Assembling The Puma Scout Troop (GBX172)

Assembling The Puma Scout Troop (GBX172)

How to assemble your Puma Scout Troop.

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Each of the four Sd Kfz 234 variants all shares a number of common components. These are highlighted in green on the plastic sprue shown below. These components make up the generic hull that is used as a base for whichever variant of the Sd Kfz 234 you wish.
Assembling The Puma Scout Troop (GBX172)
Step 1. Start assembly of the generic hull by joining the top and bottom halves of the hull together. Step 2. Next, attach the right-hand side wheel bogies...
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Step 3. ...followed by the left-hand-side wheel bogies. Step 4. Attach the bumper to the front of the hull.
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Step 5. Add the spare tire to the rear of the hull. Step 6. To complete assembly of the generic hull, attach the jerry can stowage to each front fender.
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Along with the generic hull, the components highlighted in grey on the plastic sprue below are used to model the Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma.
 Assembling The Puma Scout Troop (GBX172)
Step 1. Attach the Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma specific stowage bins to each side of the generic hull.
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Step 2. Attach the top deck to the top of the hull. Step 3. Join the top and bottom sections of the turret. Step 4. Attach the main gun to the front of the turret. 
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Below: The turret hatch can be modelled either open or closed. Step 5. Attach the hatch to the top of the turret.
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Step 6. Add a commander figure of choice to the open turret hatch. Step 7. Use the turret peg or rare-earth magnets as a quick and easy way of attaching the turret to the hull.
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Step 8. Add the turret to the hull. Below: With the turret attached, the Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma is now fully assembled.
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Adding Rare Earth Magnets
Alternatively, you may choose to glue rare earth magnets into the recess in the hull and to the bottom of the turret. Magnets are a quick and secure way of fixing your turrets to the hulls, as an alternative to the included plastic peg.

Rare Earth Magnets (XX105) are available through the online store here...

Rare Earth Magnets (XX105)
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Along with the generic hull, the components highlighted in yellow on the plastic sprue below are used to model the Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm).
Assembling The Puma Scout Troop (GBX172)
Step 1. Attach the Sd Kfz 234/3 specific stowage bin to the side of the generic hull. Step 2. Attach the main gun to the hull superstructure.
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Step 3. Attach the coaxial machine-gun to the side of the main gun. Step 4. Add the main gun assembly to the generic hull. Below: With the main gun assembly in place, the Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm) is now fully assembled.
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 Adding Crew Figures To The Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm)
Step 1. Cut the desired crew figure off the resin sprue with a pair of side cutters.
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Below: The suggested crew figures to use with the Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm) are the figure wear the helmet holding binoculars and the figure in the field cap without the shell. Step 2. Add the crew figure wearing the helmet to the inside of the fighting compartment of the Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm).
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Step 3. Add the crew figure wearing the field cap to the inside of the fighting compartment of the Sd Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm). Below: With the crew added to the fighting compartment, the SD Kfz 234/3 (7.5cm) is now fully assembled.
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Along with the generic hull, the components highlighted in blue on the plastic sprue below are used to model the Sd Kfz 234/1 (2cm).

Assembling The Puma Scout Troop (GBX172)
Step 1. Attach the 2cm KwK 38 L/55 gun assembly to the inside of the turret.  Step 2. Next, attach the grenade screen to the top of the turret.
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Step 3. Attach the Sd Kfz 234/1 (2cm) specific stowage bin to the side of the generic hull. Step 4. Attach the top deck to the top of the hull. Step 5. Use the turret peg or rare-earth magnets as a quick and easy way of attaching the turret to the hull.
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Step 6. Add the turret to the hull.

Below: With the turret attached, the Sd Kfz 234/1 (2cm) is now fully assembled.

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Last Updated On Friday, October 11, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront