Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS SdKfz 250/9
About the manufacturer
MMS is the leading 1/76 white metal model brand. The quality of casting and level of detail are comparable to traditional plastic kits, albeit without etched metal detailing. Smaller details such as mirrors are often omitted , and the running gear of tracked vehicles is usually a simplified one piece casting where the guide teeth are backed by a solid metal strengthening strip.
Due to the tight packaging in unprotected plastic bags, parts often come bent or one might say, with pre-built battle damage. Care must be taken to straighten things out lest parts be broken. Most MMS models I have seen are accurate, the only exception being the Shermans which have too short tracks, too much ground clearance and a too short transmission cover.
About the vehicle
Based on a shortened Demag 1-ton half-track chassis, the SdKFz 250 equipped reconnaissance units. The /1 is the basic personnel carrier. The model represents the early version /1. Rommel used a /3 radio H/T called Greif in the desert. The /9 was developed to replace the SdKFz222. It uses the same turret as the armored car.
Here are some fantastic pics of the interior of a 250:
a restored 250, and a beautiful 1/35 model
This is the same base as the 250/1 kit. As the turret pretty much hides inside, the interior parts can go into the spares box. The turret mesh is pretty well done.