A little German truck
This is Tamiya’s 1/35 German 3 ton 4×2 cargo truck, otherwise known as an Opel Blitz, but I think Tamiya weren’t allowed to use that name for various reasons.The truck was originally built in 1931, and mass production followed in 1935. It had a simple rear wheel drive chassis with a 68hp, 3,626cc 6 cylinder engine and a 5 speed gearbox which gave it a respectable performance both on and off road. It made an ideal choice for military use, and production of an army version began in 1937. They were used on all fronts throughout WWII to transport troops and supplies. The factory was destroyed by allied bombers in 1944 by which time over 78,000 examples had been built.
Tamiya have released this kit in a number of versions, this is the open version, and she has a small load of jerry cans and barrels. As usual with Tamiya, the kit was a pleasure to build, and I finished her with German grey, and mainly used dark earth for weathering. There is a driver and mate in the cab, but they are difficult to see! Thanks for looking, George.
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