Takom- Krupp Raumer + Vs.Kfz.617
Krupp Raumer S
There is very little known about this huge vehicle. We know the US Army captured a prototype in Hillersleben in 1945.It is believed this vehicle was meant for mine clearing operations but even that is speculative. This Raumer S weighed in at approximately 130 tons. With the front axle wheels being a different distance apart then the rear ones, it could cover a wider path. But the mystery deepens as why the pivot area would be so open and vulnerable. It also has a very high clearance for possible mine clearing. It was propelled by Maybach HL90 engines. Also proposed was the use of anti-personnel and anti aircraft weapons. These were never completed. After the war this vehicle disappeared and its history is still unknown.
This vehicle was designed by Alkett, Krupp, and Daimler-Benz. Alkett was chosen to build it. There was one prototype built and it was registered as NK 101. It was given the chassis number 9537.This is substantiated by plaques found in the vehicle. It was found at Kummersdorf proving grounds by the Russians in April 1945. In 1947 the Russians did some tests with the vehicle and also, like the Germans, realized it wasn’t a good vehicle for the job it was intended. It was too heavy, too slow, and also it made a great target due to the slow speeds.
It has a Panzer 1a turret armed with two 7.92 mm machine guns. There were plans of arming it with a Panzer II turret with the 20 mm cannon. The main drive wheels have 10 replaceable pads. The rear wheel is also built the same way. Steering was accomplished by two heavy chains coming through the hull attached to a worm drive type system. The Maybach HL 120 engine was mounted in the middle attached to the transmission and drive housings mounted in the front of the hull. The large wheels were the driven wheels. The engine had two radiators with air being ducted from the top of the hull to cool it. Over the rear wheel was a 190 gallon fuel tank.
There was 39” of ground clearance to help eliminate blast damage. The floors had 40mm thickness of armor to protect it. This vehicle weighed in at approximately 55 tons.
The sole surviving prototype is at the Kublinka Museum in Russia.
In the box :
The parts are all molded in a medium grey color and packaged neatly in bags or plastic wrap. First glance after removing the parts from their wrappers is the crispness of the detail. It appears all the ejector marks are going to be hidden.
This is a view of each side of the A sprues. They show the surface detail on the outer side. The inner view shows the little molding plugs on the wheels and chains. They appear to need removal for assembly.
The B sprues are wheel and chassis parts for the Raumer.
The A and B sprues are doubles.
The C sprue is the upper hull and rear wheel parts for the VsKfz617.
The D sprue is the steering parts for the Raumer.
This is the lower hull and turret for the VaKfz617. They are in their own bag along with the two lower hulls for the Raumer.
The small amount of etch for both kits.
The decal sheet has some nice clear choices for both kits.
The instructions are very clear to read which is always helpful.
These are a fine example of the paint and decal placement choices. Remember some of these are possibly speculation based on the history of these vehicles.
These two kits look pretty simple and straightforward to build based on the parts given. The instructions are very clear. Surface detail looks great. I’m very glad these subjects have been made in 1/72nd scale. I know the Krupp Raumer S in 1/35th is about 13” long. If shelf space is an issue, these little kits give you an opportunity to have both!!
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Takom for this review kit.
Reviewed by Merrick "Mac" Johnston
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