Sd.Kfz. 231: Fall Weiß

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Raoul Kunz
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Sd.Kfz. 231: Fall Weiß

Post by Raoul Kunz »

And here we go again!

Now that the 251 is done its time to approach the other group build topic: armoured cars! :D

And because I'm evidently insane I've chosen the most complicated inter-war design I could find: the Sd.Kfz. 231 8-wheel reconnaissance car... which is quite idiotic at this early phase in that it doesn't have a radio... :shock:
Given that the mechanized version of the Bewegungskrieg (war of movement) we know (ahistorically as a matter of fact, I recommend reading Mr. Citino on the subject) as "Blitzkrieg" pretty much relied on having a maximum density of radios available you'd kind of expect the very edge of any advance to have one available... not having a radio in a reconnaissance vehicle almost seems to defeat it's declared purpose...

But to compensate it has an insanely complex suspension, 8-wheel-steering, driver stations in both directions, a turret with both a 2cm KwK and a MG-13 (a somewhat distant predecessor of the MG-34, through the MG-30, which the only real difference being that it's heavier and magazine fed utilizing 25-round box-magazines; also used in the Panzer I Ausf.A) and a size and silhouette worthy of a medium tank... :lol:

Here's the box and what's in it (and plenty much there is, excepting a complete engine, this kit has a complete interior - which sadly is somewhat wasted on my build since it won't be all opened up, though a little might be visible eventually)=>
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Also utilized in this build will be a Miniart base I had lying around for ages - it would almost be a shelf queen if it where a kit :lol: =>
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As usual I started with the turret, if there is one it'S always the first thing I built... somehow it gives the rest purpose... I know, I know - I'm weird :lol: .
I used RB barrels for both guns. The MG-34 barrel is similar enough to the MG-13 that it doesn't matter at this scale =>
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Did I mention that the suspension is insanely complicated?=>
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Next up is the body with some, though not all, interior.



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Are you going to articulate the steering Raoul? Seen some great shots of 8 wheeled recon vehicles with the wheels all pointing in crazy directions!

Those RB barrels are nice, just installed the same MG34 barrel on my 222 build.
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Nice one Raoul. I can see there is a lot of parts but what's your opinion on the fit so far? :)

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I quit, giving up, see you all later, I'm not worthy for the site anymore. :lol: You are all making me look bad getting all your builds done and I am not moving forward at all. Plus now I am back in school working on a Bachelor Degree :o :o So even less time for me.


Back to you Raoul- The barrels look great. I will be following for sure.

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Are you going to articulate the steering Raoul? Seen some great shots of 8 wheeled recon vehicles with the wheels all pointing in crazy directions!
I don't know yet, depends on how the steering setup is manageable but given the overall fit it should be doable though no promises :lol: .
I can see there is a lot of parts but what's your opinion on the fit so far?
Errr...yeah...should have mentioned it... :oops: The fit is beautiful... it does have a ton of small parts but they all fit right in, no fiddling, no frustration! :mrgreen:
I quit, giving up, see you all later, I'm not worthy for the site anymore. :lol: You are all making me look bad getting all your builds done and I am not moving forward at all.
Sorry! :oops: Please remember that currently I'm pretty much on "holiday", I'm only at university on two days because of recuperation and stuff, you on the other hand are earning a Bachelors Degree in addition to everything! If there's anyone unworthy it's me! ;)


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Another sleepless night (bloody, pardon me, BLOODY Tramadol! :lol: ) means time to kill that I don't waste doing useless stuff like, oh I don't know, sleeping all night - who needs that?! We'll sleep when we're dead!... :lol:

I built some of the interior, just to see how the fit is, and I can safely report that it's great, if ever so slightly too small for my ham-handedness :lol: =>
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Now here's two pics of the upper hull and I won't bother you with the build details because it's... fiddly. Instead I will attach on pic of the instructions which should say more than a thousand typed words :? :lol: =>
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And finally here's the current state of the build (not glued or anything) =>
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Another couple of days without sleep and I should be done with the whole dio! :lol:

Yeah, I know, self-pity isn't pretty...hey that rhymes... roughly... I think my sleep deprivation shows :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Take the tramadol, Raoul

Sleep good, building all night BAD :lol:

Get the Pz IV D out, that will send you to sleep :lol:

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Post by Vlad Seabrook-Smith »

Hubba Hubba Raoul!!!!

Keep taking the druuuugss maaaaann!!!!!!!!!!!

cos if that's your output :shock:

I do love the 8 leggers, this looks a peach too, are we to see another feline?
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For pretty much an OOB build the kit has fantastic detail. Following this one with interest as have a soft spot for wheeled armoured vehicles.

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Vlad Seabrook-Smith wrote:Hubba Hubba Raoul!!!!

Keep taking the druuuugss maaaaann!!!!!!!!!!!

cos if that's your output :shock:

I do love the 8 leggers, this looks a peach too, are we to see another feline?
I think Dr Seabrook- Smith has rather stolen my lines.

Tramadol should be sedating Raoul :?: :?: I'm missing that bit.

I think you are building this fast to increase Shawn's psychic pain :o

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