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SDKFZ 263 Panzerfunkwagen (Radio) 8-Rad Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1937
Manufactured by: Deutsche Werke, Schichau
Crew: 5
Armament: Main: (1) 7.92mm MG34
Engine: 8 Cylinder Bussig-NAG L8V
Miscellaneous Info: The eight-wheeled heavy radio car is based on the same chassis as the SDKFZ 231/232 Fu 8-Rad and Sdkfz 233 7.5cm 8-Rad.  These vehicles were the successor to the Sdkfz 263 6-rad series of radio armored cars although they served along side one another at times.
Data Sheet Available:   Sdkfz 263 8 Rad Armored Car Data Sheet by David Haugh


Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 263 8 Rad Radio Car Photos David Haugh - Content Editor
    Sdkfz 263 8-Rad Radio Car Photo Imperial War Museum

References Available


Reference Source/Provider


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Büssing's schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 2: Sd.Kfz. 233 (7,5 cm), Panzerfunkwagen Sd.Kfz. 263 and Panzermesskraftwagen" (Nuts & Bolts Volume 36) Martin Block and Holger Erdmann
Die Gepanzerten Radfahrzeuge: Des Deutschen Heeres 1905-1945 Walter Spielberger
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two (Revised) Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle
German Armored Cars 1905-1945 Mariusz Skotnicki
German Armored Cars and Reconnaissance Halftracks (Osprey New Vanguard #29) Bryan Perrett
German Armored Cars In Action - Squadron/Signal Publications David Doyle
German Armored Cars of World War Two John Milsom & Peter Chamberlain
German Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #33 Major General N.W. Duncan

German Armoured Cars 1921-1945 Part 2 (Pegaz # 6)

Pegaz Publishing
  "German Armoured Reconnaissance" (July 2015 Issue of Classic Miltiary Vehicle Magazine) John Blackman
German Early War Armored Fighting Vehicles - World War Two AFV Plans George Bradford
German Eight-Wheeled Reconnaissance Vehicles Horst Scheibert
Military Vehicles in Detail #2: Sdkfz 231/234 8- Rad Terry Gander
Panzerspahwagen: Armored Cars Sdkfz 3 to Sdkfz 263 (Panzer Tracts No. 13) Thomas Jentz
Panzerspahwagen Sdkfz 231/232 Wehrmacht Heavy 6 & 8 Wheeled Armoured Cars and their Derivatives - Tankograd Publishing #4010

Review by Patrick Keenan at the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Website

Henry Hoppe
Puma and Other Heavy Reconnaissance Vehicles Horst Scheibert
Schwerer Panzerspaehwagen (Sd.Kfz.231, 232, and 233) and Panzerfunkwagen (Sd.Kfz.263) (Panzer Tracts No. 13-2) Thomas Jentz & Hilary Doyle

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
SdKfz.263 8-Rad Panzerfunkwagen model kit (AF35263)   AFV Club 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; New Tooled.
SdKfz.263 (Mod 1939) 8-Rad Panzerfunkwagen model kit (CB35124) Bronco Models 1/35 Injection molded Plastic
SDKFZ 263 Fu Armored Car Kit (0708) Roden 1/72 Injection molded Plastic
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
SDKFZ 263 Fu Conversion ADV/Azimut 1/35 Use with Tamiya SDKFZ 232 Kit
SDKFZ 263 PanzerFunkwagen Conversion (GAS48120) Gaso.line 1/48 Use with Tamiya SDKFZ 232 Kit (32574)
SDKFZ 263 Fu Conversion (3519) New Connection Models 1/35 Use with Tamiya SDKFZ 232 Kit
SDKFZ 263 Fu Conversion (GF014) Pit Road 1/35 Use with Tamiya SDKFZ 232 Kit
Sdkfz 232 Series Wheel Set (35090) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin.
Sdkfz 232 8-wheeled armored car series Tire Chains (AVM35046)   Minor Model 1/35 Photo Etched brass; Contains enough material for 4 wheels.  Set for use with the AFV Club Series of model kits.
Sd.Kfz.231/232/263 (8 Rad) Short Exhaust Pipes Moskit 1/35  
SdKfz. 231/232 Wheel/Tire Set Royal Model 1/35  
German Armored Car Lifting Hook-Riveted (10027)

Review by Patrick Keenan at the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Website
Tiger Model Designs 1/35 Resin; Useable on Sdkfz 231 Series of vehicles (Check references)

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 263 Funkwagen Armored Car Model Photos Erik Johansen - South Shields, Tyne & Wear UK