During the conceptual planning of the Panzer Divisions, the need arose for an armoured transport capable of carrying infantry into battle. Development began en 1937 by fitting an armoured body designed by Büssing-NAG onto an existing chassis du semi-chenillé Sd.Kfz. 11. About 4,650 véhicules of Ausf. A, B, et C were produced from 1939 to 1943. The véhicule played a key role in providing immediate infantry support for the Panzer-Division.
Wartime materials shortages required that the production of véhicules be simplified. Accordingly, from 1943 until the end de la guerre, over 10,000 semi-chenillés blindés of the cheaper Ausf. D version were produced. The new véhicule had fewer individual armour plates than earlier versions, giving it a very different appearance.
The Sd.Kfz. 251 series of véhicules was designated m.Schtz.Pz.Wg., véhicule de transport de troupes moyen, et it saw service avec l’armée allemande on all fronts throughout the war. A lighter et shorter type existed, designated le.Schtz.Pz.Wg., which served as a véhicule de transport de troupes léger et véhicule de reconnaissance. A number of variants du véhicule de transport de troupes léger et moyen were developed, et they served in a wide range of roles, from ambulance to flame-thrower.
Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. D
- Type: Véhicule d’Appui d’Infanterie
- Longueur: 5.98 m
- Largeur: 2.10 m
- Hauteur: 1.75 m
- Poids: 8 000 kg
- Vitesse: 53 km/h
- Autonomie: 300 km
- Armement: 37 mm L.45 PaK 35/36
- Production: 1943–1945
- Bon choix de sujet. The late version Ausf. D was the most common Sd.Kfz. 251 type produced during the war, it quickly replaced the earlier versions offered by Fujimi et Matchbox. This particular variant, the Sd.Kfz. 251/10, is a support véhicule equipped d’un canon antichar de 37 mm. L’autochenille standard Schtz.Pz.Wg. et cette version antichar look outwardly similar, but the interior layout had to be adapted to provide stowage for the 37 mm ammunition.
- The kit consists of nine pieces, including some stowed gear. The interior contains a lot of detail, including crew et stowage, which is a challenge to paint.
- Minimal flash. There was a bit of extra material on the hull bottom which needed to be filed ou sawed off. Resin dust can be an irritant, it is important to use a facemask when filing et sanding this material.
- Compatible avec Airfix, Fujimi, Matchbox, Nitto, et VAC-U-CAST.
- As avec most resin kits, there are tiny air bubbles which need to be filled in, either avec putty ou extra layers of paint. Typically, these holes will only become visible after the véhicule has been primed for painting.
- The resin surface must be thoroughly washed avec a detergent before painting, because some paints don’t adhere as well to resin as they do other plastics. Best to test the paints on the underside of the véhicule, before the actual painting begins.
- Detail is not as raised as avec some plastic kits. Paint should be applied in a few thin layers to avoid obscuring the details.
- No assembly instructions. The few parts in this kit should be easy to assemble, particularly if a picture of the finished véhicule is available for reference.
- No decals included, these need to be scrounge from another model kits.
- The reviewer decided not to detail the kit much further, except for two scratchbuilt tow hooks which were added on the hull front. It would be a simple affair to add a radio antenna, headlights, the rear-mounted MG, infantry passengers, and other accessories.
- 37 mm PaK mounted on m.Schtz.Pz.Wg., 1943 – Mai 1945
Possibilités de Conversions
- Sd.Kfz. 251 m.Schützen-Panzerwagen, 1943 – Mai 1945
- Sd.Kfz. 251/2 Granatwerfer-Wagen (80 mm) Mortar Carrier, 1939 – Mai 1945
SMALL SCALE offers a growing range of véhicule models for miniature armour enthusiasts. La compagnie australienne accepts mail order, et it is likely that importers en Amérique du Nord et Europe will pick up the product line eventually. Le véhicule de transport de troupes Sd.Kfz. 251/10 Ausf. D is an important véhicule model for joueur de guerre et collectionistes. This late version was much more common than the earlier types produced by Fujimi, et Matchbox. This véhicule is a must-have for anyone interested in the period.
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