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Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (8-Rad) Sd.Kfz. 232

The Build

Tamiya’s Sd.Kfz.232 heavy armored car 8 wheel first came out

Buildin 1974, kit# 35036. Unlike it’s re release that came out in 2009, kit# 35297, it does lack in todays standards such as detailed welded seams,PE parts and a added two man crew. 

But the beauty is still there. The construction went very well with parts fitting quite nicely, and for that time tooling is rather crisp. I added resin detailing ,that would be on board for the drew. I used Testor’s Model Master Enamel for the basecoat,and used Windsor and Newton oils for the wash and Hudson and Allen Pigments and ground up chalk. The markings are from Archer Dry Transfers.

It was a total joy to build. It is very hard now to locate this kit,but the re release is not bad, to say the lease.

 

 

 

 

 

Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (8-Rad) Sd.Kfz. 232

Brief History

The term Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (German: “heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle), covers the 6 and 8 wheeled armoured cars Germany used during the Second World War.

In the German Army, armoured cars were intended for the traditional cavalry missions of reconnaissance and screening. They scouted ahead and to the flank of advancing mechanized units to assess enemy location, strength and intention. Their primary role was reconnaissance, but they would engage similar or light units and at times attempt to capture enemy patrols.

Production started in 1932 and123 Sd.Kfz.231/232 and 28 Sd.Kfz.263 were produced to 1937 by Daimler-Benz (36 Sd.Kfz.231/232), Buessing-BAG (12 Sd.Kfz.231/232) and Magirus (75 Sd.Kfz.231/232). Armored bodies were produced by Deutschen Werke AG in Kiel and Deutsche Edelstahlwerke AG in Hannover-Linden.

Sd.Kfz.231/232 were issued to Aufklaerungs Abteilungs, while Sd.Kfz.263to Nachrichten (Signal) units, where they remained in active service during the Polishand French Campaign. Later, they were used for training purposes.

The SdKfz 232 Schwere Panzerspähwagen (8-rad) (FU) with additional radio equipment and frame aerial. This was 0.2 tons heavier than the standard armoured car. It had a crew of four and was similarly armed with the 20mm cannon and co-axial machine gun.

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Completed

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Final Lower Hull Fitting
All I can say is that the fit is perfect,and now to the paint shop for priming of the lower hull interior and chassis,engine,drive train,and wheel assemblies.

Lower Hull Final Fit Right Angle

Lower Hull Final Fit Right Rear Angle

Lower Hull Final Fit Right Front Shot

Lower Hull Final Fit Left Side

Lower Hull Final Fit Engine Shot

Lower Hull Final Fit Front Shot

Lower Hull Final Fit Left Rear Angle

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Restored and Running

                                       

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Steps 9-15
Lower Hull Assembly

These steps included the complete construction of the Lower Hull. These steps went pretty easy,and I love the small PE parts on the front driver’s panel. When installing the front driver compartment,I noticed a gap between the front and left sides of the hull where the compartment/seat assembly was located. So what I did was close the gap to butt against the outer panels. In doing this if found this to be an error on my part,because when adding the seat assemblies in,they didn’t align up with locating points,so I had to adjust the seats so this would be corrected. Otherwise everything else was a joy.

Lower Hull Front Angle Shot

Lower Hull Rear Left Angle Shot

Lower Hull Rear Right Angle Shot

Lower Hull Rear Shot

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Construction Step 8
Dry Fitting of Tracks

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Dry Fitting of Tracks1

Dry Fitting of Tracks3

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Construction Steps 5-7

In step 5, it was the assembly of the front axle and suspension,this went together nicely. 

In Step 6 the front suspension assembly was installed to the chassis.I had to sand the ends down a little so it would fit nice and snug. Next was the gearbox and steering assembly,which was no problem.

Step 7 involves the construction of the the rear chassis plate which has the large inside tow hitch housing as well as the outer standard half-track tow hitch. I found it much easier to put parts A12 and A13 in after the plate and housing was on. Next was the road wheels,idler wheels and outer front drive sprocket. There is a lot of play with the idler wheels on the torsion bar suspension. Otherwise these steps were pretty straightforward. However there are a lot of small,thin,fragile parts that can be damaged when installing these subassemblies

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket1

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket2

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket3

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket4

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Construction Step 4

Engine being added to the frame. The only procedures of this step was the fitting of the engine on to the frame and the two exhaust systems. In the case of the engine, there was a little bit of sanding the ends of the motor mounts for it to fit right. No biggie, I had to be very careful to wrap the exhaust systems in and around the chassis. Otherwise everything went well,without any hitch.

Engine and Exhaust System Installed

Engine And Exhaust System Installed

Engine and Exhaust System Installed

Engine and Exhaust System Installed

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