Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Willy, Humber and Ausf.

Hasegawa Hobby Kits has read my mind.  I love reading about and looking at pictures of military land vehicles.  Tanks, armored vehicles-you  name it, I like them-especially if they are WWII vintage vehicles.
Hasegawa recently released three such vehicles and I couldn't be more excited!  They include the Follow Me Jeep, Willy's MB, the Armoured Car Humber Mk. II and the Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf. D.
The Jeep is scaled at 1/48 and the other two vehicles at 1/72.  All require glue, paint and decal application, come with full assembly, paint and decal application  instructions and parts that easily detach from their part trees with little or no flashing.

The Follow Me Jeep, Willy's MB was used at airstrips to control ground air traffic and were easily identifiable by their distinctive red and white checker design paint jobs.  The Hasegawa mode features three figures, an engine hood that opens, a fully-detailed engine, canopy top, full interior seats and instruments, a communication setup, a spare tire, antennae and realistic tires and wheels.  Follow me!

Used by the British Army, the Armoured Car Humber Mk. II had a turret and was armed with one 15 mm and one 7.92 mm caliber Besa machine guns.

The three man crew managed a snug fit in the elevated chassis, rugged four-wheel (with spare) armored car with exterior supply and ammo storage, twin antenna, an impressive drive train and engine the allowed the vehicle to move quickly with tight maneuverability and was sturdy enough to carry extra supplies and troops if necessary.  Most were used for desert or flat terrain combat.

The German WWII Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf. D was a heavily armored transport with rear tank treads, shielded driver ports, top-mounted and rear-mounted machine guns.  It was a halftrack personnel carrier that ensured troops made it to and from the front lines safely.

The vehicle can be painted a military gray or customized in camo to blend into whatever environment it is used in. Finely crafted and detailed, the German "tin can on wheels" features full body panel accents, front tires and wheels, full interior, open troop seating and completely shielded lights and engine.