We've been joking a lot at the club about the army list entries for tiny cars, especially when they have names like "kübelwagen". So when I was looking over the gaps in what we have for the German army, I could not resist ordering one of these.
This is a Tamiya 1/48 scale kit of a German Kübelwagen, which was used by both the army and air force. It was built by Wolkswagen and pretty much a military version of the famous "Beetle". The name is short for Kübelsitzwagen, or bucket-seat car. It was used similar to the Jeep, a workhorse transport car for everything from pilots to officers.
The kit is for the Afrika Korps, but I assumed that I could just use it right off for the Eastern front. The crewmen are in desert outfits, but it's the same car, right? Guess who was wrong! Turns out, the Afrika Korps used balloon tires instead of normal tires, to avoid getting stuck in the desert terrain. The kit does not come with alternative tires.
In the end I can live with it, as I doubt most people will a) notice it and b) be bothered by it. But be prepared if you plan to get this kit for anything outside Africa/Middle East. The kit is available in another version with normal tires, but then you miss out on the driver and get two clueless pilots looking at maps instead.
So, lesson learned, as well as a bunch of facts about kübelwagens. Not a bad Monday night.
The kit itself was extremely simple, and I built it in just an hour or two. The windshield will be assembled once the car itself is painted. Oh, and I also provided the obligatory blood sacrifices, so the driver conversion should go just fine.
Joke aside, I just bought a bunch of new blade cutters, and even just a small cut will bleed a lot if you have new, sharp blades. But that is a good thing, as you can cut with less force with a sharp blade. So you are less likely do cut deep, and the cut will heal almost immediately. So don't cheap out on new blades, and replace them regularly.
WW2 Campaign Blog
This blog follows the second Chain of Command club campaign, set in the intense fighting over Stalino in October 1941.