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Sd.Kfz.234/1

Roden 1/72 Sd.Kfz.234/1 Kit First Look

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review February 2005 Manufacturer Roden
Subject Sd.Kfz.234/1 Scale 1/72
Kit Number 0703 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Great details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $7.98

First Look

Sd.Kfz.234/1
Sd.Kfz.234/1

The kit comes in an end-opening type box. The box art shows a Sd.Kfz.234/1 tooling along a road, just before it passes through a battle damaged gate in the road. There appears to be snow on the ground and the turret has a canvas cover over the top of it.

The back of the box has a full color 3-view of a camouflage scheme and markings for a vehicle serving with the 4 th Panzer Division, Gdansk, Feb. – March 1945. Below this 3-view are color patches calling out Humbrol brand paint colors. A warning also appears here that the kit is not intended for kids under 3, as it holds small parts that they may inject. The two side panels of the box give a short paragraph history of the vehicle in 7 languages (including English).

The contents of the kit consist of 2 medium gray trees of parts and 2 black trees. There is also a square of nylon screen, to use on the turret (a pattern for cutting the sections to fit the turret is given in the instructions). The decal sheet and small instruction booklet complete the kits contents.

The largest tree in the kit, letter B is identical to the same tree in Roden’s kit of the Puma (reviewed elsewhere on this site). The 2 identical black trees are the same too. Only the smaller of the two medium gray trees is new…it holds the turret and 20mm cannon unique to this version of the vehicle.

Letter B is all the parts for the body of the vehicle plus a spare tire.(31 parts)

The letter A trees hold the wheels, leaf springs, a shovel, suspension parts, some jerry cans etc. (51 parts per tree).

Letter E tree is the turret parts and the 20mm cannon parts etc. (16 parts)

The piece of nylon screen and the decal sheet and instruction booklet complete the contest as already mentioned.

There are no crew figures provided in the kit.

The small instruction booklet consists of 8 pages.

Page one gives the history of the vehicle in 3 languages (including English).

Page 2 is the parts tree drawings.

Page 3 begins with “Attention – Useful Advice” in 3 languages (including English), followed by international assembly symbol translations.

Pages 4 through 7 give us a total of 15 assembly steps.

Page 8 is the same paint scheme as was already given in full color on the back of the box, but this time in black and white.

This kit looks like it will make up just as nice as Roden’s Puma did. Cutting the 6 sections out of the nylon screen square, for the turret, will be tricky…but the rest of the build should be straight forward.

My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!

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