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SDKFZ 263 Armored Radio Car (8-Wheel)


Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 1937
Manufactured by: Deutsche Werke, Schichau
Crew: 5
Armament: Main: (1) 7.92mm MG34 Machine Gun
Engine: 8-Cylinder Gasoline (Bussing-NAG L8V)
Miscellaneous Info: The eight-wheeled Sdkfz 263 Armored Radio Car [Panzerfunkwagen (8 Rad)] 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 Armored Radio Car Data Sheet by David Haugh


Reference Source/Provider
Sdkfz 263 Armored Radio Car (8-Wheel) Photos David Haugh - Content Editor
    Sdkfz 263 Armored Radio Car (8-Wheel) Photos 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 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) Tiger Model Designs 1/35 Resin; Useable on Sdkfz 231 Series of vehicles (Check references)

Model Photos

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