Tuesday, November 15

Bronco's new Sd.Kfz 247 Ausf.A 6 wheeler ready to blitzkrieg onto your workbench

The WWII vintage early war German Sd.Kfz 247 was not made in great numbers - but that did not stop Bronco Models taking it on as an injection moulded kit. We have a look at what is coming our way in CAD images, features and some background on this six-wheeled truck...

Bronco's new Item Preview.

Sd.Kfz.247 Ausf.A German Armored Command Car
1/35th scale
Product No: CB35095
two sheets of photo etch detail included
Decals also provided
Sd.Kfz.247 Ausf.A German Armored Command Car
In 1936 the German army issued a requirement for a command and personnel car. As a result, Krupp manufactured the Sd.Kfz 247 Ausf.A using their 6x4 Protze truck chassis in 1937.
This 6-wheeled (6×4) version was designed and produced in 1937 by Daimler-Benz, but it is often cited as being built by Krupp. This was because the largely available Krupp L2H 143 Prötze was used as a basis. The Ausf.A reused its chassis, engine and suspension, with few modifications except for the sloped armoured hull that was entirely welded. There were three axles with six single wheels, standard tires, and only the front axle was used for steering. The wheels were all suspended by leaf springs, common for the rear axles.

The air-cooled four-cylinder gasoline Krupp M304 engine, 3308 cubic cm, gave a maximum output of 60 hp at 2500 rpm. The transmission was a Zahnfabrik Gb35bL with four forward and one reverse gears. The 110 litre fuel tank allowed a maximum range of 350 km (220 mi) on the road and 220 km (140 mi) off-road. Since it weighed 5.2 tons, the top speed was around 70 km/h (43 mph) on flat ground.

It was unarmed, open-top, although a tarpaulin could be deployed to cover the rear compartment. The only weapons on-board were the personal weapons of the crew. They were often equipped with telescopic sights, but no radio. The hull counted six vision slits and two lateral access doors, just behind the driver’s compartment. Armor thickness ranged from 6 to 8 mm (0.24-0.31 in).

The Sd.Kfz 247 Ausf.A was designed as a command car for use by the Commanders of motorcycle reconnaissance battalions. It was not issued with a radio as standard equipment and carried no fixed armament. Only 10 of the six-wheeled Ausf.A model were built, and these served in the early years of WWII, a few surviving until 1945. A smaller Sd.Kfz 247 Ausf.B was built by Daimler-Benz using a 4x4 heavy car chassis, 58 were built 1941-42.

Here is the CAD drawings of this kit, it shows off the kit in a walkaround style - it does look pretty detailed from these angles.
Here are some of the other features from the poster - they are written up in a bit of rough English, so instead of me translating it I thought I would let the pictures do the talking.

Opticals are of a high standard on this kit.
 This kit should be available sometime around December this year – check out the Bronco Models website for more on all of their kits.