I originally intended to write a full construction review of this kit, but "something went wrong" during the construction process. Humbled by the experience, I will thus limit myself to some comments that might be useful for other modelers. For those that are interested, I gladly refer to Doug Chaltry's preview of the same kit.
The first thing I noticed, was that the manual has some "issues". To start with, the historical summary that Roden gives starts with the title "Sd.Kfz.263". A bit further in the same text the modeler reads "difference was the bow antenna". I am puzzled.
When you build the kit, you might notice that there are two steps that carry the number "5", but no step "7", that part "5F" is not numbered in the instructions and that you are asked to install a Notek light on the rear fenders in a style that I have only seen on the front of German vehicles.
The marking options are the most confusing
part of the manual:
The nice thing is that spare crosses are included.
Assuming, Roden, just mixed up the licence plates, divisional markings and caption, the modeler still has to take care as the Wiking insignia was probably carried on the right side of the nose (as seen here) and not on the left (as in the instruction). The "sunwheel" was mostly painted onto a black disk, which the decals don't provide.
The plastic that Roden uses is very brittle, doesn't react to MEK and the sprues are covered in some kind of plastic "cobweb", like someone draped it in very fine stretched sprue.
Some other sundry remarks