Tamiya 1/35 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen 8-Rad SdKfz232 WIP

The heavy Panzerspähwagen was a large and ungainly but very fast addition to the German mobile arsenal of the early war years. The original 6-rad (6 wheeled) versions were based on a 6x4 truck with armoured body, but by 1937 they were being replaced by the 8-rad versions. During the replacement, the Sd.Kfz numbers were carried directly over; differentiation is made by the addition of 6-Rad or 8-Rad (Ger: "6 wheel" or "8 wheel") in the vehicle name.
These vehicles first saw combat with the campaign against Poland and in the Battle of France. The radio communication cars proved their ability in infantry support, especially during street fighting. Later they saw use in both the USSR and North Africa. Extreme climatic conditions in both these areas proved too severe for the vehicle. In the USSR, adverse ground conditions immobilized 150 Sd.Kfz 232s during the first wet season of the campaign. In the desert, heat and sand created some maintenance problems. Still, the eight-wheeled cars turned out to be the best vehicles that Rommel had for long range reconnaissance across the wide desert territory.

from: Wikipedia

Tamiya first released the Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 8-Rad Sd.Kfz.232 (kit #35036) back in 1974 and was quite a detailed kit for its day with separate suspension components and nicely done hull/turret details.

from: www.perthmilitarymodelling.com


here's the transmission and leaf springs. lots of mold lines that still needs to be trimmed.

construction of the suspensions.

also assembled the wheels and underguard.

fixed all the components of the lower hull and hatches.