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|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Includes two photo etch frets|
The Sd.Kfz. 10 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug - special motorized vehicle) was a German half-track that saw very widespread use in World War II. Its main role was as a prime mover for small towed guns such as the 2 cm FlaK 30, the 7.5 cm leIG, or the 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun. It could carry eight troops in addition to towing a gun or trailer.
The basic engineering for all the German half-tracks was developed during the Weimar-era by the Reichswehr's Military Automotive Department, but final design and testing was farmed out to commercial firms with the understanding that production would be shared with multiple companies. Demag was chosen to develop the smallest of the German half-tracks and spent the years between 1934 and 1938 perfecting the design through a series of prototypes.
The chassis formed the basis for the Sd.Kfz. 250 light armored personnel carrier. Approximately 14,000 were produced between 1938 and 1945, making it one of the most widely produced German tactical vehicles of the war. It participated in the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, the Balkans Campaign and fought on both the Western Front and the Eastern Front, in North Africa and in Italy.The vehicle was modified for a variety of purposes, one of them was to have the Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun installed in the passenger compartment. Some of these modified vehicles were up-armored with additional protection on the front and the cab, to name a few locales.
I've built several Ace models and while they take a bit more prep than some, will build into very nice models. If your a 1/72 armor fan, then you should add this one to your list of things to do.
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