Dragon 1/72 Kfz.69 6x4 with 3.7cm Pak 35/36
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The L 2 H 43 and L 2 H 143 "Krupp-Protze" (unofficial designation) was a six-wheeled German truck and artillery tractor used by German forces in World War II. It was powered by a 55 hp or 60 hp (since 1936) Krupp M 304 4-cylinder petrol engine. Its main purpose was to tow artillery, especially the PaK 36. It was also used to transport infantry and other utility uses.
This vehicle was extensively used on the Eastern Front, North African campaign and in France and Sicily. The "Krupp-Protze" was of relatively advanced design. It was mass-manufactured between 1933 and 1941. Its fuel consumption was relatively high (24 Litres / 100 km on road) in comparison to the comparable Opel Blitz 1.5 t truck (16.5 liters / 100 km, produced 1938 - 1942). Total production was about 7,000 units.
Dragon has put considerable new tooling into this kit. Unlike the previous Kfz.70, which was a troop and cargo version, this one has a newly done rear section. This rear cargo area incorporates ammunition storage boxes, seats for the gun crew, and spare wheels. This puts it ahead in accuracy compared to other similar kits that just add in the gun without modifying the prime mover. Included is the nicely done Pak 35/36, adding value to an already nicely done kit. All it is really missing are figures.
Here is a rundown of all the features:
In all, another excellent addition to Dragon's continually growing line of 1/72 military vehicles and one that should be a ton of fun to build. Makes one wonder when or if Dragon will ever get involved in 1/48.
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