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Here are several photos of my Dragon PAK 40/4 auf  RSO painted with Model Master Enamels,  MIG Pigments,Washes and 502 Abteilung Modeling Oil Colors. Unit Unknown

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Upper body and bed and lower wheels,track,and suspension ready for paint. I used several photo etched sets including the one from Dragon. Note: when assembling rear end make sure you fit the drive train and wheels before completing  the multi- piece differential. Obviously you have to paint the engine before installing the front driver section on.

History

In 1944, the Germans mounted the widely used 7.5cm Pak 40 on the chassis of the RSO in an attempt to make up for a shortage of tank destroyers. The RSO which stood for Raupenschlepper Ost,
was developed as an affordable tractor well suited for hauling supplies and light artillery in the snow and mud often found on the Eastern Front.

There were two principal types manufactured by four different manufacturers, although Steyr remained the principal. In 1944 87 RS/01 and RSO/02 were adapted to mount the 7.5cm PaK 40 to fulfil the role of unarmoured tank destroyer.The suspension was a very basic design with all steel wheels and just four small leaf springs but the all tracked design and high ground clearance gave it excellent performance in the worst of conditions. Of the approximately 23,000 RSO’s of all versions produced, 60 were built to mount the PaK 40/4 anti-tank on the rear flat bed and a lightly armoured front driver’s compartment.

They were deployed in combat by Army Group South on the Eastern Front. These field trials indicated that, like with the early Marders, the gun-crew were unacceptably exposed to enemy small arms fire.The RSO or ‘Raupenschlepper Ost’ was designed and built as a result of German experiences during the winter of 1941/42 demonstrating the need for a fully tracked prime mover.
Steyr came up with the RSO, deliberately designing the high ground clearance to counter deep snow. There were two principal types manufactured by four different manufacturers, although Steyr remained the principal. In 1944 87 RS/01 and RSO/02 were adapted to mount the 7.5cm PaK 40 to fufill the role of unarmoured tank destroyer.

The Kit

This new release from Dragon is the first modern tooling of this easily recognized AFV. The kit combines Dragon’s existing Pak 40 with new Smart Kit tooling for the RSO chassis, the gun platform, driver’s compartment, engine, transmission and the gun mounting. The majority of this kit is new tooling to Dragon’s latest standards.

Other features include Magic Tracks and a sprue of shells and other munitions. A small PE fret includes the movable centre plate for the gun shield, vision flaps on the gun shield, hinged plates above the driver’s compartment, centre detail on the road wheels and the ends of the suspension struts. The gatefold instructions have 21 steps of line drawings.

AfterMarket Parts
Voyager PE35367 WWII German RSO chassis set PAK40: 4 self-propelled artillery pieces of the basic update: with rivets

Brand: Voyager Number: PE35367
Size: 1 / 35 WWII German Steyr RSO chassis set 75mm PAK40 / 4 self-propelled artillery pieces of basic update / with rivets
Attachment of the Dragon 6640
Package content: photo etch: 2 pieces, metal pieces, glue sticks, and wire. 

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