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Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t
Final Lower Hull Fitting
All I can say is that the fit is perfect,and now to the paint shop for priming of the lower hull interior and chassis,engine,drive train,and wheel assemblies.

Lower Hull Final Fit Right Angle

Lower Hull Final Fit Right Rear Angle

Lower Hull Final Fit Right Front Shot

Lower Hull Final Fit Left Side

Lower Hull Final Fit Engine Shot

Lower Hull Final Fit Front Shot

Lower Hull Final Fit Left Rear Angle

German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Restored and Running

                                       

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t
Steps 9-15
Lower Hull Assembly

These steps included the complete construction of the Lower Hull. These steps went pretty easy,and I love the small PE parts on the front driver’s panel. When installing the front driver compartment,I noticed a gap between the front and left sides of the hull where the compartment/seat assembly was located. So what I did was close the gap to butt against the outer panels. In doing this if found this to be an error on my part,because when adding the seat assemblies in,they didn’t align up with locating points,so I had to adjust the seats so this would be corrected. Otherwise everything else was a joy.

Lower Hull Front Angle Shot

Lower Hull Rear Left Angle Shot

Lower Hull Rear Right Angle Shot

Lower Hull Rear Shot

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Construction Step 8
Dry Fitting of Tracks

Dry Fitting of Tracks2

Dry Fitting of Tracks1

Dry Fitting of Tracks3

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Construction Steps 5-7

In step 5, it was the assembly of the front axle and suspension,this went together nicely. 

In Step 6 the front suspension assembly was installed to the chassis.I had to sand the ends down a little so it would fit nice and snug. Next was the gearbox and steering assembly,which was no problem.

Step 7 involves the construction of the the rear chassis plate which has the large inside tow hitch housing as well as the outer standard half-track tow hitch. I found it much easier to put parts A12 and A13 in after the plate and housing was on. Next was the road wheels,idler wheels and outer front drive sprocket. There is a lot of play with the idler wheels on the torsion bar suspension. Otherwise these steps were pretty straightforward. However there are a lot of small,thin,fragile parts that can be damaged when installing these subassemblies

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket1

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket2

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket3

Front Steering, Suspension,Running Gear,Road Wheels,Idler Wheels And Front Sprocket4

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Construction Step 4

Engine being added to the frame. The only procedures of this step was the fitting of the engine on to the frame and the two exhaust systems. In the case of the engine, there was a little bit of sanding the ends of the motor mounts for it to fit right. No biggie, I had to be very careful to wrap the exhaust systems in and around the chassis. Otherwise everything went well,without any hitch.

Engine and Exhaust System Installed

Engine And Exhaust System Installed

Engine and Exhaust System Installed

Engine and Exhaust System Installed

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t.

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t
Construction Steps 1-3

The Maybach HL 85 TUKRM engine came together quite nicely although the large radiator is not included.Also the transmission assembly was nicely fitted together.

The Maybach HL 85 TUKRM engine The Maybach HL 85 TUKRM engine

The drive sprocket modification for the correct offset of the drive teeth,was an issue. The rollers on all German half-tracks were offset towards the front (left and right sides) of the flat track pad section of the sprocket to allow the roller to intermesh with the tracks correctly. This is quite easy to fix by just cutting off the locating tabs on the inside of the separate tooth rings (parts B22) and fit with the rollers aligned correctly for the right and left side sprockets.

Front Drive Sprockets Front Drive Sprockets

Assembly of the chassis is straightforward, I had to glue each of the channels and cross members to one side frame first and then add the other frame, this is easier than trying to balance all the parts while fitting the two side frames together. The only thing to watch is that the chassis is perfectly square before the glue dries but due to the size this shouldn’t be a problem.

The Rail Assembly

Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Background

The Sonderkraftfahrzeug 8 (“special motorized vehicle 8”) was a German half-track that saw widespread use in World War II. Its main roles were as a prime mover for heavy towed guns such as the 21 cm Mörser 18, the 15 cm Kanone 18 and the 10.5 cm FlaK 38. Approximately 4,000 were produced between 1938 and 1945. It was used in every campaign fought by the Germans in World War II, notably the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, the Balkans Campaign, the Eastern Front, the North African Campaign, the Battle of Normandy and the Italian Campaign.

All Sd.Kfz.8s were built as artillery tractors with some being converted for other uses after entering service. Most notable were the 10 vehicles with 8.8 cm Flak 18 anti-aircraft guns mounted on pedestals, all these were all built on the DB s8 and DB 9 chassis and not the DB 10 chassis which featured torsion bar suspension and full steel dish front wheels (as depicted in this kit), this differed from earlier DB s8/DB 9 chassis which had leaf spring bogies and open spoke front wheels similar to the 8ton Sd.Kfz.7.
The Sd.Kfz. 8 had a ladder frame chassis.

Power was provided by a Maybach 12-cylinder, water-cooled, 8.52 litre (520 cu in) HL 85 TUKRM gasoline engine of 185 horsepower (188 PS). It had a semi-automatic ZF transmission with four forward and one reverse gears.

German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Back to work,this is my new project after over one year of relocation. Great to be back.

 

Trumpeter 1/35 German Sd.Kfz.8 DB10 Gepanzerte 12t

Trumpeter 1/35 German Sd.Kfz.8 DB10 Gepanzerte 12t

 

 

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