Camelot 15mm Sdkfz 223 Command Radio Vehicle | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Tuesday, 01 January 2008
Command Radio Car

The Camelot Sdkfz 223 adds radio in the desert or the steppes. 

The Sdkfz 223 was a command adaptation of the German Sdkfz 222 that included a machine gun as the main gun and a bed-frame style antenna above the vehicle. Some claim that the bed-frame antenna was rapidly replaced by an aerial, but even if true, that wouldn't look nearly as cool on the table, now would it?

We got our hands on the Camelot Miniatures version of this vehicle and painted it up in a nice neutral color suitable for use in Africa or Russia. 



We’re fans of German armored cars. We own nearly an entire 15mm Recce company and use them where it makes sense; in Abtielung, for example, they’re treated like fast tanks, so we like to use them with this ruleset. Running an armored car company across the desert or the steppes is just a fun diversion. This vehicle is a welcome addition to the tan-painted portion of our armored car corps.

The right side of the model.

The right side of the model.

This particular model is one of only a few Camelot miniatures in our collection, the rest being Russian armored fighting vehicles. But we see no reason not to add more vehicles from this company—except for some bumbling we had to deal with getting the antenna to attach correctly, we're greatly pleased.

Camelot uses a system very similar to Battlefront in terms of miniatures production—a resin vehicle hull with resin or metal turrets (the tank turrets we have from Camelot are resin, the turret on this armored car is metal). The wheel and turret attachments are also similar to those used by Battlefront, meaning you'll not find anything truly oddball about assembly. While there are a lot of similarities between this model and the Battlefront Sdkfz 223, this mini has the turret placed much further back on the hull. Contemporary photos, which show the turret back toward the rear of the top deck, nearly overlapping the edge of the deck, make it clear that the Camelot model is the more accurate.

 

Note the turret position on the hull.

Note the turret position on the hull.

The slot-and-tab wheel assembly arrangement means you have to be careful placing wheels. Note in the front-on picture how the front wheel on the right side of the picture is angled slightly in … our fault, not the model's. We were holding them with an index finger and thumb, not paying close enough attention to alignment after initial placement. The turret hatches also gave us agita; note that on this particular armored car the turret hatch is actually the entire top of the turret. As so often happens, gluing them open is painful due to a limited gluing surface and unsupported bits being glued. But it is possible, as the pictures show. We wanted them open to mount the gunner in the turret. 

The model came with quite a bit of stowage that you can attach as you like. We used the straw bundle that came with this vehicle in our BT5/BT7 review, and didn't put too much of the included stowage onto the Sdkfz 223, so that you can see the model and not the stowage.

The thing we like best about this model is the combined look of the gunner and the machine gun. They go together well and look great from any angle. The sculptor, Dario Toso, shows his strength in this bit.

 

Note the look of the gun and gunner.

Note the look of the gun and gunner.

The thing we like least about this model is the antenna. While there is a picture of an actual Sdkfz 223 included with the package, it is printed small, and the image is grainy. Combine that with the fact that you have one picture from one angle, and you have to get inventive to see exactly how to place the antenna. Even then, it does not easily glue into place. Though it is relatively solid, you have to spend a lot of time prefitting, mainly adjusting the bend of the legs. In the end, it is worth it, but we would just like to see a set of directions for assembly on difficult bits like this.

The vehicle from the front.

The vehicle from the front.

The only other negative—and perhaps the largest if you are a U.S. customer—is the cost of these vehicles. With the greenback depressed on the world market, paying € 6.00 plus shipping is a lot for a single armored car. There is no U.S. distributor at this time, so the shipping is what makes the price extremely more than comparable vehicles by other vendors. The cost of the model as of this writing is $8.88–at the high end of the spectrum, but less than some vendors. If you have a large purchase to make, shipping from Italy may not be too bad for you, but if you need a single vehicle then the price will likely be too high.

Overall, we’re happy with this vehicle, and it will definitely take its place at the head of our Aukflarungs company. In fact, we may order from Camelot to get more missing Aukflarungs bits … though we do like QRF's armored cars too, so the jury is still out.

 The Sdkfz 232 on the move.

The Sdkfz 223 on the move. 

4.0 out of 5 stars.

 
 

Vendor: Camelot Games

Model: 105 - SdKfz 223 Radio (Cpy HQ)

Source: Direct from Camelot worldwide

Price: € 6.00

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