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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


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



Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)

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Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)

The Kit

Hobby Boss has their kit molded mostly in tan plastic with the individual track links being done in black. The kit provides a detailed suspension and there is quite a bit of detail included inside the turret as well.

Five of the eight construction pages are dedicated to the construction of the turret and its various bits and pieces. You get the gunner’s and commander’s seats as well as the various radios and ammunition storage that was included in the turret. There is also a fully detailed gun breech.

The kit does include photo etch and that consists of three engine cover screens. For a tow cable, a nice length of brass wire is provided.

          The detail on this kit is very well done with high quality detailed  welded seams.

Hobby Boss 1/35 VK4502 (P) Hinten (Kit 82445)


Planning for the Tiger II started in May 1941, that is a whole year before the Tiger I went into production. By Fall 1942 / January 1943, designers started work on a new heavy tank that would eventually replace the Tiger I. Hitler wanted the new Tiger to be armed with a caliber 88mm, long gun and have 150mm frontal armor and 80mm side armor. Front and side plates were to be sloped and interlocked, a similar design to the Panther Sd Kfz 171.

Henschel and Porsche developed competing designs for the new vehicle. Porsche provided two projects that were based on the previous VK 4501(P) design and were designated VK4502(P). The first one, Typ 180 Turm Vorne (Turret Forward) A/B, had its turret mounted centrally, while Typ 181 Turm Hinten (Turret Back) A/B/C, had its turret mounted in the rear with a mid-mounted engine. Both designs shared the same chassis and hull, along with all the other components and gasoline-electric system of VK4501(P).

Construction of three prototypes was underway by February 1943. The turret and guns were designed by Krupp, the distinctively shaped ‘P2-Turm’ turrets which were designed for these vehicles have since been called Porsche Turrets. As production of these had already started the first 50 KingTiger were fitted with these. Unfortunately the large armoured ‘lip’ surrounding the turret ring on the Type-180 was not a feature of the Henschel design and resulted in a major shot trap below the mantlet. All later production King Tiger vehicles used the H3-Turm turret, commonly known as the Henschel Turret. It seems that one of the Porsche Type-180 vehicles may have been in operation since a Porsche Tiger with an 8.8cm L/71 gun is listed as part of the Panzer Kompanie Kummersdorf on March 1945. Virtually all operational Tiger II tanks, and prototypes were used at the end of the war.





 Hobby Boss 1/35 German VK4502 (P) Hintern

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Final Shots

In these last pictures they are pretty self explanatory. After the chipping was done I did a very light drybrush of Testors Model Master Steel for some areas of wear. Did a pin wash, using MIG BrownWash,Light and Medium Rust. I then drybrushed the rear exhaust pipes with Mig Rust Pigments. The wheels and track, and lower hull received a dusting of various earth pigments. Well it’s a wrap.





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