1/76 Cromwell Combat Ready Range SdKfz6/1 BN9
The Bussing-Nag BN9 5 ton tractor was built between 1939 and 1943, replacing earlier models. It was also built by Daimler-Benz and Praga. 3,500 were built in total (all models).
The SDkfz6 was the engineer tractor with 4 rows of seats. The SdKfz6/2 was the artillery tractor with the last row replaced by an enlarged storage area. Th SdKfz6/2 was used as a mount for a 3.7cm flak36 gun. The 6/2 was also used as a makeshift anti tank vehicle with a Russian 76.2mm gun in an open box compartment.
The model has 2 parts, the windscreen and everything else. There are no instructions.
The underside is a solid block of resin. It was removed with the Dremel tool. Be sure to wet the model when sanding to avoid the dust.
The steering wheel is molded on. This is ghastly. It was also removed with the Dremel. A smooth panel was rebuilt using wax as putty. The weheel is MMS and the column plastic rod.
There is very little information on this vehicle and most of the pictures I found showed the rear fender flush with the step so I filed the surplus away. Of course having done that I found a picture which showed the rear fender going below the step but the front fender flush with the step...
The handles on the sided are cutaways. I drilledout the front out as it is not figured on the model. Of course I later found a photo with the front cutaway missing. A lot of pictures show the cutaways replaced by wire handles. The BN-9 was built by several manufacturers so I presume this accounts fro the myriad detail changes.
The rear license plate's position is a guess. I don't see where else or how else it could fit. The license plates are Aleran decals
Added details include the 3 usual levers (gear shift, gear reduction and handbrake), wipers, wiper engines, rear license plate and night taillight.
The windows are 10thou clear plastic. It is totally smooth unlike the clear package blisters I used before but it scratches very easily.
The right front wheel is lower than the rest of the vehicle.
Prepare a pothole in your diorama base.