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Sd.Kfz. 263 in Africa

The Sd.Kfz. 263 was the main long-range radio communications vehicle of an armored division's signals battalion or the signals platoon of an armored reconnaissance battalion. This vehicle is intended to represent the latter, while in service with the 15. Panzer-Division in Libya in 1941 (Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 33). The vignette is entitled: "After the ghibli" ("Nach der Ghibli") A ghibli was a sandstorm, characterized by lots of dust and a hot wind. The kit is from AFV Club and was a bear to make: Lots of moving parts. The angles on the hull and undercarriage made it difficult to finish, and I pre-painted a lot of the kit to try to avoid impasses later on. Some efforts worked, some didn't.

The figures came from Miniart and the kit itself (resin add-on). They are painted to represent the tremendous variety of shades used in German tropical clothing (and impressed captured French stocks).

The finish was originally schwarzgrau, with an overspray of desert gelbbraun over a coating of chipping agent. Once worn to the desired effect, I finished by a light spray of dust (AK Interactive) on both the model and the figures. The model also has some dust pigments applied (Vallejo desert dust).

I was originally going to build with the 9m mast extended, but the "star" portion of the antenna came broken from the manufacturer. Even if it had not broken in transit, it would have been difficult to remove from the sprue without damaging it.
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About Robert Edwards (RJEdwards)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

US Army Reserve retired. Armor officer and FAO. Stationed in Germany with 1-35 (Erlangen) and 1-68 (Wildflecken) Armor. Taught German at USMA (West Point). Lifelong interest in armor; started building models again about two years ago after a hiatus of nearly 40 years. Primarily German WW2, with a f...