Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Pionier-Geräte-Panzerwagen

Recensione del Modello ESCI in Scala 1:72

Sd.Kfz. 251/7 Pionier-Geräte-Panzerwagen, 1:72 Modellismo ESCI 8343

A simple conversion of the standard trasporto truppe semicingolato, used as an armoured engineer equipaggiamento carrier in battaglioni di Panzer-Pionier. The vehicle operated con a reduced crew in order to make room for engineering stores. The bridge sections mounted on the superstructure would have to be deployed manually, they are long enough to span a 2 meter gap. The kit is the same as the standard APC produced by ESCI, con eight additional parts for the bridge, ed a set of decalcomanie dei Panzer-Pionier.


Pionier-Geräte-Panzerwagen e Crew Figure

  • Tipo: Trasporto truppe semicingolato Engineer
  • Lunghezza: 5.80 m
  • Larghezza: 2.10 m
  • Altezza: 2.10 m
  • Peso: 8 900 kg (7 400 kg empty)
  • Velocità: 52.5 km/h
  • Armamento: 2 mitragliatrici
  • Equipaggio: guidatore + 7 soldati
  • Produzione: 1939–1944


Scale model con excellent detail. The vehicle is covered con cast-on rivets, hinges, tools, ed other small parts which can be accentuated by drybrushing.

The running gear consists of interlocking road wheels con plastic track sections ed individual track links glued on. The entire chassis consumed 67 parts, compared con only 35 for the superstructure. The Schützen-Panzerwagen had 55 links on the left, e 56 on the right track, but our model needed 57 on both sides. Plastic track requires a little more work than the old rubber tracks, but the result is far more realistic. Once the plastic track is glued into place, it stays there. Rubber track had a tendency to slip off, ed it was difficult to glue.

The model can be built as a standard APC, simply be leaving the bridge sections e the mounting brackets off. The spare bridge could then be used in a diorama. Giocatori di wargame may want to keep the bridge sections accessible, e ready for action. There are small pegs on the mounting brackets, which secure the bridge even if it’s not glued on permanently.

Le decalcomanie cover due different veicoli from the same unit, named Büffel 1, e Elch 2. A novel concept, e reason enough to build them both, one con the bridge deployed, the other in reserve. Unit markings are particularly important for giocatori wargame who want to build entire plotoni, e compagnie dei veicoli using the same kit. Manufacturers interested in selling more than one vehicle of a particular type need to think big, e nurture the megalomaniac in everyone of us. Why would anyone build a single tank in scala 1:72, if they can have a whole platoon of them, con the proper torretta numbers, different soldatini dell’equipaggio, e combat stowage to customize each vehicle. At the very least, manufacturers need to consider publishing additional decalcomanie, vehicle crew, ed accessory packs compatibile con their own range of kits.

The rear hatch can be modelled con open o closed doors.

Compatibile con Hasegawa, Italeri, Revell, e CDC.

Care must be taken to push the rear of the fenders down onto the tracks as far as the pegs will allow. Otherwise, the fenders tend to ride up on the hull side, causing them to flare out in the rear. As a result, the vehicle scales out 204 mm wider than it should be. Vehicle length, height, e track gauge are scaled correctly.

One disadvantage of using the same model for a number of vehicle variants is that any crew soldatini supplied con the kit are identical, resulting in some unwanted uniformity. Modellers, collezionisti, e giocatori wargame crave variety in figure poses. So much so, that manufacturers can make a lot of money by supplying boxes of additional vehicle crew in hard plastic. At the very least, separate head variants should be included in a model kit, encouraging the modeller to swap heads frequently. The mitragliere supplied con ESCI’s Schützen-Panzerwagen, ed all of its variants, is probably one of the more versatile crew soldatini on the market. His pose would be typical for a gunner involved in a firefight. Alas, the man is marred by a mould line which runs right across his forehead, destroying the typical shape of the elmetto d’acciaio tedesco. Off con his head! ESCI offers a nice selection of heads in soft plastic figure sets of German fanteria. One of these heads can be attached to the mitragliere, using a short peg of 0.6 mm pianowire to secure it.

The manual recommends painting the vehicle Panzergrey (67) overall, but the camouflage pattern shown sulla copertina della scatola looks much more attractive. Since the cover art is what sells many customers on the kit, we would have liked to see a scale drawing of the pattern.

Utilizzo Storico

  • Armoured Engineer Equipaggiamento Carrier, 1939 - maggio 1945


  • Sd.Kfz. 251 m.Schützen-Panzerwagen APC, 1939 - maggio 1945
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/2 Granatwerfer-Wagen (8 cm) Mortar Carrier, 1939 - maggio 1945
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/5 Pionier-Schützen-Panzerwagen Engineer APC, 1939 - maggio 1945
  • Sd.Kfz. 251/6 Kommando-Panzerwagen Command/Radio vehicle
    with frame antenna and radio mast at the right rear, 1939 - maggio 1945

The armoured engineer equipaggiamento carrier Sd.Kfz. 251/7 is an interesting variant of the standard Schützen-Panzerwagen. Markings for due veicoli of the same unit are supplied, encouraging the modeller to create a diorama, o a wargame scenario involving both of them. ESCI offers six of the 24 variants of the Sd.Kfz. 251 series, covering the most important combat types. Others, like the mortar, radio, ed assault gun carrier, require relatively little conversion of the basic APC.

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