Sd.Kfz. 251/22 Ausf. D

Manufacturer: Hasegawa (Kit # 31145/MT45)

I was very excited when Hasegawa began releasing their series of Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf. D kits. These were very important vehicles during the war, and until now, the only one available in 1/72nd scale was by Al.By. Although a fantastic kit itself, it is both expensive and hard to find. Not so with the new Hasegawa kits. They are all very reasonably priced, and also quite common.

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In all, I am very pleased with this kit. It was quite simple to build, it's very accurate, and the final result looks very good. It's important to note that this 251/22 kit is identical to the 251/1 kit, but with an additional sprue of parts for the PAK 40. So, if you are looking for only a 251/1 kit, you might be better off buying this one, and keeping the PAK 40 for other conversion projects.

References: SdKfz 251, Wydawnictwo Militaria No. 12, by Janusz Ledwoch; and SdKfz 251 Half-Track, 1939-1945, Osprey New Vanguard No. 25, by Bruce Culver and Jim Laurier.

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