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Eaglemoss 1:43 Military Vehicles EM0001
Hanomag Sd.Kfz.251/1 II Wurfrahmen 40 Diecast Model
German Army, Kursk, USSR, 1942

1:43 Scale   Length   Width
Hanomag Sd.Kfz.251/1 II Wurfrahmen 40   5.25"   2"

The Wurfrahmen 40 ("launch frame 40") was a German World War II multiple rocket launcher, nicknamed Stuka zu Fuss ("Stuka on Foot" or "Walking Stuka"). Introduced in late 1940, the weapon system was a framework with adjustable base plates fitted over and alongside a vehicle which could hold 300 mm high explosive (HE) rockets; 280 mm HE and 320 mm incendiary rockets were also used, the rockets being fired while in their loading crates. Although spin stabilized, the rockets were not as accurate as conventional artillery and reloading was time consuming due to the rocket's weight. Rockets were ripple-fired in large numbers where feasible to quickly saturate a target. The Wurfrahmen 40 was successful in service as a support weapon for the mobile Panzer formations, particularly in urban areas. When used on the common mounting, the Sd.Kfz. 251 halftrack, a frame with six base plates were used, with three on each side. The Chenillette UE employed either two per side or four frames on the rear. The Hotchkiss H35 mounting used two per side also. Some captured American M3 halftracks also mounted Wurfrahmen, with four frames at two per side.

Hanomag Sd.Kfz.251/1 II Wurfrahmen 40

Designed to meet a need for a vehicle that could safely transport infantry to the battlefield, the Sd.Kfz. 251 served Germany from 1939 to 1945. This half-track had a large track area and characteristic "slack track" design, with overlapping/interleaved main road wheels. It had an open top, which left the crew vulnerable to high explosive rounds and aircraft attack, but for practical purposes the design was so successful that it was produced in four models with no fewer than 23 variants. The "Hanomag" proved to be one of the most reliable half-tracks of the war and a total of 15,252 were built.

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Eaglemoss 1:43 Military Vehicles

The Eaglemoss Collections "1:43 Military Vehicles" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military vehicles in 1:43 scale. To help keep the price down, these items arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

Eaglemoss Collections "1:43 Military Vehicles" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull.
  • Fitted, non-moving tracks and detailed non-rotating wheels.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.

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