Saturday, July 24, 2010

Deutscher Panzerspähwagen

Here are some images of Tamiya's 1/35 scale Sd Kfz 223 light armored reconnaissance vehicle. From Wikipedia "

The Leichter Panzerspähwagen (German: roughly "Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle") were a series of light four-wheel drive armoured cars produced by Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

They were developed by Eisenwerk Weserhütte of Bad Oeynhausen. Chassis were built by Auto Union in Zwickau and assembled by F. Schichau of Elbing and Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen in Hanover-Linden.

It used the standard sPkw I Horch 801 (heavy car) chassis with an angled armoured body and turret.

The rear mounted engine was a 67 kW (90 hp) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a cross-country speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). It had a maximum range of 300 km (186 mi).

Used by the reconnaissance battalions (Aufklärungs-Abteilung) of the Panzer divisions, the type performed well enough in countries with good road networks, like those in Western Europe. However, on the Eastern Front and North Africa, this class of vehicle was hampered by its relatively poor off-road performance. In those theaters, it gradually found itself replaced in the reconnaissance role by the Sdkfz 250 half-track. The Sdkfz 250/9 was the Sdkfz 250 with the same turret as the Sdfkz 222.

The Sdkfz 222 was examined by Soviet designers before they created the similar BA-64 light armoured car.

Front and sides were made of 8 mm (0.3 in) steel; thinner 5 mm (0.2 in) plates protected the top, rear, and bottom. Cast vision ports later replaced ports cut into the armour. The open topped turret was fitted with wire mesh anti-grenade screens.

Deutscher Panzerspähwagen

A radio car version, armed like the 221 with a 7.92 mm MG34 machine gun. Included additional radio equipment, and had a large "bed-frame" antenna over the vehicle. Over 500 of the SdKfz 223 were produced.


Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Looks like the sun of the desert.
Beautiful vehicle and kit.

Warren Zoell said...

Thank you Pablo. Correct me if I am wrong but do you run a hobby shop?

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Yes, In Canary Island, I have a traditional shop with static model kits, aerografic works, cars 1/18, puzzles and more things.
Nowadays it is a hard, burocratic and plenty of tax work, but it is my hobby...

Warren Zoell said...

At least you're doing what you love and that's the main thing.

Arkonbey said...

That's a very nice build.

The only armor guy in my model group is building one of these up. He put in a resin interior that cost as much as the model. (this is a guy who bought those metal track links for a Tamiya Tiger, as well. Craziness!)

Warren Zoell said...

I think we're all like that with certain kits .