SdKfz 250/4 Ausf A Leichter Truppenluftschutzpanzerwagen
This kit got a "first look" review here: http://www.amps-armor.org/SiteReviews/ShowReview.aspx?id=4067. Now we're on to the full build review.
"Leichter Truppenluftschutzpanzerwagen" What in the world does that mean? It translates to "Troops' air defense armored car" In other words, an Anti Aircraft Gun mounted on a SDKFZ 250/4.
This was a nice kit to build. There is a nice photo etch set that gives you some screens, ammo boxes and other items. It went together well. The magic tracks went together easily too.
It is you basic step-by-step build for the SdKfz 250 series half-track. The fist step has you building the wheels and sprockets.
In steps 2 & 3 you will add the idler arms to the chassis.
Step 4 has you adding the wheels to the chassis.
In step 5 you are instructed to build the magic tracks and attach them, here I opted to wait.
Steps 6 & 7 has you adding the the front wheel assembly and the front tires. I opted to wait on the tires until after they were painted.
Step 8 you begin building the interior, starting with the driver's compartment and attaching it to the lower chassis.
Next up (step 9) is the engine block. So far the build is your basic assembly and not too difficult. One oddity is that the instructions have you build the engine, but not attach it to the model. Then, later, in Step 19 of the instructions, the engine is shown installed in the engine compartment. The modeler is never told when or how to attach it there.
In steps 10 and 11 the dashboard and rear compartment are built and attached to the lower hull. In step 11 the transmission is built and attached to the center console area.
In steps 12, 13, 14 and 15 you are building the "Zwilling MG34s", attach them to the pedestal. Then you attach them to the rear compartment. Be careful here - there are some small PE parts, have some patience with this part and don't rush it.
In step 16 you will build the sides and attach them to the chassis. There are slots and attachment pins that make this easy.
In steps 17 and 18 you will build the side rails and attach the tools and other items. Everything went on smoothly.
Step 19 has you attaching the side fenders. I was waiting until they were painted.
Steps 20, 21 and 22 haves you building the upper hull of the 250/4. This went together well.
I did not attach the upper hull as directed, because it needs to be left off until the interior is painted. I did however attach the shield from step 24 here.
Step 23 has you attaching the upper and lower sections, but I waited until they were painted.
In step 24 with the lower and upper sections attached together you add the rear door and section, again i waited until it was all painted. this concludes the building part of the 250/4.
Below, here are all my subassemblies ready for painting.
Below, everything primed with a dark primer.
And here everything is assembled and painted.
Decals and weathering added.
This was a nice kit to build and it was fairly straight forward. The directions were good except for the engine part that I mentioned above. The Magic Tracks went together well and fit nicely. I would definitely recommend this kit.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Dragon Models for this review kit.
Reviewed by Frank Froment
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