Sd.Kfz 222 Leichte Panzerspahwagen
Dragon’s 1/72 scale line of Armor Pro models has become the standard by which all 1/72 armor kits are gauged. Dragon’s detail in such a small scale, including photo-etched detail, is what makes modelers flock to the local hobby shops to get the latest in the Armor Pro series.
Dragon’s newest addition to this series is the Sd.Kfz 222 Leichte Panzerspahwagen. Dragon has released this little WWII German Armored scout car in a 1+1 pack, similar to their 1/72 Humvee series. The box contains two complete kits, photo-etched parts, decals, and a single instruction sheet with color paint guides. The molding is clean with crisp detail and Dragon has done their best to hide injector marks and sprue attachment points.
I decided to build these side by side as they are very easy kits. The chassis detail is excellent, as is the gun. The doors to the hull are molded separately, and if someone gets a little daring, could be left open to show off a scratch built interior. I would not be surprised to see a resin or even PE interior on the market eventually.
The chassis build up is fairly simple, and I worked quickly to get the wheels on and get everything on a level surface, with a bit of weight added to level out the wheels. The remainder of the construction was without incident, until I got to the PE screens. They are etched with a raised frame on one side, and fold up rather nicely with minimal gaps. However, they do not fit perfectly to the turret, and will require a bit of fine adjusting to fit well.
Several decal options are provided in the kit, and I opted to play around with some of the generic markings and some extras I had left over to create an Afrika Korps 222 and a 222 from the 1st SS in Germany. A little detail wash and some detail painting here and there, and the 222’s were complete.
Overall I am very satisfied with the 222’s and I highly recommend them. My thanks to Dragon Models USA for providing the review sample and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it. Happy Modeling!