by: Kevin Brant [ ]
The Sd.Kfz.232 (8 Rad) has been one of my favorite vehicles since I was a kid, well the model of it. I had always eyed the Tamiya kit as a kid, but it always seemed out of reach. With the recent release of the new AFV Club kit, I decided it was time to order. With the new kit on the way, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to have a look at the new Voyager Model update set for the Sd.Kfz.232. You can follow me in a couple of months on Armorama when I will build the beast, and utilize this fine PE set.
What you get
Having seen and used Voyager sets before, you have to know they are extensive. And this one is no different. The set includes 5 frets of PE, one large, one medium sized, and a few smaller ones. There is also 3 brass rods, two larger diameter, one smaller, a plastic rod, some wire, two resin molded tanks, and brass clearance indicator poles. It all comes together with two double side 8.5" x 11" sheets of instructions.
As usual for Voyager, the PE is well done, including fold lines. Most of the detail you can think of is included in the set; tie downs, bins, screens, hinges, brackets, and I could go on. The set includes the wire and rods required for bin hinges and clasps. Also included is the tread pattern for the fender steps. And a surprise, a PE mask is included for the German insignia. The inclusion of the two resin molded tanks is a nice find too.
There are a lot of fine pieces, so this set would not be the best for a beginner. But a beginner could pick and choose what pieces they wanted to use, if they were looking to start or continue learning to use PE. If you are planning to do an interior or leave doors open, the detailing for the door closures looks great, very detailed. I should also note that the screen pieces are very fine, and care will need to be taken with working with them.
While the instructions at a quick glance may look confusing, Voyager does a good job of breaking down some of the assemblies, including some of the folds. I must admit, at times when looking at the instructions, assembly looks so easy, till you see the size of the piece. But with some patience and a good pair, or two, of fine tweezers, the instruction will lead you through it.
Over all this is another impressive update set from Voyager Model. I am looking forward to the arrival of the model kit, and find the time to start this build. The Voyager set will allow the builder to build an impressive, well detailed model that you can be proud of.
Armorama would like to thank Voyager Model for providing this set for review.