Monday, August 22, 2016

Slow and Steady

Progress has been rather slow as of late due to scheduling conflicts and the works.  With my wedding only a few weeks out, I trust that it will only become a little more hectic!

I managed to get the initial coat of the washable sand applied to the Alte.  I'm in the midst of creating a full-length tutorial that will be published here in the next week or so.

Additionally, I broke out the dremel and decided to refit the 88mm to the PZ IV by lowering the deck down a bit.  I'm still on the fence with adding the shield (even though the rules give it to you) as I've seen the actual vehicle with and without the shield in place.  If did add the shield, it does obstruct the gun's ability to swivel.  I'll make a decision soon enough.

Thanks for looking,


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

And so it begins!

I'll be creating a step by step-by-step turorial of how to paint Rubicon's 250/1 Alte.  Despite the heat and humidity of yesterday evening, I managed to get a good application of Alclad black primer on the model.  I did have to contend a bit with the dreaded orange peel effect as my garage is rather warm, but I was able to knock it off with a light scrubbing with an old toothbrush.

Now to let it cure and I can begin the actual painting process!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rubicon’s Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.250

(SdKfz 250/1 Alte) – A Review


Today’s review is of one of Rubicon’s newly-released kits, the Sd.Kfz.250/1 Alte or SdKfz.253.  The “two-option” kit gives you the ability to create two interesting variants of a small, yet effective, transport.

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The German army was a fan of motorized transportation for its army.  Many different kinds of vehicles were developed in the inter-war period and with the outbreak of the Second World War, various vehicles such as the Sd.Kfz.250 were used to hold and increase the Axis Powers’ reach over territory.

The Sd.Kfz.250 was conceived in 1939 upon the request for a small, yet armored, transport to fulfill multiple rolls on the battlefield.  The Sd.Kfz.250 was given a 6 cylinder Maybach, 4.17-liter gasoline engine capable of delivering 100 horsepower for its size.  The engine was able to produce roughly a 17.2 to ton horsepower ratio.

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Given its size, the Sd.Kfz.250 was capable of transporting half a platoon and could be outfitted to meet various roles.  The angled armor, while only 8mm to 10mm thick, served as sufficient armor and bullet deflection towards small-arms fire.  The roof of the driving compartment was usually outfitted with a ring to mount a pintled MG 34, however necessity would later see the Sd.Kfz.250 being equipped with forward mounted anti-tank guns and anti-aircraft defense.  Aside from fighting roles, the Sd.Kfz.250 also served as a great transport for medical personnel, recon work, artillery observers, and was even sported by Erwin Rommel himself in the popular Sd.Kfz.250 designated as “Greif”.

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Rubicon’s depiction of the Sd.Kfz.250 comes neatly packed in an attractive box that doesn’t kid you with what it holds.  Aside from the great box art, the rear of the box gives you a brief history of the vehicle as well as examples of two different layouts of the kit: the Sd.Kfz.250 or the SdKfz.253.  For my sake, I will be building the kit as the Sd.Kfz.250 version and will be doing a bit of a kit-bash by adding my own Pak 36 to the top of the kit.  (Rubicon will be releasing a version with a 28mm schwere Panzerbüchse later on, but I enjoy modifying my own vehicles and I admit, I’m tad bit impatient.)  Let’s get on with the unboxing.

Out of the gate, you’ll see that the kit arrives in two packaged sprues; there’s really not much to this kit at all for how well it turns out.  Again, you’ll see that each sprue comes individually packaged to avoid any pieces escaping during transit.  Along with the sprues, you get a set of detailed instructions as well as a sheet of decals.  Prior to building, be sure to look at the instructions.  The kit is designed to be made into two different variants, you’ll see steps being explained with alternate parts.  Rubicon is very good about telling you which steps to follow for either a) or b) model, but it’s good to be aware of this.

The instructions start off with having you build the support structure of the vehicle.  You begin by pre-drilling holes in the formidable fenders.  From there, you attach each fender to the sloping sides of the vehicle.  Rubicon placed shallow slits in the side of the slopes so that the fenders lock slightly in place with the aid of some plastic glue.

With the sides in place, the instructions whisk you away to the trademark German suspension arms.  For the sake of your sanity, Rubicon made the lower assembly, arms, and drive into one simple piece for each side!  After applying each suspension arm assembly to its corresponding side, it’s time to move onto the fully detailed interior and the first-of-its-kind in 1:56 scale: a smiling German driver.

From here, the instructions go pretty in-depth about how to build the fully detailed interior.  The kit provides many different options and bits to be included on the interior racks.  For my sake, I put the driver in as a test fit and filled out only a couple of the racks as I intend to outfit the interior with a couple of crew members.

At this point, I went off the rails from Rubicon’s instructions as I intend to use a forward-mounted 28mm schwere Panzerbüchse on the driver’s roof.  As Rubicon’s rendition of the gun isn’t out yet, I scavenged one from a Warlord Hanomag kit.  With my setup, this armored behemoth will fill the “armored car” slot in my DAK army at 135 pts.  Sure, it may die relatively quick during some games (Steven, I loathe your mortars), but with the 28mm schwere Panzerbüchse, it’s capable of delivering a bad news and then exiting faster (thanks recce!) than I did at a restaurant during a bad date four years back.

Outfitted with the 28mm schwere Panzerbüchse, the Sd.Kfz.250 was ready to be outfitted with its means of propulsion.  Once again, Rubicon saves your sanity by molding the interlaced wheels and tracks together!  With the wheels and tracks in place on the arms, the application of two final road wheels on each side (to secure each wheel and track assembly to the body) mark the completion of the kit.

For a comparison, here’s how the Sd.Kfz.250 compares to a Stummel Hanomag.

This kit was a great, and very quick build.  It combines detail with practicality to create a great model.  Well done Rubicon.

If you enjoyed the review, feel free to leave a comment below as it really helps the site out.  Additionally, if you'd like to pick up this reduced-fat version of a Hanomag, head on over to Rubicon or follow this link to the direct listing.

I’ll be following up with this post as I begin to paint the Sd.Kfz.250.  In a future post, I will be reviewing one of Warlord’s kits: the 88 Flak!  Until next time, have a great one.