Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast SdKfz 231 Armored Car (8 wheel)
About the manufacturer
Milicast is the premier resin model manufacturer in 1/76. Their range is wide, the level of detail is showcase model-level as opposed to wargame model. Their kits are all resin and include a lot of small parts. The quality and level of detail have also vastly improved in the last few years with models having full interiors and sometimes detailed engines. Their latest guns, which I have only seen on the web site also seem to bring the hobby to a new level.
On the minus side, I do question the use of resin for everything as it is more difficult to straighten or unwarp than white metal. Resin parts can be corrected in a hot water bath, but not always perfectly, and the slightest bend in a gun is very conspicuous on a tank!
About the vehicle
Click here for information on the vehicle and a review of the 1/72 Roden model.
About the kit
This is an older Milicast kit (pre-1997, for sure. I make this point because I think casting quality has improved dramatically since. In all fairness, I don't have any recent Milicast kits to compare it against. The Cromwell ready made and Wespe models reviewed on this site have sharper castings and I presume recent Milicast kits are at least as good. Please let me know if you think otherwise.
Kit instructions. The part list is very useful. You will need to find some additional reference pictures for fine placement of some of them. A google image search turns up a lot of useful photos if you don't have any books or magazines handy.
8 wheels, one piece hull and turret. Details are very sharp though a bit overdone. There are several small air bubbles. I personally use wax to fill them. Just a drop of hot wax on the hole, scrape gently with a knife, finish with a fingernail. This technique avoids sanding, which will remove nearby details or dull a sharp edge.
Small parts, some very fine. Too fine actually, the 2 indicator brushguards were already broken. Metal wire is more appropriate for such parts. Brittle resin is probably the worst material. If you manage to put them on, I don't think they would survive long on a display model, let alone a wargame model.
Part A is the antenna mount, part B is the 2cm gun (unfortunately bent), and part F is the turret hatch. The other parts look like the frame antenna mount of a 232.
Overall a very nice kit that should build up easily.