Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad (Mid-production)

    Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad (Mid-production)

    Plastic kit from TAMIYA, for the assembly of a German military vehicle Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad of the Second WW, on 1/35 scale.

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    Plastic kit from TAMIYA, for the assembly of a German military vehicle Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad of the Second WW, on 1/35 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, figures and decals.

    The Sd.Kfz.2 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug 2) is a half-track motorcycle with a single front wheel, better known as the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101 or Kettenkrad for short (plural Kettenkräder; where Ketten means "chains" or "tracks" and krad is the military abbreviation of the German word Kraftrad, the administrative German term for motorcycle). The Kettenkrad started its life as a light tractor for airborne troops. The vehicle was designed to be delivered by Junkers Ju 52 aircraft, though not by parachute. The vehicle had the advantage of being the only gun tractor small enough to fit inside the hold of the Ju 52, and was the lightest mass-produced German military vehicle to use the complex Schachtellaufwerk overlapped and interleaved road wheels used on almost all German military half-tracked vehicles of World War II. Most Kettenkräder saw service on the Eastern Front, where they were used to lay communication cables, pull heavy loads and carry soldiers through the deep Russian mud. Later in the war, Kettenkräder were used as runway tugs for aircraft, especially for the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter, and sometimes the Arado Ar 234 jet reconnaissance-bomber. In order to save aviation fuel, German jet aircraft were towed to the runway, rather than taxiing under their own power. The vehicle was also used in the North African theater and on the Western Front. Only two significant sub-variations of the Kettenkrad were constructed. Production of the vehicle was stopped in 1944, at which time 8,345 had been built. 

    Scale
    1/35
    Era
    WWII
    Nationality
    Germany
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