11 years ago
7393; Sd.Kfz. 222 Liechte Panzerspaehwagen 1+1; 120 parts (116 in grey
styrene, 4 etched brass); pre-order price $17.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: first new kit of this vehicle in many years; nicely broken
down and etched anti-grenade screens nicely done
Disadvantages: perhaps a Sd.Kfz. 221 or 223 vice two 222s?
Recommendation: to all German wheeled armor fans in small scale
The German light armored cars have always been popular with modelers
as they are compact, nicely balanced and just tend to look =93right=94. As
a result, there have been numerous versions in 1/35 scale but not as
many in 1/72, so any release of a kit of one of them is an event.
DML is now offering a =931+1" kit which is two kits in one box, this
time of the 222 variangt of the family. With nearly a thousand built
it was the most widely distributed one of the group and was able to
defend itself with a 2 cm cannon and 7.92mm coaxial machine gun.
The kit comes on one sprue of parts and separate one-piece upper and
lower hull sections.
All parts attach to the hull and in the case of the turret it does
come with a rudimentary interior (the gun attaches to a tab inside the
turret, the seat and controls to the bottom of the tab; apparently DML
expects the modeler will attach the grenade screen in the =93closed=94
position over the top of the turret thus concealing its barrenness.)
The lack of an interior is understandable but a shame as DML also
offers the side doors as separate parts so it could be posed with the
top and sides open. The chassis is fairly complete and the entire
drive line (shafts and gearboxes) comes as a single unit. The wheels
have separate hub protectors.
Technical assistance was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Two finishing options are offered, both in Panzer Grey: Unidentified
Unit, France 1940 (black and white crosses) or Unidentified Unit,
Poland 1939 (white crosses). Number plates are provided along with a
number jungle, all from Cartograf.
Overall this is a nicely done little kit but will take some work to
create a really great model. For wargaming it=92s great right out of the
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.