Germany produced a total of about 4,250 Sd.Kfz.250 light halftracks from June 1941 till October 1943, and the family included a great many different variants. One important type was the Sd.Kfz.250/3 leichte Funkpanzerwagen, which was a command vehicle fitted with additional radios. This 5.35-ton halftrack was easily identified by a frame antenna mounted above the troop compartment, and the addition of special radio sets depending on the actual vehicle configuration. A crew of four operated this vehicle type that was typically attached to motorized units. The best-known Sd.Kfz.250/3 of all was one used by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, during operations in North Africa. He christened his particular vehicle “Greif”, which translates as griffin.
Dragon previously issued a 1/35 scale kit of the Sd.Kfz.250/3 “Greif”, but that was based on a regular Sd.Kfz.250/3 platform. In actual fact, “Greif” featured an Sd.Kfz.250/Z Panzeraufbau armored superstructure that had unique characteristics such as a vision port in the rear door and a different overhanging shape at the rear. This latest Dragon kit now provides these exact components to build the Desert Fox’s halftrack mount. Furthermore, as it’s a 2-in-1 kit, modelers can choose to build a regular Sd.Kfz.250/3 command halftrack as well. For ease of assembly and maximum accuracy, there’s a brand new one-piece upper hull, while the lower hull also comes as a single piece. One of the most remarkable things about the kit, apart from all the foregoing, is the full interior that’s included. This means there’s an engine and transmission under the bonnet, as well as seats, radio sets and other details inside the fighting compartment. The kit is based on Dragon’s excellent Sd.Kfz.250 series of halftracks, but now modelers can build an Sd.Kfz.250/3 with full interior to the very latest contemporary standards, as well as “Greif” for desert operations.
Photo captions below:
1. Frame antenna is accurately rendered
Sd.Kfz.250/3 “Greif” with Sd.Kfz.250/Z Panzeraufbau superstructure accurately reproduced
Machine gun shield is new
Upgraded radio set with new components
2. Front vision ports can be assembled open or closed
Hull front and engine compartment have complete details
Newly tooled hull rear and door
Photo-etched parts for access step and taillight mount
3. Option for normal Sd.Kfz.250/3 to be assembled
4. One-piece upper hull and associated lower hull armor plates are finely reproduced
Slope of the superstructure front and overhanging rear hull are correctly depicted for both Sd.Kfz.250/Z and Sd.Kfz.250/3