ARM: Review - DML 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 223 1 + 1 kit

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 scale Armor Pro Series Kit No.
7420; Sd.Kfz. 223 Liechte Panzerspaehwagen 1+1; 172 parts (168 in grey
styrene, 4 etched brass); pre-order price $17.50 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: first new kit of this vehicle in many years; nicely broken
down and etched anti-grenade screens nicely done, well-done and petite
antenna set
Disadvantages: why not one Sd.Kfz. 222 and one Sd.Kfz. 223 in one box?
Rating: Recommended
Recommendation: to all German wheeled armor fans in small scale
DML is now following up its very nice Sd.Kfz. 222 armored car set
with a =931+1" kit of the Sd.Kfz. 223 light armored radio car, which
again provides two complete kits in one box. More for use as a command
vehicle in scouting units, this one had a smaller turret mounting only
a single 7.92mm machine gun but had a powerful HF radio transceiver
for communications with higher echelons.
The kits each come on two sprues of parts with 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.
This kit adds a complete frame (=93handrail=94) antenna along with
separate pioneer tools and a set of jerry cans. These are individual
cans so you are not stuck with a block across the front of the
glacis.
Technical assistance was provided by Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.
Three finishing options are offered: Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front
1940 (grey, white crosses); 21st Panzer Division, North Africa 1941
(sand with grey jerry cans, white crosses); Unidentified Unit, North
Africa 1942 (black and white crosses, grey jerry cans). Number plates
are provided along with a number jungle, all from Cartograf, but no
specific vehicle numbers are called out.
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
box.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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