Saturday, 7 September 2013
German Army Kublewagens
The German Kublewagen (Bucket Car) was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and used extensively by the German Army in WW2. The design was based on the civilian Volkswagen Beetle. It was the German Army's equivalent of the U.S. Jeep. The smaller vehicles of War tend tend to be overlooked somewhat in favour of the tanks and armoured cars. I have a few examples of the Britains Kublewagen but of course, I wanted a few more, so I modelled these two using the Britains model to take measurements from.
The models were made from 20, 30 and 40 thou plastic sheet. Evergreen styrene strips were used for the raised ribs on the sides. Ertl tractor wheels were used for the road wheels and steering wheels came from a cheap toy jeep. The canopy on the Wermacht vehicle was heat formed as described in an earlier post. The folded canopy on the Afrika Korps vehicle was made up from Milliput. The curved mudguards were made up by wrapping plastic sheet of the required width around a suitable former and plunging in hot water. A rim was added and sanded to shape, once the mudguards were attached to the vehicles.
Afrika Korps vehicle painted in Testors Afrika Mustard.
Wermacht vehicle painted in Tamiya German Grey.