Monday, July 11

Preview: le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) in 35th scale from Das Werk...

A popular but hard to get kit, re-released with new decals is always good to see come for modellers. In a collaboration with a well-known model manufacturer, Das Werk gives us their version of the le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) in 35th scale for modellers who missed out on "earlier" releases. See the info we have in our preview...

Preview:  le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) in 35th scale from Das Werk...

le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) 
DW35029
1/35th scale
Photo-etch parts included
Available (Only in Europe): End of August 2022
The Subject: le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu)
The Sd.Kfz. 250 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 250; 'special motor vehicle') was a light armoured half-track, very similar in appearance to the larger Hanomag-designed Sd.Kfz. 251, and built by the DEMAG firm, for use by Nazi Germany in World War II. Most variants were open-topped and had a single access door in the rear.

Leichter Schutzenpanzer Sd.Kfz.250/1 number 102
Eastern Front, 1944.
The Sd. Kfz 250 was adopted in 1939 to supplement the standard half-track. Production delays meant that the first vehicle did not appear until mid-1941.

SdKfz 250 neu light armoured halftracks Balkans 1943
The le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) weighed in at just over 5 tons, and it was manufactured by Demag from the end of June 1943 for the German Wehrmacht of World War Two. The "Neu" had room for six soldiers and was equipped with two MG 34s with 2010 rounds, was later produced by a total of four different companies.

The SdKfz 250 ausf B neu Balkans 1943
The Kit: le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) in 35th scale from Das Werk...
Das werk say that hey have produced this kit in conjunction with a "well-known model manufacturer" - which most probably means Dragon (we think). Which to us isn't a bad thing, as these kits are extremely hard to find nowadays, and this kit will have four new marking choices included in the box.

- Staff vehicle SS group leader Carl Friedrich Graf von PĆ¼ckler-Burghauss, Bohemia 1945
- 2nd Panzer Division, France 1944
- 1st SS Panzer Division "LAH"
- Unknown unit, Russia, 1944
The decal sheet for this kit includes stencilling and instrument gauge dials...
The le.SPW Sd.Kfz.250/1 Ausf.B (neu) kit number DW35029 has been shown to us in CAD form also that enlightens us a little as to its features. Das Werk themselves say that the kit will feature single track links.
Open hull interior and engine included Weapons and accessories included - a good thing as it is completely open to the viewer of the kit.
Photo-etched parts for the finer extra details of the kit are also included. It is good to see that the large rear cargo/ troop door can be built opened & closed.
 
This kit has already been previewed by Christian from Modellbau-Koenigin in German language, Even if you cannot speak German, you can still glean a lot from the preview he has done. 

It is already up for pre-order on the MBK Website for 42.95 € at this link

You can find out more information on this kit, or where to pre-order it from the Das Werk Website