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Cracking the Box: AFV Club Sd.Kfz.231

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Need to 'proof view' the video. Most of it was upside down. ~ Jeff
DEC 14, 2011 - 01:11 PM
Jeff, Well it was shot facing me (but upside-down to the camera), but then I flipped it on YouTube so it would look right. I noted it didn't do that right away so you may have viewed it before it was fully re-edited. Or you may be referring to the instruction frames in which I was accidentally showing them upside-down as I had done in the other videos. Jim
DEC 14, 2011 - 01:30 PM
Perhaps, having a grey card, to place behind parts you want to show detail in focus, might help. This is an interesting kit, Does it seem to be along the lines of similar ones by Dragon?
DEC 14, 2011 - 01:33 PM
It is a very informative review. The kit looks very well detailed. Another one to add to the wish list.
DEC 14, 2011 - 02:10 PM
WH= Wehrmacht heere= Armed Forces Army WL= Wehrmacht Luftwaffe= Armed Forces Air force OKH- Oberkommando des Heeres= Army High Command Also any plates with HG on them were part of the Hermann Goering Division specifically , and generally any "88"s had WL plates as these were considered Air Force guns. I hope these are of some use to you. Rick
DEC 14, 2011 - 02:28 PM
Thanks Rick! Very informative. Jim
DEC 14, 2011 - 04:19 PM
Any takers yet on that SdKfz 231? Am looking to build this since it's one of my favorite vehicles. Even my wife thinks it's cool looking. The only model she ever considered building, was Tamiya's old 8 rad..Once she got the box lid off and saw all the parts she panicked...If no one else wants to build it, I would love to do a blog on it! Thanks!
DEC 21, 2011 - 03:06 PM
Actually, it should be Wehrmacht Heer, no "e" at the end. Thanks for pointing that out, Rick. Many modelers confuse "Wehrmacht" with "army," when it means "armed forces" and included ALL military: army, navy, air force, SS and military police. While the SS and air force had a great deal of autonomy, and internecine struggles were common, technically all were under the command of Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW). This article lays out the organizational details nicely.
DEC 22, 2011 - 03:35 AM
Yes that one is in the hand of Rick Cooper for review. Thanks for offering though Mark. Cheers, Jim
DEC 22, 2011 - 06:13 AM
Excellent review Jim - I really like these video presentations. It was really well done - showed the kit contents perfectly. I have built a few AFV club kits and they used to have such big chunky sprues - making it "tricky" to remove difficult parts without causing damage. They looked a lot finer. cheers Mark
DEC 22, 2011 - 10:54 AM