Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 10:31 AM UTC
Hobby Boss re-issues this kit of a WWII German armored reconnaissance vehicle under its label.
Armed with a 20mm automatic cannon and a machine-gun, the Sd.Kfz. 222 was a light armored reconnaissance vehicle of the Second World War. Crewed by three, it had an operating range of 300km. It is estimated that at least 990 were built during its production cycle which ran from 1937 to late 1943.

German Leichter Panzerspahwagen (2cm) Mid Version (80149) contains more than 250 plastic parts, photo-etched details, metal springs, and vinyl tires. A decal sheet with three finishing options completes the offering.

Background information on the vehicle sourced from Wikipedia.
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Tristar is under-rated. They were very close competition for Dragon, and in some cases, even better. Just their particular construction style turned off some modelers, calling them "unbuildable", and "crap"!
AUG 09, 2017 - 03:43 AM
I've got one of these and they're really quite good. Looking forward to building it soon, along with a comparison build/upgrade on the Tamiya kit.
AUG 10, 2017 - 06:23 AM
Frank- That'd be good to see. I've only ever seen a parallel build done once and found it fascinating with the differences between the two kits. Really helpful if thinking of buying one. I've never built anything by Tristar, although I have one of their early Panzer IV's in the stash, but looking at the contents of the box and the detail in there they look to be top notch. Their figure range,although small, I found to be better than Dragons for useability (not sure if that's a real word. Probably not lol)and the moulding was a lot sharper. I just wish they'd expanded it a bit. I built the Tamiya version of this many years ago and could be tempted by this as it's an attractive little armoured car and having seen Tristars work like the detail on it. I will admit though I don't see the sense in reboxes. Okay it's cheap for the 2nd company as they don't have to invest time in research etc but if there are mistakes then that's carried over to the new box. I've noticed Tamiya are doing a lot of Italeri reboxes, throwing in a couple of figures and charging 20 more! I'll stick to the Italeri issue if that's the case.
AUG 10, 2017 - 02:53 PM
It is a real word: LINK alternative spelling for: LINK I used to use it a lot when discussing the usability of HMI's to computer systems/tools (HMI Human Machine Interface). Never really bothered to check for the most correct spelling though When the usability of the system was bad I used to say/write uselessability instead / Robin
AUG 10, 2017 - 03:11 PM
Later figure sets are better than earlier ones. My favorite is the Self-Propeller Gun Crew Vol. 2. Great for most open-topped German tank destroyers. Especially the loader, who's ramming the round home with clenched fist (the proper way) so he won't lose fingers in the breech! All figures have good expressions on their faces. LINK
AUG 10, 2017 - 07:40 PM
Tri-Star was not without problems, as my friend Georg Eyerman pointed out to me on one kit he built (Pz IV/70(A)).
AUG 10, 2017 - 08:28 PM
What was the problem with this particular kit? I just read a couple of build reviews on this kit and there were no problems noted, except that it might be a slightly complicated build, especially compared to Tamiya. After having built a few Tri Star kits I realize building up the hulls with the beveled edges (no butt joints) can be a little PITA, as a slight mis-alignment in edges will throw off the whole assembly. Vigilance is key!
AUG 11, 2017 - 04:32 AM
I just built the Hobby Boss 222 and will be building their 223 to accompany it in a dio . Really comprehensive kit , But - there were some fit issues ,, especially with the gun mount ... and the hull . I added a steel rod to the rear bulkhead to facilitate pulling it together . No reason to believe this kit will have similar issues though . The Tamiya is basically a toy -- ridiculous to compare it to these offerings .
AUG 11, 2017 - 06:01 AM
Thanks for the comment Karl, but I've sworn off most Italeri kits as being either superficial or just simply long-of-tooth and dated. Ditto on the kits that Tamiya has disappointingly rebadged. The shame of it for Tamiya must have been considerable
AUG 11, 2017 - 07:14 AM

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