SdKfz 250/1 Alte & SdKfz 253

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$29.00 
SKU: 280032

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The¾SdKfz 250¾was a light armoured halftrack, very similar in appearance to the larger Hanomag-designed SdKfz 251, and built by DEMAG, for use by Germany in World War II. ¾Most variants were open-topped and had a single access door in the rear. ¾The SdKfz 250 was adopted in 1939 to supplement the standard halftrack. ¾Production delays meant that the first 250 did not appear until mid-1941.
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The vehicle was used in a wide variety of roles throughout World War II. ¾The basic troop carrier version was used as an armoured personnel carrier for reconnaissance units, carrying scout sections. ¾This basic variant usually mounted one or two MG34 machine guns. ¾Later variants carried 20 mm, 37 mm, and even 75 mm guns to support the more lightly armed versions.
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The initial design (Alte, the –old version”) had an armoured body made of multi-faceted plates, which gave good protection against small arms fire, but made this design both expensive to manufacture and quite cramped. ¾Production of this early version stopped in October 1943 with some 4,200 built, and a second version (Neu, or –new version”), greatly simplified to speed up manufacture, began replacing it. ¾In both variants, the armour was useful only for stopping small-arms fire and small artillery fragments. ¾Heavy machine gun fire, anti-tank gun fire, or almost any tank gun could penetrate the SdKfz 250 at long range.
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The¾SdKfz 253¾variant was fully enclosed, and was used by artillery forward observers to accompany tank and mechanized infantry units.
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Product Highlight:
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- Base kit for all SdKfz 250 expansion sets
- Two headlight options
- Various SdKfz 253 hatch options
- Simplified yet highly detailed chassis interior
- Driver figure included
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