Developed as a part of early German moves toward mechanization of their reconaissance units from the late 1920s onwards, the Sd.Kfz.231 was a heavy armored car that used the chassis of a 6-wheeled civilian truck as a base. Given sloped armor and armed with a 20mm main gun and 7.92 machine gun, it garnered a top speed of 62-70km/h from a 60-70hp gasoline engine. Driver seats were installed front and rear for quick mobility. Together with its frame aerial-equipped Sd.Kfz.232 cousin, around 130 were manufactured, and took part in fighting in Poland and France during the initial phases of WWII. Some of the Sd.Kfz.231s sent to France were seen with additional smoke dischargers fitted to the front of the body.
About the Model
★This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit of the German 6-Wheeled Heavy Armored Car Sd.Kfz.231. Length: 175mm, width: 60mm. ★It takes the classic Italeri kit of the Sd.Kfz.232, removes the frame aerial, and includes new and re-tooled parts to recreate the Sd.Kfz.231 with great realism. ★Comes with a high-quality turned aluminum gun barrel. ★New separate parts are used to recreate the turret-top anti-aircraft gun base and front smoke dischargers. ★2 fine weld lines have been added to the center section of the body. ★Now with upgraded and more secure fit for parts such as fender-top equipment. ★Offers a realistic depiction of the vehicle suspension, complete with steerable front wheels. ★Includes a commander figure with choice of headwear. ★The 2 included marking options recreate vehicles in Germany and France.
*Please note that this kit does not include Sd.Kfz.232 frame aerial parts.