|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Development of the Sd.Kfz. 7 can be traced back to a 1934 Wehrmacht requirement for an eight-tonne (7.87 tons) half-track. Various trial vehicles were built by Krauss-Maffei from 1934 to 1938. The production vehicle first appeared in 1938 and was intended to be used mainly as the tractor for the 8.8 cm FlaK gun and the 15 cm sFH 18 150 mm howitzer. Production was stopped in 1944. The vehicle was made by Krauss-Maffei in Munich, the Sauserwerke in Vienna and the Borgward works at Bremen. Because of its heavy power, it often found use as a recovery vehicle.
The Sd.Kfz. 7/2 was armed with a 3.7 cm FlaK 36 L/57 anti-aircraft gun. Again, both open and armored cab variants existed. 123 produced, production ended in February 1945.
Interestingly 250 modified SdKfz 7 vehicles were license built by the Italian Breda company and in the UK, Vauxhall worked on a version, though the war ended before mass production could get underway.
This is another interesting variant of Dragon's very nice heavy half-track. This version has the armored cab that was installed on many of the mobile FlaK versions. This armor is one of the new sprues and is nicely done in plastic. For the gun, the armor is in photo etch. This material is also used for the tread plates on the gun mount as well as the areas on the panels of the flat bed when the vehicle is in the firing position. DS is used for the front wheels and the links are separate for the tracked portion. There is much more as listed by the Dragon PR folks below:
Decals are generic license plates with a bevy of separate numbers and letters. You can paint this pretty well any way you wish from overall Panzer Tan to adding in Green and Brown bits.
With many of the 550 parts devoted to the Magic Tracks, this really will not be a hugely difficult kit to build. It has a lot of photo etch, for sure and there will be a bunch of parts not used, but the end result will be a very nice model of this interesting mobile Flak unit.
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