May 16, 2010 By:

nº12 – Altaya Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf.D

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12.SS-Pz.Div. “Hitlerjugend” Falaise (France) – 1944

Ficha Técnica:
Crew 12 .
2 MG 34 (7,92mm)
300 Km range.

The Sd.Kfz.251 is one of the most distinctive vehicles of the war. It was produced in many versions throughout the conflict. Option C was the one that occurred in greater numbers, but it was a car quite difficult to build because I had sloped armor. The D variant had a more streamlined design and is easily recognizable by their tilted back in one piece (with flat doors). His purpose, a light armored capable of carrying a platoon of into the combat action.

Many variants were produced for special purposes, including anti-aircraft, light mortars, anti-tank guns and mortars or rockets without major guiding mechanisms, as well as a version equipped with an infrared spotlight to mark targets and direct fire from Panther tanks equipped with infrared detectors, a real advancement of the time. This model in practice did not cover all the needs of the German army. There were few panzer grenadier divisions that were equipped with trucks and not armored half-tracks.

I tried to age a bit the model retaining its original camouflage, but the washes skated on the metal surface, so the result was much worse than in the case of the M4A3 Sherman. The machine guns have the surplus clips from the Dragon model.