Dragon 1/35 Sd.Kfz. 250/3 ‘GREIF’

The Sd.Kfz. 250 was developed following a mid-1930’s requirement for a one ton (0.95 tons) half track, to provide mobility for infantry and other units operating with panzer divisions. The first example appeared in 1939 and saw action for the first time in May 1940 during the invasion of France. The Sd.Kfz. 250 was first produced by Demag AG of Wetter, in the Ruhr, although later other companies were also involved in its manufacture. The vehicle was based on the chassis of the Sd.Kfz. 10 Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1-ton vehile, but featured an armored hull with an open top to accommodate the crew of five men…plus the driver

Production continued until 1944, with later models having redesigned hulls to make manufacturing easier and cut down on the amount of raw materials required, as the basic design was rather expensive as it was. Compared to its larger counterpart, the Sd.Kfz. 251, the Sd.Kfz. 250 was built and used on a much smaller scale. The type’s total production run was impressive enough (5,900 were built between 1942 and 1944) and by the time the war ended it was made into no less than 14 official variants (plus the usual crop of unofficial variants). From 1943 onwards production modifications were introduced to the hull shape to assist manufacturing, while at the same time cutting down on the amount of precious raw materials required. The armor thickness ranged from 6 to 14.5mm (0.24 to 0.57in).

Variants included a communications vehicle subject of this kit A mobile observation post, as well as a number of specialized weapons carriers. These last mentioned vehicles mounted everything from anti-aircraft guns to anti-tank cannons. The vehicle remained in service until the end of WWII, proving to be a reliable and popular half track.

You will recognize this vehicle as the type used by Rommel in North Afrika, with the nick-name ‘Greif’ (GRIFFIN) painted down its sides. As a little aside, Rommel also had a second Sd.Kfz. 250/3, that he used, that had the nick-name ‘Adler’ (EAGLE) painted down the sides. However, ‘Greif’ seems to have had more pictures taken of it during the war. As for the kit, Dragon’s release of the Sd.Kfz. 250/3 Greif halftrack, as used by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in North Africa. Features a seated driver figure and two standing officer figures, individulal-link tracks, and markings for Rommel’s “Greif” and one Eastern Front vehicle. Four identical letter “F” trees hold the individual track links and their separate rubber pads. I like this way of doing them as it will be easier to paint the tracks and links. The “F” tree is packaged in the same bag as the four “B” trees. (there are a total of 160 parts on these “F” trees)The construction went very well with some attention spent on the track system as I stated. The panels fitted very nicely,and being my first  “deuce and a half” it was sort of a challenge,but I was very pleased with the finished product. I used Testors enamels,Winsor and Newton oils,and ground up chalk for the pigments. I used Hudson and Allen for the road effects.

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