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Hobby Master 1:72 Ground Power Series HG3910
Opel Kfz.385 Blitz Fuel Truck Diecast Model
Luftwaffe, Germany, T-Stoff Tanker

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Opel Kfz.385 Blitz Fuel Truck   3.25"   1.25"

These 3-ton trucks had 127 variants and the T-Stoff Tanker was just one. It was originally designed as an air-field fuel bowser and the German military designated them as Kfz.385. As jet engines and rockets were developed the air-field bowser was upgraded to carry the T-Stoff that was a hydrogen peroxide based solution and was part of the fuel mixture for the Me-163 and Me-262 as well as the V-2 rockets. T-Stoff was extremely corrosive and highly dangerous. The operators had to wear special rubber gloves when fuelling the aircraft and rocket. If T-Stoff came in contact with most cloth or other combustible material it would react resulting in spontaneous combustion. If it came in contact with flesh it dissolved it. One pilot was reported as being dissolved by T-Stoff flowing into the cockpit after the aircraft crashed on take-off and inverted.For the aircraft fuel it was necessary to combine T-Stoff and C-Stoff that was a methanol-hydrazine mixture. For the V-2 it was mixed with B-Stoff an alcohol based solution. Another problem was when the T-Stoff mixed with either C-Stoff or B-Stoff the mixture became highly explosive so T-Stoff tankers weren’t allowed within a half kilometer of the planes or rockets when the other ingredients were being loaded. Because of bombing and air attacks from the Allies the Germans were forced to move their rocket launches to various locations. Since most of these locations were remote it required a vehicle that could go off road and these trucks could do just that.

Opel Kfz.385 Blitz Fuel Truck

Designed as a series of light and middle-weight trucks for various civilian and military purposes, the Opel Blitz was produced between 1930 and 1975 but is best known for its role in WWII. This 3-ton workhorse served in all German theatres; it carried troops and supplies and was also used as a service vehicle for the Messerschmitt Me 323. This truck's history is somewhat controversial because of the role GM played in its development—at the time, Opel was a subsidiary of the American manufacturer. The Opel Blitz appeared in the film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and remains one of the symbols of Nazi Germany during the war.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale Opel Kfz.305 Blitz Truck is constructed in diecast metal, with plastic components used to achieve finer details. Some of this model's most remarkable features include delicate side mirrors with simulated mirror glass, transparent windows with wiper blades, headlights and guides mounted to each fender and a separately mounted hand-painted shovel. The chassis is constructed in diecast metal with rear transaxle and leaf-spring suspension visible on the underside. The wheels have rubber tires and spin freely on connecting metal axles. Releases in this series include a tanker fuel truck configuration and an all-purpose troop carrier with simulated wood sides, bench seats and removable canopy.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Ground Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Ground Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military vehicles.

Hobby Master "1:72 Ground Power Series" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull.
  • 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.
  • Clear acrylic display case to protect model.

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