The Sd.Kfz. 251 was built on the chassis of the Sd.Kfz. 11 3ton Half Track produced by the Hanomag Company with Büssing NAG designing the new armoured superstructure to be bolted to the Hanomag chassis. The 251 was powered by a Maybach HL42 6-cylinder water cooled petrol engine of 4.17 litres and putting out 100hp at 2800rpm. The two sets of tracks and suspension were identical to the Sd.Kfz. 11 while the front unpowered wheels provided support and steering as slow speeds while at turns past 15° the final drives on the track drive sprockets came into play. The basic armament was two MG34s and later MG42s mounted on the front superstructure and a rear anti-aircraft mounting. Initially the forward MG had no shield but this was fitted after initial combat experience. A total of 15,252 251s in four Ausfuhrungs (modifications) and 23 variants were produced between 1939 and 1945 with the Ausf. C introduced in mid-1940. The kit is the Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.C variant and consists of 482 parts in light grey plastic plus another 127 parts for the bonus figure and equipment sprues and three pieces of clothing in a flexible vinyl material. A small decal sheet, instruction sheet and colour painting guide for the figures completes the box contents. The quality of the parts is to the usual excellent dragon standard without any blemishes although there is some minor pin ejector marks on parts with detail on both sides such as the MG shield but these should be easy to deal with. Many of the parts have plastic ‘nodes’ attached to ensure completely moulded parts and some of these will need care when removing from the smaller parts. The tracks that are supplied are the individual links with separate track pads and when assembled are fully workable,the detail on the links are excellent quality. When assembling the rear doors,take time in fitting because if you don’t pay attention,it could lead to problems. But for any experienced modeler,it should be no problem. It is always a VERY good idea to test fit your parts,so that everything just fits perfect. What I did for the track links,was to lay them out on a strip of masking tape,adhesive facing up. When one side is done,I just apply liquid cement along the track. Give it about 10 minutes or so,then carefully pick it up and drape it over the wheels. Once satisfied,then attach the “teenie weenie” pads. Over all I was very happy with the results,and with and addition of the figures,I was able to make a small diorama. The paint was Testors Model Master Enamel,and MIG pigments.Dry brushing was done at a minimum,with very drybrushing of enamels.

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