the newer book Sd.Kfz 251 Half-Track 1939–45 (New Vanguard Book 25)]
Henk of Holland modeling website, section on Plastic Soldier Company model kits.