Battlefront Schwere Panzerspähwagen (SdKfz 231) 8 rad   Leave a comment

A Schwerer Panzerspähwagen is a Heavy armored reconnaissance vehicle.  The Germans used a number of these during the Second World War.

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Armoured cars were used in traditional cavalry missions such as reconnaissance and screening.  They scouted ahead of Panzer units to determine enemy strength and find weaknesses in their lines.

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The SdKfz 231 8 Rad was designed as an improvement upon the SdKfz 231 6 Rad to give the vehicle better cross country performance.

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The SdKfz 231 8 Rad had a  2 cm KwK 30 or KwK 38 with a coaxial 7.92 mm MG 34

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In Flames of War we usually find this armored cars in units of 2 as the recon element in Panzer companies.  In Aufklarungs (Reconnaissance) companies you can roll with 6 of these in groups of 2.

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Overall I like this model.  It is a damn ugly vehicle, but it has personality.  It took me awhile to warm up to it, but I now have two for Northwest Europe and two for the North Africa.   Only problem was the mantlet with the gun and MG was deformed and missing one MG.  I know BF usually has good customer service, but I didnt feel like waiting for the replacement.   The color scheme I used this time is as follows:

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This was the first time I used the AK DAK filter and Africa Dust effects (forgot to list that one). I think they came out well and will probably use something similar for the mass of Panzer IIIs and Sdkfz 251 Cs standing by to be painted.

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