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SDKFZ 231/232 Fu

Schwere Panzerspahwagen 8-Rad

Sdkfz 232


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1936-1943
Manufactured by: Deutsche Werke, Schichau
Crew: 4
Armament: Main: 2cm KwK 30 or 38;  Co-Axial: 7.92mm MG34
Engine: 8 Cylinder Bussig-NAG L8V
Miscellaneous Info: The eight-wheeled heavy armored car is based on the same chassis as the Sdkfz 233 7.5cm 8-Rad and Sdkfz 263 Panzerfunkwagen 8-Rad.  The main difference between the 231 and 232 variants is the 232 has additional communications equipment and the resulting added antenna array. These vehicles were the successor to the Sdkfz 231/232 6-rad series of armored cars although they served along side one another at times.
Data Sheet Available:   Sdkfz 232 8 Rad Data Sheet by David Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 231/232 8-Rad Armored Car Photos David Haugh - Content Editor
  Sdkfz 231/232 8-Rad Armored Car Photo Imperial War Museum
      Sdkfz 231 8-Rad Armored Car Photos (Replica Vehicle Owned by Roger Marvel - LaPorte, Indiana USA) Dan O'Connor - Chicago, Illinois USA

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
   

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Büssing's schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 1: schw.Pz.Spähwagen (SdKfz.231) & schw.Pz.Spähwagen (Fu) (SdKfz.232) (8-Rad) (Nuts & Bolts Volume 35) Holger Erdmann
Die Gepanzerten Radfahrzeuge: Des Deutschen Heeres 1905-1945 Walter Spielberger
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two (Revised) Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle
German Armored Cars (Niemieckie Samochody Pancerne) 1905-1945 Mariusz Skotnicki
German Armored Cars and Reconnaissance Halftracks (Osprey New Vanguard #29) Bryan Perrett
German Armored Cars In Action - Squadron/Signal Publications David Doyle
German Armored Cars of World War Two John Milsom & Peter Chamberlain
German Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #33 Major General N.W. Duncan
  "German Armoured Reconnaissance" (July 2015 Issue of Classic Miltiary Vehicle Magazine) John Blackman
German Early War Armored Fighting Vehicles - World War Two AFV Plans George Bradford
German Eight-Wheeled Reconnaissance Vehicles Horst Scheibert
Military Vehicles in Detail #2: Sdkfz 231/234 8- Rad Terry Gander
Panzerspahwagen: Armored Cars Sdkfz 3 to Sdkfz 263 (Panzer Tracts No. 13) Thomas Jentz
Panzerspahwagen Sdkfz 231/232 Wehrmacht Heavy 6 & 8 Wheeled Armoured Cars and their Derivatives - Tankograd Publishing #4010

Review by Patrick Keenan via the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Website

Henry Hoppe
Puma and Other Heavy Reconnaissance Vehicles Horst Scheibert
Schwerer Panzerspaehwagen (Sd.Kfz.231, 232, and 233) and Panzerfunkwagen (Sd.Kfz.263) (Panzer Tracts No. 13-2) Thomas Jentz & Hilary Doyle
Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (Sdkfz 231) 8 Rad (Museum Ordnance Special Number 11) Thomas Jentz

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
SDKFZ 231 Armored Car Model Kit (Early Version) (AF35231)   AFV Club 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; New Tooled.
SDKFZ 232 (FU) Radio Equipped Armored Car Model Kit (Early Version) (AF35232)   AFV Club 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; New Tooled.
SDKFZ 232 Armored Car Kit Frog 1/48  
SDKFZ 231 Armored Car Kit Roden 1/72  
SDKFZ 232 Armored Car Kit Roden 1/72  
SDKFZ 232 Armored Car Kit Tamiya 1/35 Plastic; Older model; Decent.  To make 231 version, just leave off the antenna array and fill in contact point on turret.
SDKFZ 232 Armored Car Kit (32574) Tamiya 1/48 Plastic; To make 231 version, just leave off the antenna array.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
German Width Indicators (4) (PE35R29) Aber 1/35 For SdKfz. 231 & 232 series.
SdKfz 231/232 Barrel & Clearance Indicator Pole Set (AG35035)   AFV Club 1/35 Brass;
Width Indicators for German Armoured Vehicles (S35-008) Armorscale 1/35 For SdKfz. SD.Kfz.221, 222, 223, 231, 232, 234, 250, 251 series.
SDKFZ 231 Late Version Conversion Criel Models 1/35 For the Tamiya Kit
"SdKfz.232 (8 rad) On The Eastern Front" Markings (356017) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
"SdKfz.232 (8 rad) Panzer Divsion "Grossdeutchland" Markings (356042) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
"SdKfz.232 (8 rad) Panzer Divsion "Wiking" Markings (356043) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
"SdKfz.232 (8 rad) SS Panzer Divsion "Das Reich" Markings (356058) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
SdKfz.232 (8 rad) Detail Set Eduard Accessories 1/35  
Sdkfz 232 Armored Car Basic Detai Set(HLX48336) Hauler 1/48 Photo Etched Brass; For Tamiya model kit
Sdkfz 232 Armored Car  Exhaust Shroud Mesh & Muffler Set (HLX48337) Hauler 1/48 Photo Etched Brass; For Tamiya model kit
Sdkfz 232 Armored Car Front  Bumper/Spoiler (HLX48338) Hauler 1/48 Photo Etched Brass; For Tamiya model kit
Sdkfz 232 Series Wheel Set (35090) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin.
German 2cm KwK 30 Gun Barrel Jordi Rubio Accessories 1/35 Turned Aluminum
Sdkfz 232 8-wheeled armored car series Tire Chains (AVM35046)   Minor Model 1/35 Photo Etched brass; Contains enough material for 4 wheels.  Set for use with the AFV Club Series of model kits.
Sd.Kfz.231/232/263 (8 Rad) Short Exhaust Pipes Moskit 1/35  
2cm KwK 30 Gun Barrel New Connection Models 1/35 Turned Aluminum
SDKFZ 231 Late Version Conversion New Connection Models 1/35 For the Tamiya Kit
Sdkfz 232 8-Wheeled Armored Car Detail Set (P35-070) Passion Models 1/35 Brass; For the Tamiya Kit
SDKFZ 231 Late Version Conversion (F003) Pit Road 1/35 For the Tamiya Kit
Sdkfz 232 Detail Pt 1 Royal Model 1/35  
Sdkfz 232 Detail Pt 2 Royal Model 1/35  
SdKfz. 231/232 Wheel/Tire Set Royal Model 1/35  
German Armored Car Lifting Hook-Riveted (10027)

Review by Patrick Keenan at the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Website
Tiger Model Designs 1/35 Resin; Useable on Sdkfz 231 Series of vehicles (Check references)
Sd.Kfz.231/232 - Polish Campaign Engine Rear Shutter without spare wheel mount (48022) Toro Models 1/48 Resin; For Tamiya kit.
Sdkfz 232 8 Rad Detail Set - Early Version (PE35193) Voyager Model 1/35 Photo Etched Brass.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 232 (8 Rad) Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) Frank Blanton - Richmond, Virginia USA
Sdkfz 231 and 232 (8 Rad) Model Photos Patrick Keenan - Aurora, Illinois USA