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

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