...pre-release photos from Dragon Models 6718
An update on a new kit due from Dragon, and one that is set to please German half-track as well as Stug fans. This version of the little Sdkfz 251 series of half tracks, with a steeply sloping covered body , plus a small trailer, carried spare ammunition for the Stug units on the move, where the cross-country capability of the half-track enabled it to keep up with the Stugs themselves and allow for replenishment in the field. It is not in the shops yet but UK importers The Hobby Company have kindly provided some early photos of a test build from Dragon. With detail inside the crew compartment as well as the engine, this looks good.
Their Press Release tells us -
The Sd.Kfz.252 leichte Gepanzerte Munitionskraftwagen was based on the chassis of the well-known Sd.Kfz.250 family of light halftracks. It was a lightly armored ammunition carrier that accompanied Sturmartillerie batteries. From June 1940 through to September 1941, a total of 413 Sd.Kfz.252s were built. The sleekly angled halftrack often towed an Sd.Ah.32/1 ammunition trailer that carried an additional 36 rounds of 75mm ammunition. The Sd.Kfz.252 was used on both the Western and Eastern fronts, but its function was eventually taken over by the Sd.Kfz.250/6.
Now we are offering an exciting kit of the Sd.Kfz.252 ammo carrier towing an Sd.Ah.32/1 ammo trailer. Despite visual similarities with the Sd.Kfz.250 Alte family, this kit features a great many new parts. An example is the upper hull from the engine hood to the rear angled plate. In this part, hatches can be displayed open or closed depending on the modeler’s wishes, including the rear sliding compartment. Even the headlights have been made anew, and also brand new are the fenders. The vehicle interior has received a loving makeover too, including the floor, dashboard and parts such as the radio. There is a supply of accurately detailed ammo cases as well. Magic Track is also included. The ammo trailer is completely new too, of course, and its doors can be shown open or closed. Such a fascinating vehicle combination will no doubt inspire many creative dioramas.
Thanks to the Hobby Company, the UK importers and Dragon Models for the news.
|Sd.Kfz.252 leichte Gepanzerte Munitionskraftwagen mit Sd.Ah.32/1 Trailer in 1/35...|
...pre-release photos from Dragon Models 6718 By Robin Buckland
by Robin Buckland
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