The Steyr ADGZ was originally developed as a heavy armored car for the Austrian army (its designation was “M35 Mittlere Panzerwagen”) from 1934 and delivered from 1935-37. The Austrian army was using the ADGZ armored car at the time of Anschluss. 12 were used by the army and 15 were used by the police. The Germans used them for police work and some were taken on by the SS and used on the Eastern front and in the Balkans. The SS ordered an additional 25 ADGZ which were delivered in 1942. An interesting feature of this vehicle was that there was no “rear:” either end was capable of driving the unit. SS Heimwehr Danzig used ADGZ armored cars during the attack on the Polish Post Office in Danzig on September 1, 1939. After the invasion of the USSR a few ADGZ armored cars were rearmed with turrets from the Soviet T-26 model 1933 light tank.
One of the latest releases from AMG is ADGZ armored car. One very interesting vehicle. It is not a very recognizable vehicle cause it was used in very small range of operations, for police operations and for combat against Partisans in Yugolsavia. As far as I know this model of AMG company is the first first in plastic. This is a limited edition kit with only 1000 units produced. Kit is delivered in a classic box for 1/35 scale. Inside the box, frames are packed in 4 plastic bags of various sizes. There are 9 sprues and 4 separate parts (among them the upper and lower half of the vehicles body), PE parts, 12 rubber tires, 2 short pieces of metal wire and 1 decal sheet. Parts are molded in light grey plastic. Assembly instructions contain 12 steps on 7 pages and are easy to understand.
There are some very nice details included but …if you want to build it with the open doors, some serious “surgery” is necessary. Doors, turret hatch, vision protectors are not made to be build in an open position. The only version you can make straight from the box is combat/closed. I was really disappointed because of that, but on the other hand all other things looks good. On sprue F there are stripes with bolts of various sizes. With 2x F sprues that comes with this kit, it can be quite useful. The assembly instructions do not show where to add these bolts, but it can be useful in the future for some next projects.
Vinyl tyres are well detailed (trade mark of the tyre Continental and tire size indication), small visible flash, but nothing that will ruin model look. With few cuts or sanding it will look great.
Painting & Marking:
Decal markings are provided for four vehicles:
1. “Cross aces” Soviet-German front 1942 (side No.204-29)
2. Hpt. Koch Regenberg (side No.204-40)
3. Unknown SS unit 1942-45 (side No.204-41)
4. 7-th SS-Freiwillinge Gebirgs Devision “Prinz Eugen”, Yugoslavia 1943 (side “Seydlits”)
Colour guide is not provided for any manufacturer. There is only a simple explanation which part should be painted in which color. As all these vehicles were painted in panzer gray color, there is only one combination (as can be seen on pictures) with camo red-brown or in the white (winter) coat.
From my personal view, this model is more than welcome in my collection, cause it was taking part in history of WWII in my ex-country. There was not a wide range of German vehicles that fought in Yugoslavia (mostly specialized vehicles and captured vehicles from France, Poland…). This is no type of model that we all used to see in the market, but it has nice details and it can be build to look great. Also, this is a nice piece of German afv vehicle for soft-skin modellers. So if you are one of them, hurry up cause this is limited edition model.