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Trumpeter 1:35 Sd. Kfz. 7/1 Half-track w/20mm Flakvierling 38 (Early version)


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Trumpeter 1:35 - Sd. Kfz. 7/1 Half-track w/20mm Flakvierling 38 (Early version) - Plastic model kit #01523

The Flak 38 was a German 20mm anti-aircraft gun used throughout WWII and the most numerously produced German artillery piece of the period. The 20mm Flakvierling 38 auf Selbstfahrlafette (Sd. Kfz. 7/1) was the result of combining the 20mm Flakvierling 38 with four Flak 38 guns to the Sd. Kfz. 7 half-track to provide greater mobility and firepower. The Sd. Kfz. 7/1 carried 600 2cm rounds on board and 1800 rounds in the towed Sd. Ah. 56 trailer. The guns had the 360 degree traverse by hand and could be elevated from -10 to +100 degrees. The later versions also included an armoured cab for the better protection of the crews. The crew of 10 included a gun commander, eight gunners and a driver.

The first 100 vehicles were produced in 1940-1941 and production continued at a rate of 10 vehicles per month until August 1942, when the monthly rate was significantly increased. Around 800 vehicles were produced by December 1944. From 1942, most vehicles were fitted with lightly armoured driver cabs and a plate protecting the engine compartment. The armour was 8mm thick. These vehicles were issued to Flak units of the Luftwaffe and Panzer units of the Army. Sd. Kfz. 7/1 units were used to protect armoured units against low flying aircraft but were also successfully used against ground targets.

The kit represents an early version of the Sd.Kfz.7/1 with the central circular pivot mounting for the 20mm Flakvierling 38. Later versions had a normal ground mounting fitted to the rear bed which allowed the gun to be easily removed and mounted on the standard Flakvierling Sd. Ah. 52 trailer if necessary.

Item No: 01523
Item Name: 2cm Flakvierling 38 auf Selbstfahrlafette (Sd.Kfz.7/1 Early version)
Scale: 1:35
Item Type: Static Armour
Model Brief: Length 285mm, Width 69mm, Height 101.8mm
Total Parts: 985 pcs
Metal Parts: Brass wire
Photo Etched Parts: 5 pcs
Film Parts: n/a
Resin Parts: n/a
Total Sprues: 20 sprues, 3 rubber tyres
Paint Schemes: Markings are provided for vehicles in Panzer Grey and Dark Yellow with Red Brown and Green camouflage schemes
Release Date: 2009-04

- The kit consists of 531 parts in the usual Trumpeter light grey plastic, 336 individual track links, 12 clear parts, 102 etched parts, a 28 page instruction booklet, a decal sheet, and a colour painting guide sheet
- Slide-moulded one-piece early type mudguard
- Both side panels and the top panel of the engine hood can be opened to show all the details

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