This item is an injection-plastic military vehicle model kit.
The Sd.Kfz 221 was developed in 1934 for the German Army as a light armoured reconnaissance car. The design was largely undertaken by Eisenwerk, using the chassis and engine of the Horch 801 heavy car. Armour on the early production version was 8mm, and the car was fitted with a small turret mounting a 7.92mm MG34 Spandau machine gun. Power was provided by a Horch V-8 3.5 litre engine of 90 hp, giving a top speed of 85km/h. The chassis and engine were manufactured by Auto Union and the cars were finished by Schichau and Niedersachsen factories. Later cars had 14mm armour and a wire mesh cover to the top of the turret. The cars were issued to the reconnaissance troops of Panzer and Infantry divisions from 1935 onwards. The Sd.Kfz 221 was used during the campaigns in Poland and France in its basic form. To against the light tanks, many Sd.kfz 221 were armed with 7.92mm PzB39 during combat. Up-armoured cars were used later in Russia and North Africa, though the more heavily armed Sd.Kfz 222 was preferred. Production of the series continued until 1944, but in service many were replaced by the Sd Kfz 250 half track because of its superior cross country performance. From 1942, the 2.8cm sPzB41 was mounted in the modified turret, and this extended the service life of the Sd.Kfz 221 until the end of the war.
About the model
Includes: Plastic Sprues, Photoetch, Metal, Waterslide decals.
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