Dragon Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Flak Halftrack

Dragon Models is releasing a new 1/35th-scale kit in their ’39-’45 Series depicting the Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Ausf. C armed with the 2cm Flak 38 — No. 6592: Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Ausf. C (2 in 1)

sdkfz-251-halftrack-flak-ausf-c

 

ICM Maultier Halftrack Ambulance

ICM has announced a 1/35th-scale kit depicting a German Maultier halftrack ambulance from WWII: No. 35414 – V3000S/SS M Maultier with Shelter (WWII German Ambulance Truck).

V3000S/SS M Maultier with Shelter (WWII German Ambulance Truck)

 

Dragon Sd.Kfz. 10 with 5cm Pak 38

New WWII kit release from Dragon Models in the ’39-’45 SeriesNo. 6732: Sd.Kfz. 10 Ausf. A w/ 5cm Pak 38.

Dragon Models Sd.Kfz. 10 Ausf. A with 5cm Pak 38

 

Learn to Recognize These Half-Tracks

Halftracks Recognition Poster

( Training Poster, U.S. Army Orientation Course )


 

Sd.Kfz.3a Maultier Half Track mit 3.7cm FlaK 37

November 2012 release from Cyber Hobby: 1/35th Sd.Kfz.3a Maultier Half Track mit 3.7cm FlaK 37.

Sdkfz 3a Maultier Halftrack mit 37mm FlaK 37 Model Kit
 

Maco 1/72nd 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf sWS

Maco continues to add to their 1/72nd series of schwere Wehrmachtschlepper (sWS) kits with the new 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf sWS (1/72).

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Sd.Kfz. 10 Halftrack

Shown below are Bundesarchiv photographs of the German Sd.Kfz. 10 halftrack. (Sd.Kfz. = Sonderkraftfahrzeug or special-purpose motorized vehicle.) The Sd.Kfz. 10 was used extensively by the German military throughout WWII as a light tractor and prime mover with over 14,000 produced. The Sd.Kfz. 10 chassis also formed the basis for the Sd.Kfz. 250 light armored personnel carrier.

Sd.Kfz. 10 Halftrack Tows 37-mm Pak 36 Antitank Gun

An Sd.Kfz. 10 halftrack tows a 3.7cm Pak 36 in Russia in October 1941. Both the tractor and antitank gun have a crude white winter camouflage, and several of the crew wear improvised camouflage over their uniforms. (Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-268-0176-14 / Böhmer / CC-BY-SA)

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M2 Accessories from Black Dog

New 1/35 resin accessories kit from Black Dog for the U.S. M2 halftrack. The kit includes heavy storage and tarpaulins for front, sides, and rear of the vehicle along with winter tires with chains.

U.S. M2 Halftrack Resin Storage Black Dog Resin Accessories U.S. M2 WW2 Halftrack Accessories Set Black Dog M2 Kit Parts Resin 1/35th
 

Digging in AA Half-Tracks

Instructions for digging defensive positions for AA halftracks from “Antiaircraft Artillery Notes,” HQ ETO, No. 8, December 1944:

Digging in Half-Tracks
Source: AA Section, Headquarters Twelfth Army Group

The principle of digging in equipment is one which all AAA combat units understand and practice. Some units have learned from experience that the deeper one is dug in, consistent with the field of fire to perform the assigned mission, the better protection the crew and equipment are afforded against artillery and mortar fire. As an example of the policy that it pays to dig in deep, Figure 1 shows the plan practiced by the 554th AAA AW Bn (M). Approximately eight hours is required to prepare the emplacement, including sandbagging. This battalion, commanded by Lt Colonel L. V. Linderer, has seen continuous action since arriving on the continent 18 June, being attached to XIX Corps until 5 November when it was attached to the 29th Inf. Div. During this period the battalion has been subjected to mortar and artillery fire on numerous occasions, and to date has suffered no fatal personnel casualties due to this fire.

Digging in AA Antiaircraft Halftracks WW2

Notes:
(a) Minimum thickness of revetment.
(b) The depth of emplacement and heighth or sandbags will depend entirely on the terrain.
(c) Log or plank for track to rest on.
(d) Floor of emplacement slopes to the center and front to sump hole where water will drain and can be bailed out.

 

Japanese Type 98 Halftrack

The following U.S. intelligence report on the Japanese Type 98 halftrack personnel carrier and prime mover was published in Enemy on Luzon: An Intelligence Summary:

A Japanese combination personnel carrier and prime mover was recovered near Manila, Luzon.

The vehicle was without armor or armament of any kind. It had a folding canvas top and four wide seats providing seating capacity for approximately 16 persons. Storage compartments for equipment and luggage were provided under the seats. The vehicle was equipped with a large winch and towing pintle in the rear.

Japanese Type 98 Halftrack WW2

Halftrack Personnel Carrier and Prime Mover

The engine, a 6-cylinder, in-line, water-cooled diesel type, was connected to a four-speed forward, one-speed reverse, spur-gear transmission. The chassis layout was similar to the German standard half-track, while the suspension and steering followed the Opel truck half-track conversion. The front transverse leaf spring, independent wheel suspension was an original and effective feature. The vehicle was 18 feet 3 inches long, 6 feet 4 inches wide, 7 feet 10 inches high, had a ground clearance of 13 inches, 110 horsepower, and weighed approximately 6 tons.

Performance tests indicated a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour, an estimated radius of action of 125 miles, and proved that the vehicle could manipulate a trench 3 feet wide, a vertical wall 18 inches high, a 50% slope, and a stream 3 feet deep. Ample power and cross-country mobility were provided to allow it to fulfill the functions of a prime mover and personnel carrier.