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Reference, Toadman's Tank Pictures CD#17, Leichter Panzerspähwagen (2cm) Sd.Kfz.222

May 20 2007 at 10:18 AM
Frank V. De Sisto  (Login zappa93)
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CD#17, Toadman’s Leichter Panzerspähwagen (2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 Photo Detail CD.

The latest photo reference CD from the Green Dude shows details of a restored Sd.Kfz.222, which will be just the thing needed by modelers who wish to detail the venerable, yet still quite nice Tamiya kit. Since this is an open-topped AFV, the interior images will prove to be especially useful for those who wish to detail that area.

The CD is broken down into sections as follows:
• Leichter Panzerspähwagen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 Introduction and Acknowledgements.
• Leichter Panzerspähwagen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 turret exterior.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 superstructure exterior.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 engine compartment.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 suspension.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 gun mount and turret interior.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 superstructure interior.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 10-round magazine.
• Leichter Panzerspahwägen(2cm) Sd.Kfz.222 turret measurements.

The photos depict a privately-owned vehicle in the collection of Jacques Littlefield in the USA, which has been restored to almost factory-new condition. The ‘222 is an Ausf.B, armed with the 2cm KwK38, which was captured in Tunisia by the British, sold to the museum in 2000 and fully-restored.

Typical for this product, the photos were taken by a modeler, for modelers and therefore great pains were taken to show every small detail on the exterior and interior. The engine compartment is covered in fine fashion, as is the turret interior, gun and mount. The interior is especially revealing since it clearly shows how many “standard” items were hooked, clamped, or otherwise fixed to the interior for the crew’s use. These included MG ammunition sacks, tools, spare barrels, ammunition magazines, racks and boxes, hand grenades, flare pistol, various bits of personal gear (mess tins, gas masks, bread bags, canteens), and all kinds of storage boxes. Most of these items are available in figure and weapons sets, so the modeler wishing to go that route can now see where this stuff goes.
Of course, scratch-builders will also find value here. And, as a bonus, there are photos of the turret that feature measurements, for those that wish to re-build the item on the Tamiya kit.
The quality of the photography is excellent, with proper composition and exposure being the norm. The photos are easily accessible to the computer user. On my Windows XP-equipped machine, the CD loaded on its own and by double clicking on “start”, easily opened. Then it’s just a matter of working through the tables of contents to the specific area of interest, and then working through the images. A nice feature of these CDs is the ability to link directly to an image related to the one that is currently being viewed.
This is a nicely-presented, well thought out product, whose cost is extremely modest, especially when one considers how comprehensive the coverage is. ‘222 fans will want this one.
Highly recommended.

Frank V. “Curley Stooge” De Sisto

Toadman’s Tank Pictures can be acquired direct through the web site at: www.toadmanstankpictures.com.

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