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Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV Assembly and Paint The construction of this kit was not a weekend project. It required time, patience, skill, and a little luck to build. It is beautifully detailed an…

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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

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363.

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363.

Dragon 1/35 PzKfpw IV Ausf.D mit 7.5cm KwK 40 L/43 (6330).

Dragon Models 8.8 cm Pak 43 Waffentrager (Kit 6728).

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1/35th German Military Vehicles

The Panzer II was the common name for a family of German tanks used in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen II (abbreviated PzKpfw II). Although the vehicle had originally been designed as a stopgap while more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II, during the Polish and French campaigns. By the end of 1942 it had been largely removed from front line service, and production of the tank itself ceased by 1943.

The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c was the final development version of the Panzer II light tank. The biggest change made on this version of the tank was the replacement of the six small paired road wheels of the Ausf a and Ausf b tanks with five larger independently sprung road wheels. The number of return rollers was also increased, from three to four. The Ausf c retained the 13mm armour of the earlier development versions. The new suspension increased the hieght of the tank by 3cm.

Alan, of St. Petersburg, Russia produced this kit. The moldings are fair. Although Alan kits are “short run”, they definitely qualify as being at the top end of “short run” kits, or even the lower end of “mainstream” producers’ kits. While not of “Big T” quality perhaps, with a little care a very attractive miniature can be made from this kit. Tracks are individual-link construction, a big advance over the “rubber band” tracks seen in some “major” producers’ kits. Alan’s 1/35 Panzer II Ausf. C is molded in light gray plastic and includes nicely molded leaf spring suspension units, a photo-etched muffler screen, and markings for 4 vehicles.

This is a neat early war German tank. It should find its way into a lot of collections of German AFVs. I purchased my kit on sale at Hobbytown in Seattle,Wa. When I built this kit, as far as I can remember it went together very nicely. You can still see it spring up on the internet, and still a great bargain.

Finally “cracked open this little nut”. There was a challenge along each step. I will not go into detail,but in my opinion,this kit is totally overrated. Don’t get me wrong it is a beauty,but things just don’t go together as planned. Oh well. Dig these pics.Great detail in the werfers,they were a pain,those fine lines and igniters are the bomb.      

My name is Victor Michael Feodorov. I’m a plastic modeling enthusiast  and specialize in 1/35th scale models of Second World War German military vehicles. I’ve been building models since the early sixties, and started taking it up again seriously around 1995. I have picked up many tricks along the way which I’ll share as the months go by. I invite you to submit your work with a short description and I’ll happily post it. It’s my hope that this blog will serve as a source for technique and information as well as a forum for displaying models. If you share my passion for modeling, German weaponry and World War II, I encourage you to comment and/or submit your work. I’ll do the same. Perhaps in this way we can expand our network and share the techniques to bring our 1/35 scale models to life.

I also  professional custom build German military kits to your own personal specs. the way.For a professionally built 1/35th scale German military vehicle done right . Please contact me via e-mail.Or check out my blog @https://armourpro.wordpress.com/ to see my work. Thankyou for the opportunity to share my comments.

Victor Michael Feodorov

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