German Radio Communication Vehicle
|Kit # 72431||Preview by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail.com|
Side opening cardboard box with 3-view painting guide on the backside (for one marking option).
2. Type of kit:
Injection plastic kit with small photo-etch fret. Decals provided.
As this kit is based on the Sd.Kfz.222 from ICM, I refer to the review of that kit. Again, there is no interior provided, and given the scarce resources on this vehicle, you're basically on your own. The photo-etch part, on the other hand, is finely done, but the three-part assembly fits difficultly. The main difference with the 222 is the lack of turret, the new hull top and a nice rod antenna.
Well, we can now go for the "assume that this vehicle was not alone" option, as the recently released Tankograd book  on the Sd.Kfz.222 family shows that these hulls were not that rare as I originally assumed and the new Panzer Tracts book  even goes as far as stating that all Sd.Kfz.260s and 261s were based on the Sd.Kfz.222/223 chassis.
4. Instruction sheet:
The instructions are in Russian (Ukrainian ?) and English. They are of the drawing type and are very clear. Five parts are not for use, and marked as such.
This kit assembles like a breeze, just like its sibling the Sd.Kfz.222. The only troublesome part is the cage mesh, which is difficult to bend in the right places and does not quite seem to fit the hull top.
6. Decals and painting options:
are very, very good. They are thin, sharp and in excellent register.
This decal sheet is the same as for the 223,260 and 261, so you get
a LOT of spares.
On one sheet, one of the DAK palm trees was not printed completely and a very small trace of a stray decal was found. This is, however, no problem at all, as the decals are plentiful, and give you too many items. For instance, you get 4 DAK palm trees, while you can maximally put 2 on the vehicle, according to the manual.
Painting options for this kit are
references are for Model Master.
Something peculiar is that the decals react with Revell Matt varnish (and probably also with other enamels). They actually dissolve to a paint-like substance, which means you will get no silvering and perfect adhesion, as the carrier film also dissolves. That is, if you take care. If you don't, you might VERY easily ruin the decal.
7. General Impression:
I am a great fan of this kit. The best thing about it is the great ease of construction (apart from the mesh, which is quite difficult to assemble) and the retail price. It is also dimensionally accurate.
The worst is the complete lack of interior. The detail is also not as crisp as on the MarS kit of the Sd.Kfz. 222 and 223.
8. Further information
Also check Stephen Brezinski's previews of the ICM Sd.Kfz.223 and 261 and the article about the evolution of the Sd.Kfz.222 and its variants.
 Samochody pancerne 4x4, J. Ledwoch, Militaria.
 Missing-Lynx website (http://www.missing-lynx.com) . Discussions on forum, e.g. Robert Johnson, 27/02/05
 AFV Interior, http://afvinteriors.hobbyvista.com/ (Currently closed)
 DAK SdKfz 222 http://members.verizon.net/~blu.skink/blueskink/222_interior/222_interior.htm (Currently off-line)
 Littelfield collection pictures, http://russiannavy.net/photos/littlefield (/Sept_2004/Sdkfz222)
 Petr Vanek, private communication.
 SS Armor, R.C. Stern, Squadron/Signal
 Panzer Colors I, B. Culver & B. Murphy, Squadron/Signal
 Panzer Colors II, B. Culver, Squadron/Signal
 Panzer Colors III, B. Culver, Squadron/Signal
 Gepanzerte Radfahrzuege, W.J. Spielberger, Militärfahrzeuge 4, Motorbuch Verlag
 Panzer Tracts N°13, Panzerspaehwaegen, T.L.Jentz, Panzer Tracts
 Panzerspähwagen, Ryton
 Steelmasters 53, “Les automitrailleuses SdKfz 222 et 223”, October 2002
 SdKfz 253, 252 & early 250, Archive Part 1, M. Kögel, Total Detail
 Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.221/222/223, Tankograd Wehrmacht Special N°4014
 Panzer Tracts N°13-1, leichter
Panzerspaehwaegen and kleiner Panzerfunkwagen, T.L.Jentz & H.L.
Doyle, Panzer Tracts