Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Krupp Protze - The Kit

Or, rather, one of the kits. I have the older Tamiya Krupp in 1/35 scale but this new kit is produced by Dragon in 1/72 scale--approximately half the size of the scale in which I'm used to working. The version depicted in this kit is the Kfz.70 personnel transport. Even so, the kit includes a 3.7cm PaK 35/36 that can be built either being towed or separately in firing mode. No figures are included. A full chassis is represented and all the small, fiddly parts such as vehicle tools and suspension are separately cast.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

German Adler Kfz.13 - Initial Interior Construction

Initial work on driver's seat, gear shift, emergency brake, and PE plate for machine gun mount. The interior is wide open, calling for the addition of several detail parts.

German Adler Kfz.13 - Initial Frame Construction

Addition of front & rear leaf springs, drive shaft, and rear axle. The engine is only represented by the lower half as the front of the vehicle is closed up. Still need to add PE braces inside front fenders then front axle.

German Adler Kfz.13 - The Kit

As with the real vehicle, color schemes and markings are extremely limited. Three are shown in the instructions: Unit Unknown, Poland, 1939 (Overall German Gray); Unit Unknown, France, 1940 (Overall German Gray); and Unit Unknown, Training, Germany, 1937 (German Gray/Red Brown/Olive Green/Flat Yellow camouflage).
Five sprues in Bronco's usual tan styrene plus one sheet of PE and one of decals. In addition to the specific markings shown in the instructions, the decals also include complete number series and blank registration plates allowing you to assign virtually any number to your armored car. (Next time I'll first remove the individual bags!)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

German Adler Kfz. 13 - The Real Deal

The Kfz.13 light armored car was one of the first armored vehicles built in Germany after World War I. In 1932, the Adler Werk produced their "Standard 6" car chassis with an armored body designed and built by Deutsche Edelstahl AG in Hanover. The 8mm armor was sufficient to protect the crew of two (driver and gunner) from small arms fire. Its sole armament was a light machine gun, such as the MG13 or MG34. These vehicles were extensively used in Nazi propaganda movies of the 1930s and some saw action in Poland and France. Production ended in 1934 and by 1939 they had been largely replaced by the Sd.Kfz.221/222 series. Note the lack of markings and an apparent crew of three.

German PzKpfw. II - The Kit

This is Tamiya's 1/35th scale kit of the Ausf. C. Markings are included for three vehicles: Two from the 35th Pz Reg, 4th Pz Div, Warsaw, Poland, 1939 and one from the 33rd Pz Bat, 4th Lt Div, Poland, 1939. As all three are in German panzer gray, I'm planning on modeling a Pz II C from North Africa, most likely one from the 3rd Pz Rgt, 15th Pz Div, allowing me to finish it in German "desert" yellow (actually yellow brown/sand yellow). Modeling a North African Pz II will also let me add armor and other accoutrements that were retro-fitted in the field. I plan to document these additions/changes as I get to them in the build.

German PzKpfw. II - The Real Deal

The Panzerkampfwagen II (also known as the Panzer II and abbreviated PzKpfw II) was the common name for a family of German tanks used in World War II. Although originally designed as a stopgap measure due to delays in production of the Panzer III and Panzer IV, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II. Production began in 1935 and it was largely removed from front-line combat by the end of 1942. The Panzer II saw service during the German campaigns in France, Poland, the Low Countries, Denmark, Norway, North Africa, and the Eastern Front.

The Ausf. C became the standard production model from June 1938 through April 1940 and was the most widespread version of the Panzer II. Early versions of the Ausf. C have a rounded hull front but many were later up-armored by bolting extra armor on the turret front and hull front. Some were also retro-fitted with commander’s cupolas. Many field modifications were also performed.

The main armament was a 2cm KwK 30 L/55 gun and a coaxial 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. The Panzer II Ausf. C carried a crew of 3. The driver sat in the front hull. The commander sat in the turret and was responsible for aiming and firing the guns. The loader/radio operator stood on the floor of the tank under the turret.

Krupp Protze - The Real Deal

The Krupp Protze was a six-wheeled German truck used extensively by German forces during World War Two on the Eastern Front and in North Africa, France, and Sicily. Commonly called “The Boxer,” it was mass-manufactured between 1933 and 1942. Powered by the Krupp M 304 four-cylinder engine, it generated 55 hp (the L2H43, 1933-36) or 60 hp (the L2H143, 1937-42). Total production was approximately 7,000 units.
While its main purpose was to tow artillery, especially the PaK 36, it was also used to transport infantry and for other utility uses:
  • Kfz.19 – Telephone truck
  • Kfz.21 – Staff car
  • Kfz.68 – Radio mast carrier
  • Kfz.69 – Standard configuration for towing the 3.7cm PaK 36
  • Kfz.70 – Standard configuration for personnel transportation
  • Kfz.81 – Ammo carrier conversion for 2cm Flak gun, usually towed
  • Kfz.83 – Generator carrier for anti-aircraft spotlight, usually towed
  • Sd.Kfz.247 Ausf. A – Armored personnel carrier, six-wheeled version. Only twenty built in 1937 before production went to Daimler-Benz who built the Ausf. B four-wheeled version in 1941 and 1942.
Sometimes the anti-tank (3.7cm PaK 36) and anti-aircraft (2cm Flak) guns were mounted directly to the bed of the truck.

Yep, I'm Moving My Projects

After experimenting with Facebook, I've decided to do what I intended from the outset--to post all of my modeling projects and other sundry observations here in this one blog. Check back as things progress here.