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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 04:48 PM UTC
Bronco Models has released news of their latest model in the works, this time it’s a Protze truck towing a 3.7cm Pak 36.
The Krupp-Protze, Kfz.69 was designed in 1929 as a 6x4 heavy field car for the German Army. But changing priorities led to it being re-designed and produced as an artillery tractor. The Krupp designation was L2H43 and the first examples left the factory in 1934, the early examples were powered by an air-cooled 53hp 3.3 Litre Krupp M 302 engine. The body was designed to seat six. Driver and assistant as well as the gun crew, with provision for ammunition and tools. This version was produced until 1936 when it was replaced by the L2H143 with more powerful 60hp engine and slightly longer wheel base. About 7,000 Krupp-Protze trucks were built with the majority being the Kfz.69, with small numbers of other variants using the same chassis. Production ended in 1941 in favour of small half-track tractors with better off-road mobility.

The Kfz.69 was used to tow the 3.7cm PaK.36 anti-tank gun, designed originally in 1924 as a horse-drawn artillery piece. In the early 1930's the carriage was redesigned for motor transport and the Kfz.69 developed as its primary tractor. The PaK.36 could penetrate 31mm of armour at 500 meters, which was more than enough to penetrate most of the lightly armoured tanks of the period. It was used in Poland, France, North Africa and Russia up until 1942 when it was replaced by larger guns. With the demise of the PaK.36 the Kfz.69 was often used to tow small 2cm and 3.7cm anti-aircraft guns.

CB35133 – Krupp Protze L2H143 Kfz 69 with 3.7cm Pak 36 (Early Version) – 1/35th scale
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Just LOVE the orange-tufted seats...not! Ya, I know that its only a mock-up pic, but seriously? Orange?
NOV 23, 2017 - 12:45 PM
Well if they did them black in the CAD you wouldn't see the detail on the pulled in button upholstery Quite a call there Darius. Tamiya are not known for making different variants of the same basic vehicle (as opposed to their reusing just the hull and running gear that is), but they first produced the Protze cargo variant, then re-tooled for the extra sprues for gun tractor later. Obviously they saw they had a market to sell to. Would you say the SdKfz 222 or 223 armoured cars or the Centurion Tank were not popular vehicles, Tamiya producing the only ones around in decades? Just a friendly pull on your leg here.
NOV 23, 2017 - 02:33 PM
I've built the Tamiya, and eagerly await these.
NOV 23, 2017 - 02:39 PM
Would you say the SdKfz 222 or 223 armoured cars or the Centurion Tank were not popular vehicles, Tamiya producing the only ones around in decades? Just a friendly pull on your leg here. [/quote] **** Hey Lindberg did a 222!
NOV 23, 2017 - 03:56 PM
Maybe I should have said, the only ones that look like the real thing, in decades
NOV 23, 2017 - 07:38 PM
Of course they will not be orange, that is only for the CAD system. The paint diagrams will specify the following colours: Light pink seats Dark purple/violet body with white trim (the lines shown as yellowish in the CAD images), there will also be more white trim than shown in the images. Dark red chassis and wheel hubs, "black" tyres with white side walls. Nuts/bolts on the hubs will be light blue. The internal floors will be silver and the running boards will be metallic gold. Knobs, handles, steering wheel et.c. will be gloss black. Optional decals for the parade version will include yellow/orange flames with red outlines for the vertical areas inside of the front wheel arches. The flames will seem to be coming out from under the hood/bonnet lid. / Robin
NOV 23, 2017 - 11:38 PM
Maybe I should have said, the only ones that look like the real thing, in decades [/quote] Looks like the crew had some bad spicy food and didn't quite make it off the hull to the latrine. There is an outlet store near me that has a bunch of Lindberg kits, and looking at the pics of the finished models on the boxes makes me a little sick inside. I don't think I could bear building one even to make a paint mule.
NOV 24, 2017 - 05:58 AM
Robin, I think your a true MASTER ARTIST at heart, and or a POET! Your distend to be a great "Boxcar Artist", keep working at It!
NOV 24, 2017 - 08:19 AM
Maybe I should have said, the only ones that look like the real thing, in decades [/quote] _____ I didn't know it came with a 75mm lol!
NOV 24, 2017 - 12:24 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
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