Hobby Boss 1/35 Sd.Kfz.254 Tracked Armored Scout Car Kit First Look
By Dave Manter
|Date of Review||September 2012||Manufacturer||Hobby Boss|
|Subject||Sd.Kfz.254 Tracked Armored Scout Car||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||82491||Primary Media||Styrene, Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Nice detailing, unique subject||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$51.99|
From 1936, the RR7 was developed by Sauer as an artillery tractor for the Austrian army. Testing was completed and in 1937 an order was placed for the tractors which were manufactured in 1938. About 12 vehicles were made prior to "Anschluss". After Austria was incorporated into Germany in 1938, the vehicle continued to be manufactured. Records indicate that a total of 140 units were built. The new designator for Germany was Sd.Kfz.254. Notable features of this tank were its wheel-cum-track layout and a diesel motor.
The kit consists of over 576 parts on 22 sprues including the upper and lower hulls. There are also 60 photo etch detail parts and 4 rubber tires. Markings are included for 2 vehicles, one in gray and one in tan. All of the parts are very well molded and no flash is present. Detail is really nice overall. The track links are small, but look like they will fit well. Due to the number needed, these will take you the most time to assemble. The kit allows you to build the wheels up (for track running) or down (for wheel running). According to the instructions these will remain movable after assembly. The parts are pretty delicate and will probably need to be fixed in place.
Construction appears to be pretty straight forward. One nice feature is that the armored visor covers can be built open as they feature all of the interior details. All hatches can be built opened or closed.
Another unique vehicle from HobbyBoss! All parts are so well molded that this one should be an enjoyable, fun build.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!