First to Fight Sd.Kfz. 247 Build in 1/72 Scale

This is the First to Fight kit number PL1939-059 molding of the Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf. A, a newer kit first released in 2018. It is a rather uncommon type which was not produced in large numbers and was rarely seen in later campaigns. Only twenty were produced.
The parts layout is straightforward. The suspension is simplified which speeds construction. Unless you’re planning on showing the vehicle on its side this should not be a problem. The kit includes two crew figures, which are always welcome.
I am planning on modeling this one as an abandoned vehicle, so I’ll be opening up the doors and the driver’s visor. Here I have removed the doors from the body and begun chain drilling the visor. This will be opened up with an exacto knife.
The doors are in upper and lower sections to account for the kink in the hull. I replaced the handles on the pioneer tools as these were molded with undercuts to clear the mold. Fender indicators are insect pins.
Another view after priming with Mr. Surfacer 1000. Towing hooks were made from wire and added front and back.
The basic camouflage during the Polish campaign was Panzer Gray with Brown covering 1/3 of the vehicle. In grayscale there is little difference between the two colors so this is often unnoticed in black and white photographs.
A finished picture after decals and weathering. The model was given a black wash followed by a tan mud wash, then a thin layer of “dust” was sprayed over the whole thing. The rolled-up tarp is made from masking tape.

11 thoughts on “First to Fight Sd.Kfz. 247 Build in 1/72 Scale

  1. Great build of an interesting vehicle. Just think, a few years ago who knew we’d see a kit of this, and in 1/72nd at that. Of course, it’s German, which means even stuff that was never produced might likely see a kit.
    Thanks so much for posting this Jeff.

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  2. That is really nice, Jeff, and such a rarity! 🙂 Interesting comment about the grey and brown appearing similar in monochrome photos – my books from the ’80s mention that brown was sometimes used over the grey but colour plates invariably showed grey vehicles only, whereas these days the two tone scheme is invariably shown.

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