Puma Wheel Set
Kit # 72331
Preview by Rob Haelterman- heman(at)advalvas(dot)be
This set contains sixteen wheels for the Sd.Kfz.234 8-Rad series, packaged in a plastic blister-cum-cardboard backing. No instructions are given, only a small leaflet showing the contents of the set.
The Sd.Kfz.234 came with a relatively
great variety of hubs and tyre types. In my references I have found
at least 8 different types of tyre combinations (see composite picture
This set represents 4 possible combinations:
Those of you with basic notions of arithmetic
will have come to the conclusion by now that with this set you can
only equip an Sd.Kfz.234 by using at least two types of wheels. If
you want 8 identical wheels PLUS spare wheel, you will have to buy
3 sets. Regarding that spare wheel: as all wheels in this set are identical you will have to rework the hub if you want to use it as the spare.
The way the attachment of the wheels of this set are cast shows that they are meant for the Hasegawa kit, which has quite poor wheels. With minor surgery thay can probably be made to fit the other kits as well.
The wheels are cast in grey resin and
are attached to a molding carrot on the tyre face. This choice will
only ruin the thread where it makes contact with the ground.
Below is a scan of another set, in
a different color of resin.
This set would greatly enhance the Hasegawa
kit, which - despite its overall quality - has poor wheels. I say
"would" and not "will", as the casting quality
of these wheels is not without blemishes.
 Sd Kfz 234/2, Francisco Javier Cabeza and Carlos Martín. http://www.panzernot.net/?page_id=30&lang=en
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Article Last Updated: 18 May 2011