German Panzerspahwagen SdKfz 232 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-7856 Review

2014 April 16
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20110804*
German Panzerspahwagen Sd.Kfz. 232 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-7856 Review
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Review and Photos by Pat Ackerson  Pat Ackerson

The Panzerspahwagen Sd. Kfz. 232, known for its large frame antenna, was an eight wheeled armored car used by the German Army in every theater of operations during WWII. Primarily used by Reconnaissance Squadrons, the Sd. Kfz. 232 was used for the traditional cavalry missions of reconnaissance and screening. These vehicles and their crews would scout ahead of mechanized units to find enemy locations, and then report their findings back to the friendly units behind them. Their primary task was to observe and report rather than to fight, although they were expected to fight enemy reconnaissance elements when required.

For the Modeler: This is a review of  the German Panzerspahwagen Sd.Kfz. 232,  a 1:32 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-7856. You can still find these kits at online hobby stores and auction sites. It is a skill level 2 model kit consisting of 129 tan injection molded parts, eight rubber tires, eight clear parts for lights, and 1 sheet of water slide decals for two different versions of the vehicle used by the German Army in the African and Polish campaigns of WWII.  Also included are kit instructions that are nicely illustrated and easy to follow.  Sd. Kfz. 232s were usually armed with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 auto-cannon and a 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun. Kit features the choice of a Sd. Kfz. 232 communications vehicle with an overhead frame antenna, or the Sd. Kfz. 231 armored car without antenna. This kit includes soft black tires, three crew figures, a campfire, a fly tent with poles and decals with markings for the Afrika Corps and the Polish Campaign.  The overall dimension of the finished build is: 8.0” in length.

Covered in this Review: Basic construction, glue, paint and material selections; correcting assembly instruction errors; methods for prepping the parts for adhesion and finishing; enhanced turret detailing; highlighting external features with dark washes; drilling out gun barrels and air horns for realism; identifying and removing and repair techniques for unwanted seams, gaps, and sinks; improvised intake grills for authenticity; application of decals; suggestions for increasing accuracy and detail; exhaust detailing; frame and body alignment; making and using dark washes for detailing; methods for making realistic wheels and tires; decal setting solution use; alternate construction sequences for ease of finishing; adding some spare parts details; optional parts considerations; handling fragile parts; extensive weathering techniques; expanded information about the real vehicle, are all fully examined in this pictorial 17 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. 


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