Modeling the Sd.Kfz. 234 Armored Cars in 1/72nd Scale by Doug Chaltry
Article Last Updated: 4 October 2009 email: doug(at)172shermans(dot)com
Sd.Kfz. 234/2

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Probably the most well-known of the 234 series is the Sd.Kfz. 234/2, known by hobbyists today as the Puma (that was not its official name). This was the first design of the 234 series produced, and was originally designated as simply the Sd.Kfz. 234 until the new designs came about, at which time its designation was changed to 234/2. Armed with a high-velocity 50mm KwK, this was the scout version of the 234. Although it was fast, the cannon was not worth much in the later stages of the war, and construction of this version ended fairly early with all later chassis being built into the other, more useful variants. Probably around half of the 100 vehicles built were equipped with the long-range radio sets. The MarS, Hasegawa, and Roden kits include the additional antenna mount for this version, but although the Italeri boxart shows this antenna, it does not, in fact, include the appropriate parts.


Kit Name Manufacturer # Medium Comments
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma MarS #7245 Resin Very high detail and many small parts.
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 8-rad Schwere Panzerspähwagen Puma Hasegawa #MT52 Plastic Probably the best plastic kit of this version.
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Roden #705 Plastic Comes with open side bins. Turret is too tall.
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma Italeri #7029 Plastic Decent model with very good detail.


Kit Name Manufacturer Medium Comments
Sd.Kfz. 234 Wheels Attack #72331 Resin Designed for Hasegawa kit, but can be modified to fit others.
Sd.Kfz. 234 Wheels Armory #7252a Resin Wheels for one vehicle, plus a spare. Designed for Roden kit, but can be modified to fit others.
Sd.Kfz. 234 Engine CMK #SP72040 Resin Designed for the Hasegawa kit.
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Detail Set Eduard #22094 Photoetched Smaller set than PART and more simplified.
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Detail Set PART #72151 Photoetched Large and complicated set.
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Interior/Exterior Set Goffy #7269 Resin Gun barrel with camouflage netting, rolled camo net for front hull, and 50mm gun breach for inside turret. Remainder of set is miscellaneous infantry items for stowage.
5cm KwK 39 Gun Barrel RB Model #72B47 Brass Too large and out of scale.
Ammunition Set No.5 Attack RE72341 Resin 5cm ammo for KwK38.
Sternantenna Modelltrans #X7203 Photoetch  
Sd.Kfz. 234 Kagero Book/Decals Photosniper No. 20 - Sd.Kfz. 234, by Parada, Koenig and Jabwonski
Armored Cars, Half-tracks & Panthers Decals AFV-Decals #7202 Decals Includes markings for one Puma (red "1111"). OOP


Kit Name Manufacturer Builder Date
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Italeri Luiz Delazari 1 October 2009

Construction Reviews

Kit Name Manufacturer Builder Date
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Hasegawa Stephen Brezinski 20 March 2011
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Hasegawa Rob Haelterman 09 January 2015
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Italeri Doug Chaltry 1 December 2009


Article Title Author Date
Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Comparison Doug Chaltry 31 May 2005
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