A completed (non-railway) project

I’ve been taking a break from railways finishing this WWII German command car, Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf.B.

Wikipedia tells me…

Daimler-Benz built 58 of these in 1941—1942 on a four-wheel drive heavy car chassis (s.Pkw. Typ 1c). The front-mounted engine was an 8-cylinder, 3.823-litre (233.3 cu in) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). It had a maximum range of 400 km (250 mi).

The Sd.Kfz. 247 had an open-topped, thinly armored body mounted on a wheeled chassis. It was unarmed as its six-man crew was not intended to fight; rather, it was intended for use by the commanders of motorcycle and motorized reconnaissance battalions.

It’s an ICM 1/35 injection moulded kit, made in Ukraine, so it’s a worthy purchase.  Incredibly detailed, especially the chassis, and the interior, with seats and radio equipment.  It all fits together almost perfectly, though there are a couple of seams I should have filled.  I’ve learnt a few new tricks building it, not least washing and priming the plastic parts, then thinning the acrylic paint for a better finish.  I’m not really keen on an airbrush, but the finish isn’t too bad on this kit.  The next one I build will be weathered and washed to pick out the detail.

There will be a next one, but it’s (probably) back to railways now.

About snitchthebudgie

Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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