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Hobby Master 1:48 Ground Power Series HG1504
Volkswagen VW 166 Schwimmwagen Diecast Model
German Army sPzAbt 101, Normandy, France, June 12th 1944

1:48 Scale   Length   Width
Volkswagen VW 166 Schwimmwagen   3.25"   1.25"

The first elements of the sPzAbt.101 arrived in Normandy on June 12, 1944, with 45 Tiger II's and numerous other types of vehicles including Schwimmwagen Type 166 WH-1361 549. With 6 days ashore the Allies had managed to break out from the beach heads and by the end of June 1944 the sPzAbt.101 had lost 1/3 of their tanks as well as most of its support vehicles. By the end of August the remaining tanks had been lost.

Volkswagen VW 166 Schwimmwagen

The Schwimmwagen (Swimming Car) was an amphibious all-wheel-drive off-roaders, used extensively by the German Army. Porsche developed the Schwimmwagen's unitized body-tub structure, since the flat floorpan chassis of existing VW vehicles were unsuited for movement through water. When crossing water, a screw propeller could be lowered from the rear deck engine cover. Reversing was accomplished with the standard equipment paddle, or by shifting into reverse, which allowed the wheel-rotation to take the vehicle back. The front wheels doubled as rudders, so the steering wheel could be used on land and on water. Schwimmwagens were the most mass-produced amphibious car in history.

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Hobby Master's 1:48 scale Schwimmwagen hull is constructed almost entirely in diecast metal and bristling with fine scale details such as delicate head-lights and front and side mount bumpers. The sparse interior features scale driver controls, a pad-printed instrument panel and simulated wooden plank floorboards. One of the most notable features is the screw propeller mechanism that pivots down to engage the gearbox assembly. Additional features include a separately applied spare tire up front, a side mounted shovel and ore and top mounted engine muffler at the rear.

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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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