Italeri 1/72 Sd.Kfz.265 Panzerbefehlswagen

The German armies very first purpose-built armoured command vehicle, the small Sd.Kfz.265 was introduced into service in 1939 and first saw action during the Polish Campaign in September 1939. A development of the Panzer I, the Sd.Kfz.265 provided tank commanders with a highly mobile vehicle, complete with good communications which could be used in a battlefield environment. Effectively a command tank, these machines were crewed by the commander, driver and radio operator.

Just like the real thing, this Italeri version of the Sd.Kfz.265 is based upon a very long line of Panzer I and Panzerjäger kits which go all the way back to the Esci version produced in 1976. While our kit is described as a rebox, I think it would be more appropriate to class this as a kit with new parts to cater for the differences between the Sd.Kfz.101 and the Sd.Kfz.265.

The kit is contained with an end opening box with pleasing artwork on the front and a four-option profile colour guide on the rear complete with four paint options. Inside we have three main sprues, one for the main hull, another for the tracks and a third for the turret and upper hull detail which is most likely the ‘updated’ section of this kit. A Zanchetti Buccinaso-printed decal sheet is also included and an A5-sized black and white instruction booklet/sheet which also features further information on colour schemes and decal positioning. While some of parts look a little dated, they still retain good detail; flash is not too bad although the commander will need some attention if you choose to use him.

Finishing options for this Sd.Kfz.265 are for a machine from the 11th Panzer Division, Russia, 1941; 21st Panzer Divison, Libya late 1941; Nachrichten Abteiling, 1st Company, Poland, 1939 and 4th Panzer Division, France, 1940.     

A more challenging build than you might think, this gives the impression of being quite an old kit, but for a reasonable price will keep you off the streets for the weekend. Thanks again to The Hobby Company who are the UK distributor for this kit.


Product: Plastic kit

Ref: 7072

Scale: 1/72

Parts: Approx 115

Price: £10.35 (eModels)

Manufacturer: Italeri