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Old 04-21-2022, 09:34 AM   #1
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Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

This is my Armortek Sd.Kfz.222 which has been rebuilt and repainted to represent a vehicle from the Aufklärungs-Abteilung of 2. Panzer Division.

December 1943 2.Panzer Division was withdrawn from Russia to France for refitting the Aufklärungs-Abteilung stayed behind and joined the rest of the Division in France during January 1944 this gave the division several months for training, servicing of vehicles and collecting new vehicles to bring the division up to full strength.

No doubt during this time older vehicles would have been given a thorough inspection repairing any damage and a full repaint.

This is how I got the 222 before I started the rebuild



Then the work to strip and rebuild started






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Old 04-21-2022, 09:41 AM   #2
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Gun mount was scratch built using the Dragon 2cm Flak38





The correct size and shape grenade screen was scratch built



New wheels and hubs from Liam Mahoney in Australia were added these are absolutely amazing in detail



Drivers visors were opened and hinges from Werkstatt – 5 added


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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Final assembly and paint completed along with markings









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Old 04-21-2022, 05:57 PM   #4
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Extremely nice work.
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Wow, that's a major improvement!

Well done!

Any chance of a video soon?
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Old 04-22-2022, 03:52 AM   #6
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Very well done!
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Beautiful!

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Old 04-23-2022, 08:58 PM   #8
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

So very cool!
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Great work and paint scheme. Very impressive
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Absolutely amazing work!
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Thank you all for your nice comments.
The Dutchman it may be sometime before I do a video but I will post one when I can.

12th SS HJ were issued Sd.Kfz234/2 Puma, I have only found a few divisions who had the 222 in Normandy, 17th SS, 2.Pz.Div 20.Pz.Div most divisions were being equipped with the newer and more capable Puma.
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Re: Leichter Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.222 Ausf B, 5 series

Of the only 101 Pumas built, (Sd.kfz.234/2), 66 fought in Normandy:

2nd Panzer Division had 25
Panzer Lehr had 25
LSSAH had 16.

(The rest went to the 8th and 20th army PD's, with possibly one going to the Brandenburg Division. )

The 12th SS only had 2nd-PD's old hand-me-downs, the 222's, 223's, 231's and 232's. Since the 1st and 12 SS often fought together, that may explain the common belief the the latter had over been issued any.

I saw a photo of them being turned over in France, in one of the 12th history books, and they are identified in the caption as having come from the 2nd Heer PD. I'll look for the exact reference.
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