Bronco 1/35 Armoured Krupp Protze Kfz.69 with 3.7cm PaK 36 (late version)
Overshadowed in history by the Opel Blitz, the Krupp Protze was a 1.5ton 6x4 truck which was produced for the German Army between 1934 and 1941. The most common variant of the Protze was used to tow a standard PaK 36 anti-tank gun but the truck suffered from poor fuel economy, using twice as much fuel as the Blitz. Other variants saw the PaK 36 mounted on the rear cargo bed which leads us to the machine presented here by Bronco which on first impression looks like the ‘A-Team’ knocked it up! In an effort to protect the crew from small arms fire, armour plate was placed over the front of the vehicle and in place of the original cab, which gives this ‘late version’ a slight ‘Heath-Robinson’ appearance.
A new tool for 2017 this really is a great subject and fair play to Bronco for winkling out this machine for production as a kit. On opening the box you are presented with 13 sprues, eight tyres, one PE sheet, one decal sheet and the usual high quality A4 booklet. A 34 stage build, it begins from the chassis up, which is a work of art in its own right with great engine, gearbox and suspension detail well represented. There are multiple opportunities to deviate from the machine represented on the box and right up to stage 32; you could just display a standard Protze with a PaK 36 on the back before covering it in armour plate. The colour guide presents a machine of the 2nd Company, 44th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Mountain Division in the Ukraine in 1941 but to be honest it would not be difficult to create a machine from a different unit or location. A great kit!
Thanks very much to Jane at Bronco Models for our review sample.
First published in MM4711
Product: Plastic kit
Parts: Approx 400
Price: Approx £38
Manufacturer: Bronco Models
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