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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sd.Kfz. 247/B Sovereign 2000 - 1/35 - in box review

The Sd.Kfz. 247 was an armored command car used by the Germany during World War II. Ten were built before the war of a six-wheeled model (Ausf. A) and 58 were built during the war of a four-wheeled model, the Ausf. B. The proper name was schwerer geländegängiger gepanzerter Personenkraftwagen (Heavy All-Terrain Armoured Motor Vehicle).

 The Sd.Kfz. 247 had an open-topped, thinly-armored body placed on a wheeled chassis. It was unarmed as its six-man crew was not intended to fight. Rather it was intended for use by the commanders of motorcycle and motorized reconnaissance battalions, although neither version was fitted with any radios. Its armor was intended to stop 7.92-millimetre (0.312 in) armor-piercing bullets at ranges over 30 metres (33 yd). Photographic evidence shows some Ausf. B vehicles were retro-fitted with a star-shaped radio antenna, mounted inside the crew compartment, and an additional armor plate bolted to the lower glacis of the hull.

Ausf. B

Daimler-Benz built 58 of these in 1941—42 on a 4 x 4 heavy car chassis (s.Pkw. Typ 1c). The front-mounted engine was an 8-cylinder, 3.823 litres (233.3 cu in) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). It had a maximum range of 400 kilometres (250 mi).

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

 It's about a multimedia kit made in scale 1/35 by "Sovereign 2000". There are 13 resin and 36 white metal parts.
All the resin parts are very nice moulded by high quality resin with excellent details (for resin model). Maybe a little patience will be necessary for trimming these resin parts from the casting blocks.

The white metal parts are very nice moulded too but some parts like the shovel or the jack it would better to replace them by other plastic or resin parts due their forms

 This Sovereign 2000's item is an excellent resin made kit about the rare Sd.Kfz. 247B (maybe the only 1/35 kit about this vehicle) which need a little of experience about handling resin parts. 

 The only negative if you ask me is the lack of depth at the cloth hood's windows.

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