Kit Preview : 1/76 Milicast SdKfz 263 Armored Command Car
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
Thisis the radio/command version of the 8 wheeled 230 series armored cars. It has no turret but a large box superstructure and a large frame antenna. Armament is limited to one single MG34.
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.
7 wheels + spare (one missing), one piece hull. Details are very sharp though a bit overdone. There are several small air bubbles. The frame aerial is broken. It is suspect anyway as its section is not completely round. I'll try to salvage the 3 small cross-pieces and build the rest out of plastic or brass rod.
The small parts are very fine. I dumped the contents of the plastic bag snd the small constellation of parts, flash and dust is what you see here.
It matches the Milicast 231 well, which is expected (but you never know).
Overall a very nice kit that should build up easily.