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Eaglemoss 1:43 Military Vehicles EM0008
Opel Sd.Kfz.3 Maultier Diecast Model
German Army PzDiv, Kursk, USSR, 1943

1:43 Scale   Length   Width
Opel Sd.Kfz.3 Maultier   5.5"   2"

Sd.Kfz.3 Maultier (Mule) is the name given to series of half-track trucks used by Germans during World War II. They were based on Opel, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa-Romeo or Ford trucks. Soon after invading Russia, German troops discovered that their wheeled transport vehicles were unsuitable for the sparse road network, particularly in the muddy conditions of the rasputitsa. Only half tracks like the Sd.Kfz.11 could haul supplies to forward units in these conditions, but removing them from their combat role for supply duties was not feasible, so it was decided to produce half-tracked versions of standard Opel, Daimler-Benz, Alfa-Romeo and Ford trucks (lorries) by removing their rear axles, truncating the prop shafts and connecting them to redundant Panzer I track assemblies. Heavier trucks (4 tons payload) were fitted with Panzer II track assemblies.

Opel Sd.Kfz.3 Maultier

Designed as a half-track conversion of the popular Opel Blitz truck, the Maultier (Mule) entered production in 1942. The advancing German army quickly realized that 4-wheel drive vehicles were no match for the wet and muddy conditions encountered on the Eastern Front in wintertime. Consequently, Opel Blitz trucks were hastily converted to half-track configuration using left over Panzer I track assemblies. In some cases, the conversion was even carried out in the field. The resulting vehicle was neither fast nor maneuverable but it served its purpose and kept supply chains moving in less than ideal conditions.

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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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