To support its mobile concept of modern warfare, Germany introduced a wide range of tracked and wheeled armored vehicles. One wheeled family of vehicles introduced in 1936 included 4x4 armored cars known as the, which translates as “Light Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle.” Powered by a Horch engine, these vehicles were based on a Horch 801 heavy car chassis to which an armored body was added. Early in WWII it performed well enough as a reconnaissance vehicle for panzer divisions, although its off-road capability let it down. Dragon Armor is introducing a model from the Leichte Panzerspähwagen family - the Sd.Kfz.222. It is armed with a 2cm KwK.30 L/55 cannon and MG34 machine gun in an open-top turret. A crew of three operated the Sd.Kfz.222.
Thanks to a superb level of detail, Dragon Armor’s 1/72 scale model of the Sd.Kfz.222 is impressive in appearance. This sentiment is underscored when the viewer picks up the little model, for it has been especially weighted. This internal ballast certainly gives it a more realistic and satisfying ‘feel’. Dragon Armor’s fully assembled Sd.Kfz.222 possesses all the detail expected of such a model. For example, the mesh screen covering the open-topped turret resorts to a photo-etched part to ensure it’s true to scale. The gun muzzle, too, is realistically hollowed out. The vehicle is finished in an accurate shade of ‘panzer gray’ camouflage paint, depicting a vehicle serving in the early campaigns of WWII.