KettenKraftrad with Infantry Cart & Goliath Demolition Vehicle 1:48 Scale Tamiya Model Kit #32502 Review

2015 April 23
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20150423*
KettenKraftrad with Infantry Cart & Goliath Demolition Vehicle 1:48 Tamiya Kit #32502 Review

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The Kettenkraftrad was designed in 1939 and was originally for the German Airborne to use as a small towing vehicle that also had multiple purposes. The Kettenkraftrad became very popular throughout the German Army and soon it was doing anything from taxing jets to the runway to hauling equipment and even hauling artillery. The Kettenkraftrad had a 4 cylinder 1478cc Opel Olympia engine that could get up to 36HP. It had three forward gears and one reverse gear and could handle very well on off road situations. The Kettenkraftrad could pull close to 4 000b tons of weight. The first place the Kettenkraftrad was used was during the invasion of Crete in 1941 from there it served all through Europe, in North Africa and on the Eastern Front.  The Infantry Cart was designed to replace the older wooden cart which was much heavier. The replacement was a much lighter model that not only could be towed by the Kettenkraftrad, a motorcycle, a horse but by two soldiers as well.  The Goliath, Sd.Kfz.302: While occupying France the German Army found plans by a French manufacturer Keggresse about a little device that transported explosives. The Borgward Company created the Goliath off of the research the Germans did of that manufacturer. The Goliath had two electric motors and carried 60kg of explosives and weighed 370kg. The remote control was done with an 800m long cable. The Goliath was introduced at Sebastapol in Southern Russia in 1942 however until 1943 it was not formally used during combat, after that it was used for attacking defensive positions or clearing mines from the roads. There were 2650 of these devices built by January 1944.


For the modeler: This is the Skill Level 2 Tamiya kit #32502 in 1: 48 scale. The pieces are molded in tan with water slide decals. There are 88 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The dimensions are; 2 5/8 L X 7/8 W X 1 3/8 H just the Kettenkraftrad and the German Driver, 3 15/16L X 7/8W X 1 3/8 H with the cart and German Driver, 5 1/8 L X 7/8W X 1 3/8H with the Goliath and the German Driver, 2 5/8 L X 17/8w X 1 H just the Kettenkraftrad no driver, and 2 5/8 L X 7/8W x 1 5/16H just the Kettenkraftrad and the Mauser Kar 98K’s with no driver.


Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; abrasive choices; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; detailing the gauges; modifying the trailer for cart usage; painting the driver figure; finishing instructions for the munitions and accessories; expanded history facts; where “NOT” to use glue; suspension and track construction; detailing the wheels for realism; livery  choices; are all fully examined in this 9 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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