Sd.Kfz. 231 6 Rad
|Stock Number and Description||Italeri No 7046 Sd.Kfz 231 6 Rad|
|Media and Contents:||60 Dark Grey plastic parts on 1 sprue, decals for 4 vehicles plus a 4 page, fold-out, instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 8 build drawings and 2 pages of paint/decal diagrams.|
|Review Type:||First Look|
|Advantages:||Excellent detail and decals, no sink or ejector pin marks where it matters.|
|Disadvantages:||All hatches closed, very small amount of flash, dodgy colour callout|
The Sd Kfz 231 was not much more than a lightly armoured truck first issued to the German Arny in the early 1930s and replaced by better and more modern 4 and 8 wheeled vehicles just after the start of the Second World War. Although is was not very successful, it led to the design and manufacture of a whole host of highly useful vehicles.
This is a modified re-issue of the original Sd Kfz 232 6 Rad released by Italeri about 12 months ago. The difference is, the 232 6 Rad had an extra piece of sprue on the right-hand end which carried the frame aerial and mounts while this one has an extra piece on the left-hand which carries a turret mounted MG and some other small bits. The main part of the sprue frame is identical in both cases. A review of the 232 6 Rad can be found by following this link http://misc.kitreview.com/armourreviews/italeri7032reviewgp_1.htm
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All the parts are on the one sprue
including the extra bits for this vehicle. There are no sink marks
or ejector pin marks anywhere that will show after the kit is
assembled although there is a small amount of flash - nothing to
cause any concern. Of the three pioneer tools, two are moulded on
one of the guards (fenders) but the pick is a separate part. Care
will need to be taken as many parts are extremely fine. Italeri has
no qualms about moulding very small slim parts unlike some other kit
makers. My only criticism of the plastic is that all the hatches are
closed but it should not be too much of a task to open them if
Decals by Zanchetti Buccinasco are very good as usual with markings for four vehicles, all in the early war Panzer Grey. All are naturally German Army, three from unknown units, Germany 1938 and 39 and Poland 1939 plus the fourth from the 2nd Panzer Division, France 1940. Here is the only other fault I could find in this kit. The colour recommended for these vehicle is RLM 70.
Now, as far as I know, RLM 70, a
Luftwaffe colour, is known as Dark Green with I believe a slight
Grey tinge. I think these should be in Panzer Grey which is a Dark
Grey with a slight Blue tings and this is backed up by the box
artwork and by the Schwatrzgrau recommendation on the back of the
box. Never mind, the plastic and decals are very good and you can
paint it any colour you want, as long as it's Grey. Ahem!
It is good to see Italeri adding some more of their own moulding to the older but still very welcome Ex-Esci kits and what they have done so far is excellent in both detail and mould quality. It will be interesting to see what they will come up with next.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Text by Glen Porter
Page Created 13 May, 2007
Page Last Updated 12 May, 2007