Wednesday, July 3

Preview: Sd.Kfz.234/2 with "Luchs" Turret. Interior kit from MiniArt...

MiniArt has captured the rare variant of the Sd.Kfz.234/2  - this one with "Luchs" Turret. With this new full interior kit.We look at the CADs & the real subject from this boxing in our preview...

Preview: Sd.Kfz.234/2 with "Luchs" Turret. Interior kit from MiniArt...

Sd.Kfz.234/2 With "Luchs" Turret. Interior kit.
From MiniArt
Kit No #35416
1/35th scale
The kit contains two marking choices in the box.
Photo-etch & clear parts are included
The Subject:
Although only seen in the wild in one photo wthat we know about, this version of the Sd.Kfz.234/2  was seen later war with the turret and gun from the Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf. L "Luchs" light tank. These would be natural companions we would thing, noting that both vehicles were a light scouting role.
The Luchs" turret contained armament of the one 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 autocannon and one 7.92mm MG 34 machine gun.

In the wild - A Sdkfz 234 with the turret of a Panzer II Luchs. The footage shows it and its unit, the 17th Panzer Division, surrendering to US troops in Chzecoslovakia. Different sources say that one, two, or five were made, but who can know for sure nowadays?

It is captured in this video below.

The kit: MiniArt's Sd.Kfz.234/2 With "Luchs" Turret. Interior kit.
This kit is a continuation on of the Sdkfz 234/2 line with thsi full interiror kit. The main changes being the gun and turret that house it, and the interior ammo storage changes also. 
We have some nice CADs of this kit providing some details of the makeup of the model. A walk around of the whole armoured car, with the golden parts representing the photo-etch and the blue items shown below showing the options like openable hatches etc.
Take a look at all the options you can access with this kit, the blue shaded panes show everything that can be opened or closed on the kit.
Vision ports, stowage compartments are all just begging to be shown opened up and under inspection by the German owners or the new custodians in a post battle - or WWII scene.
A view from above the vehicle showing the full engine compartment opened up and engine inside.
You can also show the engine fully removed of course, but with heaps of internals fully formed such as the fuel tanks and radiator etc. Every compartment is filled out neatly, radios & crew compartment add to the full 4,825 cc (905 in3) Tatra 103 V12 diesel with 157 kW (211 hp) engine. It shows theignition and wiring harnesses, you can see that MiniArt has supplied all of this inside the box.
The internal turret parts are shown in this illustration. The mount and the insides of the 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 autocannon and the 7.92mm MG 34 machine gun, radio & cans for the commander are shown in this simple drawing.
A view of the lower hull, tyres and suspension, showing the complex running gear of this vehicle and the independent, turntable axles.
fromt he inside of the hull you can see the realisticly represented hatches that oepn and close.

This kit is due for release in a month's time
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