65 sand coloured plastic parts on one sprue,
decals for four vehicles, a 5 page fold-out A5 sized instruction sheet
with history, 6 build drawings and 2 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
There are also extra parts and instructions to build the kit as a
Highly detailed and reasonably accurate. As
good as its competitors and easier to build
Could do with more interior detail
four basic models of the second generation German WW II Eight
Wheeled Armoured Car. The 234/1, 2, 3 and 4. The differences between
variances have been covered elsewhere.
also three manufacturers producing these vehicles in 1/72 scale
plastic. Roden has already done the /1, /2, and /3 as have Hasagawa,
I believe. This 234/3 is the second from Italeri after the 234/2
Puma. No-one has as yet produced the 4. All of these kits from all
of these manufacturers have their benefits and disadvantages, and
their level of detail and accuracy is about the same.
This kit from Italeri is NOT one of the Ex-Esci kits that they have
been re-releasing over the last year or so, but a completely new
moulding although based on the Puma mould. Consequently, most of the
sprue is shared with the Puma and a bit tacked on the end with the
bits specifically for this model. It's a little bit simpler than the
kits from the other makers, mainly in the suspension and gun where
parts that are separate in the others are joined together to make
just one part. This means its a bit “builder friendlier” than the
others but the essential detail is still there so I think this is a
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interior is much the same as the others with two driving positions
and the gun and not much else although the gun is missing some
detail such as training wheels etc. Of course, if some figures are
placed in the fighting compartment, you won't see much of the
Externally, again it's like the others but all the guard equipment
hatches are moulded closed. All the photos you will see of these
Eight Rad cars have the guard mounted items in different places as
if it's the crews who decide where, so I would suggest working from
a reference as to the placement of this gear.
Suspension looks as detailed as the others as are the wheels but
with no sink marks as in the Roden kits.
As with all the new mould Braille Armour kits from Italeri, it can
be built in a simplified manor for War Gaming with some extra parts
supplied on the sprue. This involves an extra parts plan showing
which parts are not to be used and a build diagram showing where the
extra parts go. Put simply, the suspension is deleted and replaced
by four axles which go through the chassis and the deletion of all
the guard mounted equipment.
The excellent decals give marking for four vehicle, all on the
Western Front in 1944. the first two are in Dark Yellow over-all and
then two in the Three Colour Scheme. All appropriate marking are
supplied with individual number-plates for each vehicle.
If your hobby shop has all three of these, the Italeri would
definitely be the easiest to build although the other two will be
slightly more detailed - but not by much!