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CRUSADER III – Italeri 219
Untraceable but still in the modellers hearts, the model kit CRUSADER III is presented in the same box and with the original sprues of the FIRST VERSION RELEASED IN 1976. The hologram includes the sequence number assigned to each box as a guarantee of limited edition.
Coiceived at the outbreak of World War Two, the Cruseder was one of the main British “Cruiser” tanks and reached production of no less that 5.000 units. Fitted with Cristie suspensions and large roadwheels the Cruseder performed remarkable cross-country capabilities and was armed with a 6 pdr. gun replacing the less powerful 2 pdr. gun of the previous verions. The Crusader played a leading role in the North African Campaign and took part to the battle of El Alamein, where 300 tanks fought with good avail. Later on, it was operational in the European theatre as a command, recovery and AA tanks as well as an artillery tractor, variants which were based on this classic tank basic hull.
Kubelwagen Type 82 – Tamiya 35238
In February of 1936, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche designed a civilian car for use on the German Autobahn. Surprisingly, almost none of these cars were made available to private citizens. The Wehrmacht began secretly appropriating these vehicles for military use. In January 1938, the Wehrmacht presented Dr. Porsche with the specifications for a military version. That November, the prototype was completed and designated the Pkw. K1 (VW-Kubelwagen). The Kubelwagen Type 82 was equipped with a lightweight monocoque body on a torsion bar spring based four wheel independent suspension. Its powerplant consisted of an air-cooled four cylinder 985cc engine, which outputted 23.5hp. Its tremendous performance led to its wide use as a communications vehicle by Wehrmacht units. Because of its reliability and ease of repair, and since its engine did not require a coolant, the Kubelwagen proved particulary effective in North Africa. At the request of various divisions in North Africa for a vehicle suitable for the desert, a Continental balloon tire equipped version went into production from 1942. Two types of balloon tires, a grooved and an ungrooved version were used. Because the tires were wider than normal tires, a spacer to raise the height of a spare tire attachment was added to the hood of the car. Some of the balloon tire equipped Type 82 were even used in Italy after the fighting in North Africa stopped in May of 1943. Including variations, about 51,000 Kubelwagen Type 82 were produced by the end of the war.