Saturday, September 12, 2009

Leichter Panzerspähwagen: SdKfz 222

I built this Airfix 1:76 Scale kit last week, and painted it up tonight. Its a demo used for an upcoming project and is from my personal collection. I used Tamiya panzer grey as the base coat, with a Mig tan filter and Mig Brown wash. For weathering, I used a sepia and ochre pigment powder from vallejo using acrylic medium. It turned out alright considering the tank is less then two inches long! I didn't do any fancy detail work since airfix kits really lack the detail you'd find on a Revell or PST kit. In the end it was an easy to assemble kit and I recommend it since the price was $6.00 Canadian.

From Wikipedia

The Leichter Panzerspähwagen (German: roughly "Light Armoured
Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light four-wheel drive armoured cars
produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.
They were developed by Eisenwerk Weserhütte of Bad Oeynhausen.
Chassis were built by Auto Union in Zwickau and assembled by F. Schichau
of Elbing and Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen in Hanover-Linden.
It used the standard sPkw I Horch 801 (heavy car) chassis with an angled armoured body and turret. The rear mounted engine was a 67 kW (90 hp) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a cross-country speed
of 40 km/h. It had a maximum range of 300 km. Used by the reconnaissance battalions (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) of the Panzer divisions, the type performed well enough in countries with good road networks, like those in Western Europe. However, on the Eastern Front and North Africa, this class of vehicle was hampered by its relatively poor off-road performance. In those theaters, it gradually
found itself replaced in the reconnaissance role by the Sdkfz 250
half-track. The Sdkfz 250/9 was the Sdkfz 250 with the same turret as the
Sdfkz 222. The Sdkfz 222 was examined by Soviet designers before they
created the similar BA-64 light armoured car. Front and sides were made
of 8 mm (0 in) steel; thinner 5 mm (0 in) plates protected the top, rear,
and bottom. Cast vision ports later replaced ports cut into the armour. The
open topped turret was fitted with wire mesh anti-grenade screens. This version of the vehicle was armed with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 autocannon and a 7.92 mm MG34
machine gun.

As you can see, this would be a great vehicle to a commanders vehicle pool!
... Mitch

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