Semi-chenillé Blindé du Génie Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Pionier-Geräte-Panzerwagen

Revue de la Maquette ESCI au 1/72

Semi-chenillé Blindé du Génie Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Pionier-Geräte-Panzerwagen, 1/72 Maquette ESCI 8343

A simple conversion du véhicule de transport de troupes chenillé standard, used as an armoured engineer equipment carrier in Panzer-Pionier bataillons. The véhicule operated avec a reduced crew in order to make room for engineering stores. The bridge sections mounted on the superstructure would have to be deployed manually, they are long enough to span a 2 meter gap. The kit is the same as the véhicule de transport de troupes standard produced by ESCI, avec eight additional parts for the bridge, et a set of Panzer-Pionier decals.


Pionier-Geräte-Panzerwagen et Crew Figure

  • Type: semi-chenillé blindé du génie
  • Longueur: 5.80 m
  • Largeur: 2.10 m
  • Hauteur: 2.10 m
  • Poids: 8 900 kg (7 400 kg empty)
  • Vitesse: 52.5 km/h
  • Armement: 2 mitrailleuses
  • Équipage: conducteur + 7 hommes
  • Production: 1939–1944


  • Scale model avec excellent detail. The véhicule is covered avec cast-on rivets, hinges, tools, et other small parts which can be accentuated by drybrushing.
  • The running gear consists of interlocking road wheels avec plastic track sections et individual track links glued on. The entire chassis consumed 67 parts, compared avec only 35 for the superstructure. The Schützen-Panzerwagen had 55 links on the left, et 56 on the right track, but our model needed 57 on both sides. Plastic track requires a little more work than the old rubber tracks, but the result is far more realistic. Once the plastic track is glued into place, it stays there. Rubber track had a tendency to slip off, et it was difficult to glue.
  • The model can be built as a véhicules de transport de troupes standard, simply be leaving the bridge sections and the mounting brackets off. The spare bridge could then be used in a diorama. Joueurs de guerre may want to keep the bridge sections accessible, et ready for action. There are small pegs on the mounting brackets, which secure the bridge even if it’s not glued on permanently.
  • The decals cover two different véhicules from the same unit, named Büffel 1, et Elch 2. A novel concept, et reason enough to build them both, one avec the bridge deployed, the other in reserve. Marquages d’unité are particularly important for joueurs de guerre who want to build entire platoons, et companies of véhicules using the same kit. Manufacturers interested in selling more than one véhicule of a particular type need to think big, et nurture the megalomaniac in everyone of us. Why would anyone build a single tank a l’échelle 1/72, if they can have a whole platoon of them, avec the proper turret numbers, different crew figurines, et combat stowage to customize each véhicule. At the very least, manufacturers need to consider publishing additional decal sets, véhicule crew, et accessory packs compatible avec their own range of kits.
  • The rear hatch can be modelled avec open ou closed doors.
  • Compatible avec Hasegawa, Italeri, Revell, et CDC.
  • Care must be taken to push the rear of the fenders down onto the tracks as far as the pegs will allow. Otherwise, the fenders tend to ride up on the hull side, causing them to flare out in the rear. As a result, the véhicule scales out 204 mm wider than it should be. Véhicule length, height, et track gauge are scaled correctly.
  • One disadvantage of using the same model for a number of véhicule variants is that any crew figurines supplied avec the kit are identical, resulting in some unwanted uniformity. modélistes, collectionistes, et joueurs de guerre crave variety in figurine poses. So much so, that manufacturers can make a lot of money by supplying boxes of additional équipage de véhicule in hard plastic. At the very least, separate head variants should be included in a model kit, encouraging the modéliste to swap heads frequently. The machine gunner supplied avec ESCI’s Schützen-Panzerwagen, et all of its variants, is probably one of the more versatile crew figurines on the market. His pose would be typical for a gunner involved in a firefight. Alas, the man is marred by a mould line which runs right across his forehead, destroying the typical shape du casque d’acier allemand. Off avec his head! ESCI offers a nice selection of heads in soft plastic figurine sets d’infanterie allemande. One of these heads can be attached to the machine gunner, using a short peg of 0.6 mm pianowire to secure it.
  • The manual recommends painting the véhicule Panzergrey (67) overall, but the camouflage pattern shown on the box cover looks much more attractive. Since the cover art is what sells many customers on the kit, we would have liked to see a scale drawing of the pattern.

Déploiement Historique

  • Armoured Engineer Equipment Carrier, 1939 – Mai 1945

Possibilités de Conversions

  • Sd.Kfz. 251 m.Schützen-Panzerwagen véhicule de transport de troupes, 1939 – Mai 1945
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/2 Granatwerfer-Wagen (80 mm) Mortar Carrier, 1939 – Mai 1945
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/5 Pionier-Schützen-Panzerwagen VTT du Génie, 1939 – Mai 1945
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/6 Kommando-Panzerwagen Commandemen/Véhicule Radio
    with frame antenna and radio mast at the right rear, 1939 – Mai 1945

The armoured engineer equipment carrier Sd.Kfz. 251/7 is an interesting variant du Schützen-Panzerwagen véhicule de transport de troupes standard. Marquages pour deux véhicules of the same unit are supplied, encouraging the modéliste to create a diorama, ou a wargame scenario involving both of them. ESCI offers six of the 24 variants of the Sd.Kfz. 251 series, covering the most important combat types. Others, like the mortar, radio, et assault gun carrier, require relatively little conversion of the basic véhicule de transport de troupes.

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