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Hobby Master 1:48 Ground Power Series HG1202
Volkswagen VW 82 Kubelwagen Diecast Model
German Army sPzAbt 501 Maintenance Unit, Tunisia, 1943

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Volkswagen VW 82 Kubelwagen   3"   1.25"

A special vehicle was required to withstand the harsh desert environment. The Kubelwagen was chosen because the engine was air cooled, light weight, good ground clearance and easy to maintain. In addition the desert Kubelwagens were equipped with large balloon-like tires that made it easy to operate in sand. The job of the sPzAbt 501 HQ Company Maintenance Service Unit was to keep Rommel's Tigers operating during the last battles in Tunisia. The "J" on the doors signified the vehicle belonged to the Werkstatt (Maintenance Company).

Volkswagen VW 82 Kubelwagen

Designed by Ferdinand Porsche as a low-cost and light-weight utility vehicle, the Kubelwagen prototype was completed in 1938 and entered full scale production in February 1940. The chassis design was initially derived from the highly successful Beetle while the bodywork was kept deliberately light-weight and functional. In fact, the name "Kubelwagen" literally translates to "Bucket Seat Car". Unlike the US Jeep, the Kubelwagen was a two-wheel drive vehicle but its high ground clearence and low gearing yielded excellent off-road performance and enabled it to keep pace with marching soldiers. The Kubelwagen was a mainstay of the German Military and saw action in every theater.

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Hobby Master's 1:48 scale Kubelwagen is constructed almost entirely in diecast metal with plastic components used to accurately replicate scale details such delicate front and rear bumpers and side mounted mirrors. The open rag-top configuration provides a clear view of the Kubelwagon's interior, including a pad-printed instrument panel, simulated canvas seats, rifle rack and a complete set of driver's controls. The exterior is fitted with a separately applied spare wheel and shovel up front and pad-printed license plate at the rear. Axel skid plates, both front and rear, and twin exhausts are viewable on the model's underside.

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Hobby Master 1:48 Ground Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:48 Ground Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military vehicles.

Hobby Master "1:48 Ground Power Series" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull.
  • Selected opening hatches.
  • Painted, fitted, non-moving tracks on detailed non-rotating wheels.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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