Kevin Smith, a professional modeller from the Four Corners Modelling Club, discusses his Dragon Models 1:35 Sd.Kfz 234/1 armoured car build

The internet is full of pictures of these vehicles that have had badly damaged rear wheel arches. This I couldn’t resist. The kit parts were used as a template for the scratch-built items

When first considering building the 1:35 scale Sd.Kfz 234/1 armoured car produced by Dragon Models Ltd, I spent some time researching the history of the vehicle in wartime.

In September 1943, an order was given in Germany that 50% of the overall Sd.Kfz 234s being produced weres to be mounted with the 2cm KwK38, following the completion of the 100 Sd.Kfz 234/1s. In June 1944, this was increased to 75%. The 234/1 had the same hull as the Sd.Kfz/2, but a different turret was mounted that resembled the short opentop turret of the Sd.Kfz 222, but it had a simpler, six-sided construction with thicker frontal armour, the designation for this turret was a 2cm Hagelafette, which roughly translates as ‘suspendedmount turret’.

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