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Opel Blitz Walk Around - Reference
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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2018 - 02:45 AM UTC
A couple of recently found (on line) reference photos of wartime Blitz:

AND AN EXTREMELY RARE PHOTO:

A 6x6 Blitz truck using the "Trado" rear axle!





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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 03:00 AM UTC
No current progress on any Blitz projects in my shop other than I recently modified my existing Blitz trailer giving it higher sides. (The trailer is built from a Blitz frame and wheels using a standard Blitz loadbox.) It is now being paired up with my prototype Skoda RSO Ost and the taller sides, I think, gives it a better look with this vehicle.



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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 02:32 AM UTC
Just thought I might give these reference pages a little bump to once again raise awareness of the "need" for a 4x4 Blitz in plastic!


Mike Koenig Photo - All Rights Reserved
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 05:55 PM UTC
Here, Mike!
www.pietvanhees.nl
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 05:52 PM UTC
Could we please get a link to Piet's site or am I missing something here?
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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 03:01 PM UTC
Piet,

I absolutely love your site and it has been instrumental in helping me through several builds!
Keep up the good work,

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 02:06 PM UTC
I've done my part in making "augmentables" to value your work on the chevy axles. If you can find the plus kit, intended to convert an Italeri Opel Blitz 4x2 to a 4x4 you find a set of neat axles in them.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 04:51 AM UTC
Thanks Javier for the absolutely beautiful axle photos of the Blitz.

As I have said elsewhere I used the axles and transfer case from the old Chevy CMP to build my 4x4 Blitz. The wheel track of the CMP is slightly wider than the Blitz anyway so I carefully made a vertical cut in the CMP round differential and this killed two birds with one cut. e.g. A more narrow wheel track and made for an oval rather than round differential shape.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 01:42 AM UTC
Front & rear axle on Opel Blitz 4x4:





4x4 rear axle was also used on late-production 4x2 by Opel (the steel cabbed one with higher roof + rear wooden wall) and also on the Mercedes L701 (including the postwar version with revised steel cab):

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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:47 PM UTC


The low cargo bed should look like this. (see
www.pietvanhees.nl/mb/ for the rest of the story. )
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 09:10 PM UTC
Well after a relatively brief online search I found two reference photos that prove you to be right and me to be wrong.



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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 08:54 PM UTC
Not trying to be rude, not at all, but I had the definite feeling we were looking at two different things and not on the same page with each other, hence the "pulling my leg" remark.

I have done a fair amount of research on the subject and had my hands on 6 - 7 different actual Blitz restorations. I personally have never seen an Opel Blitz (real or model) with the spare mounted above the frame. Apparently Dragon's reference says there was one and that is what they patterned their model by.

You and I have been talking/comparing apples to oranges.

If I should come across a vehicle as you describe I will certainly be back to report the finding.

Perhaps Frenchy could help with this question.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 07:13 PM UTC
Man how rude!
The spare on the Dragon kit mounts on top of the frame in the middle. On the kit there is no room at the rear to mount it.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 07:41 AM UTC
We are talking about the area behind the rear differential here!

I am beginning to think you are pulling my leg.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 07:29 AM UTC
[quote]It goes below the frame rather than above it. Also the tire is too wide to go between the frame members.

p.s. Again regarding the bus, if you are using the side mounted spare that rear cross member that is used to mount the spare underneath the rear frame should be removed altogether.[/quote
well, I tried this, but the driveshaft is in the way.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 05:20 AM UTC
I almost always buy the Italeri Opel Blitz and CCKW Water trucks whenever I see them at the hobby shows, therefore my stash always has one or more in reserve. I have therefore never had the chance to experience the newer kits.
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 07:38 PM UTC
Have you built a Dragon Opel?
They are sublime.
D
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 06:38 PM UTC
Here is a Blitz 4x4 frame I converted that also illustrates the spare tire mount (minus the tire!)







I used the transfer case and axles from the old Italeri Chevy CMP truck kit for this conversion, though the CMP axles had to be narrowed slightly. (General Motors owned Opel before and after the war so it is reasonable to think that their designs would be similar.)
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 06:34 PM UTC
Thanks, I’ll try that out.
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 06:31 PM UTC
p.p.s. Regarding that rear mounted spare on the Blitz - I often just mount the rim and not the whole tire for a little bit of additional visual interest. Thinking of the later war rubber shortage and the hard use these trucks endured.

I don't know how the other model companies form their tires/rims but given that the Italeri model uses actual rubber tires, their wheel rim looks correct without the tire mounted.
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 06:23 PM UTC
It goes below the frame rather than above it. Also the tire is too wide to go between the frame members.

p.s. Again regarding the bus, if you are using the side mounted spare that rear cross member that is used to mount the spare underneath the rear frame should be removed altogether.
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 05:53 PM UTC
Thanks, I’m doing Dragon’s latest opel ambulance and the wheel won’t fit in it’s normal place without hitting the bottom of the box body.
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:23 AM UTC
Usually between the frame members behind the rear axle. If you are doing the Opel Blitz bus without the side mounted tire up by the driver, then it should also be under the frame at the rear.
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 08:16 AM UTC
where does the spare tire go on a Opel Blitz with a Einheitskabine?
Thanks, Dan
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Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 08:17 PM UTC
Have found interior photos of the Opel bus ambulance but very few of the truck ambulance.

Frenchy, any chance you can help us out on this?