L’armée allemande went to war en 1914 avec approximately 4,000 motor véhicules of all types. This number increased rapidly, but it never exceeded 40,000 véhicules on all fronts, of which 12,000 were motor cars. Severe shortages of fuel et rubber were felt as early as 1915. As a result, gas guzzling, et tire eating heavy cars, et camions légers were decomissioned et put into storage. Motor cars et ambulances ran on wooden, leather, ou metal wheels once their precious rubber tires were used up. Synthetic rubber production was not nearly as effective as that de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, et tires made from this material had a life expectancy of only 2,500 km. By comparison, the allied armies operated over 200,000 motor véhicules in France et Belgium alone.
Motor cars employed par l’armée allemande de la Première Guerre mondiale were not designed as military véhicules, they were voitures civiles painted field grey, avec partial armour plating applied in some cases. The véhicules were routinely loaded avec much more equipment, et more hommes than they could carry. Not surprisingly, véhicule losses resulting from mechanical failure were much more common than combat losses, the cars simply broke apart under the excessive weight. Period photos show motor cars avec wire-cutter rails attached above the hood et windshield, protecting the crew against thin wires strung across the road by Franctireur guerillas.
- Mercedes-Benz Torpedo Kübelsitzer avec open ou closed top
- Type: Voiture Civile
- Longueur: 4.45 m
- Largeur: 1.75 m
- Hauteur: 1.83 m
- Vitesse: 150 km/h
- Année: 1913
- Choix de sujet excellent, the Mercedes-Benz Torpedo is an attractive véhicule, it makes a great staff car pour un commandant allemand ou turque.
- Scale model avec cast-on detail like door hinges, exhaust pipes, springs, et headlights. The véhicule is ready for the campaign, but some personal gear might be stowed inside to add more detail. The Mercedes looks et feels like an antique, it’s a must-have.
- Easy to assemble, only 19 parts. The model can be put together in 30 minutes ou less, the parts practically fall into place. Painting the Torpedo was a delight, its elegant lines provided a welcome diversion from the chars, camions, et jeeps of later periods.
- Choice of open ou closed top. The open version really calls for crew figurines.
- The entire véhicule is cast in soft metal. The parts are much sturdier than resin parts, et they were very easy to remove from the sprue. Parts can be bent into shape easily. Of course, if the véhicule is dropped, some part will be mangled. The editor accidentally dropped the Torpedo from table height, but the véhicule survived in one piece. Damage to the front fender, et left headlight actually looked very convincing, except that the pneumtic tire did not burst like the real thing would have. It was possible to bend the parts back into shape without the use of tools.
- Assembly instructions are easy to follow, there is no danger of confusing the parts. Attaching la plaque d’immatriculation arrière required tweezers, et some patience.
- Good casting quality. Flash et mold lines were very easy to remove avec a scalpel.
- Compatible avec canons et véhicules de chez Fine Scale Factory.
- Cast in soft metal, containing lead. The véhicule is very heavy, considered an advantage by some, et a transportation problem by others.
- Decals are not included. Some motor cars had white letters stencilled on the hood, et these may be difficult to paint by hand. Plaques d’immatriculation can be painted quite easily.
- Crew figurines are not included. Un conducteur et officier wearing the Pickelhaube would have been a wonderful accessory. It may be possible to use plastic figurines from Revell ou Airfix.
- The cover photo shows the Mercedes-Benz Torpedo painted comme un véhicule civil. In military service, the car would be painted field grey. Unfortunately, no painting instructions pour la version turque of the staff car are available.
- Voiture de l’Armée Allemande, 1914–1918
- Voiture de l’Armée Turque, 1914–1918
Possibilités de Conversions
- Voiture de l’Armée Allemande, avec wooden ou metal wheels, 1916–1918
The Mercedes-Benz Torpedo was a fast touring car which was taken into army service as a staff véhicule. The Torpedo has elegant lines, et it will make a nice addition to any armée allemande ou turque de la Première Guerre mondiale. The model is very easy to assemble et lots of fun to paint. We highly recommend it.
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