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.


  1. Great detail Col, I often neglect anything not armoured, think my brother had the Britains one too as a kid, I had the excellent Landrover with gunner on the back, happy days

  2. Thanks Al. They certainly made very good vehicles, it is just a shame they are so expensive to buy second hand now days.

  3. I love the gray one with soft top. I have a question for you. What kind of plastic do you use for the mudgards?

    1. Thank You! I used .20 thou sheet styrene for the mudguards. This was cut to the required width and then wrapped around a suitably sized former (a piece of wooden dowl) and secured with a rubber band. This was then submerged in boiling hot water and after a minute or so plunged into ice cold water to set it. The mudguards are then cut to length and a curved piece of plastic was attached to the outer edge and filed down to form the rim of the mudguard. Hope this helps. Cheers