Wednesday, November 22

Preview: Bronco's 35th scale Krupp Protze Kfz.69 L 2 H 143 with 3.7cm Pak 36 (Early version)

Could this possibly be the most detailed Protze in 35th scale? We take a look at Bronco Models newest kitting of the Krupp Protze Kfz.69 L 2 H 143 with 3.7cm Pak 36 (Early version) in our preview - see what's coming in this well known (and very neat looking) Truck and gun combo...

New from Bronco Models in December

Krupp Protze Kfz.69 L 2 H 143 with 3.7cm Pak 36 (Early version)
From Bronco Models 
1/35th Scale
Photo-etch parts included
Decals for three versions available from the box.
Item no. #CB35133
The L 2 H 43 and L 2 H 143 "Krupp-Protze" (unofficial designation) was a six-wheeled 6x4 German truck and artillery tractor produced between 1934 and 1941 and heavily used in World War II. It was powered by a 55 hp or, from 1936, 60 hp Krupp M 304 4-cylinder petrol engine. Its main purpose was to tow artillery, especially the PaK 36, and transport motorized infantry.
This vehicle was extensively used on the Eastern Front, during the North African campaign and in France and Sicily. The "Krupp-Protze" was of relatively advanced design. Its fuel consumption was relatively high (24 Litres / 100 km on road) in comparison to the comparable Opel Blitz 1.5 t truck (16.5 litres / 100 km, produced 1938 - 1942). Total production was about 7,000 units.

A graphic - not from Bronco - describing some of the vehicle's parts

The most common variant was the Kfz.69 used to tow the 3.7cm PaK.36 anti-tank gun and carried its crew and ammunition. Some trucks mounted the 3.7cm Pak.36 on the rear cargo bed as a simple self-propelled gun which could quickly be brought into action.

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.

This is the model that Bronco has given us in this release.

The Kit from Bronco
This gun is a smart adaptation to the very well detailed Protze, and we can see a lot more coming based on this truck in the future.

Here are the 3D renders of this vehicle & gun combo from Bronco
The Protze by itself...
The gun - The Pak 36 was the standard anti-tank gun as Germany began the war in 1939. It was good against light tanks but could not penetrate heavier tanks such as the British Matilda and the French Somua S35. 
Let's look a little at Bronco's product brochure about this kit and see some of the quite interesting features this model offers.
The three marking options for this kit comes straight from the box 
This kit from Bronco Models should be available from their distributors worldwide in December