Tuesday, January 30

16th scale Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (2in1 Regular & Command Version) from Das Werk

For all of you large scale lovers we have not forgotten about Das Werk's new Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma". We have CADs, marking choices & bonus crew figure to add to the boxart of this popular vehicle in our preview...

16th scale Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (2in1 Regular & Command Version) from Das Werk

Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (2in1 Regular & Command Version)
From Das Werk
Kit No #DW16006
1/16th scale
Price: 109.00 € on the MBK model site
The Subject: Sd.Kfz. 234/2 "Puma" Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 
The Sd.Kfz. 234 was a family of armored vehicles developed and built in Germany during World War II. The first and most famous version, the Sd.Kfz. 234/2, was equipped with a turret featuring a 5-cm KwK 39/1 tank gun and a coaxial MG 42.
This armament was originally intended for the VK 1602 Leopard, a planned tank in the Panzer II class. The switch to this armament was documented on July 1, 1942, and on November 2, 1943, the production of 100 vehicles with this equipment was announced. A total of 101 vehicles were manufactured between December 1943 and June 1944. The designation Sd.Kfz. 234/2 was used from March 1944.
A trio of German reconnaissance armored cars. In the foreground is this subject, the Sd. Kfz. 234/2 8-Rad "Puma", midground is an Sd. Kfz. 234/3 8-Rad and an unrecognized armored car in the background.
This version of the Sd.Kfz. 234, with its relatively strong armament for a reconnaissance vehicle, often tempted crews to engage in combat instead of just performing reconnaissance tasks.

The Kit:
We have some nice CADs of this kit providing some details of the makeup of the model, the figure and after that, the marking choices for the model, and the bonus commander figure sculpted for this kit.
Two different suspension options are provided in this kit...
Buildable as normal or command version, with the correct aerial provided. Stowage in the form of boxes and Jerry cans included in this kit.
Hatches can be built open/closed, as well as a metal barrel for the main gun included
Steering angle with all eight wheels as an option...
Photo-etched parts included & as a bonus the commander figure included in this kit.
There are four marking options included in this kit. Below we can see the colour profiles:
- Panzer-Lehr-Division, Panzer-Aufklärungs-Lehr-Abteilung 130, Germany 1944
-7. Panzer-Division, Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 7,  Western Pomerania, Gotenhafen/Danzig, March 1945
-2. Panzer-Division, 1. Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2, Western Front, Normandy, France, Summer 1944
-20. Panzer-Division, Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20, Neisse, Silesia, Eastern Front, March 1945

Lastly, we have seen the test kit being built up on FB a few days ago. This is not the final release which could be changed before release, but it is a good look at what is very close to the finished product..
For more information on this kit check out their site at this link on the Das Werk Website
This kit is not on the webstore yet, but it will no-doubt come up for sale first on the MBK webstore...