The development of armored cars in Germany began in the late 1920s. In the mid-1930s, when Adolf Hitler brought the Nazis to power, the German army was quickly reorganized, and the terms of the Versailles Treaty were progressively broken. The Blitzkrieg concept demanded close co-operation between infantry and armored units and the role of the armored car was very important. The Bussing NAG factory developed its own design, which received the name ARW (Achtradwagen = eight-wheeled car). The first mass-produced machines of this type received the official designation Sd.Kfz.231 and reached units of the Panzer reconnaissance troops in late 1937, and one year later they took part in the annexation of Czechoslovakia. During the Blitzkrieg in 1940 these machines proved their importance in battles in Poland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. At the time of its introduction in 1937 the Sd.Kfz.231 was the most modern armored car of its time.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s recommended colors. Roden recommends Humbrol paints for this kit, and you can find the full line by clicking here.
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Skill Level: 3
- Highly detailed plastic parts
- Detailed hull, wheels and turret
- Illustrated instructions
- Includes decals for three versions:
1. Sd.Kfz.231 (8-rad) of the 15th Panzer Grenadiere Division, Italy, 1943
2. Sd.Kfz.231 (8-rad) of the SS- Infanterie Division “Reich”, Eastern Front, summer 1941
3. Sd.Kfz.231 (8-rad) of III Schutze Battalion of the “Hermann Goering” Regiment, Norway, 1940
*Cement is recommended for polystyrene plastic*
Matte Light Olive
Matte Natural Wood
Matte Tank Grey
German Camouflage Red Brown