Kit Preview : 1/76 SHQ Kettenkrad

About the manufacturer
SHQ carries an extensive range of 1/76 (20mm) wargaming models and figures in white metal, many unique. Vehicles tend to be on the chunky side, mainly due to the thickness of metal panels. Their trucks are as well armored as Tiger tanks. Their more recent models have gained considreably in accuracy and details. The wargaming roots still show in some kits with plain tubular axles.

About the vehicle
The Kettenkrad is a German halftracked motorcycle. It was used as a light tractor and was very useful due to its excellent off-road capability.
Here is what I could find on the web on the subject.
  • Wikipedia article
  • A wartime US technical review of the Kettenkrad
  • a US site dedicated to the Kettenkrad
  • a German site (in English) dedicated to the Kettenkrad.
  • a walkaround of the Kettenkrad.
  • the DML 1/9 model described in InternetModeler magazine

    About the kit

    The kit has four parts and can use some detailing. There is no saddle as the driver is supposed to plug in directly into the vehicle. Similarly the handlebars comes with two hands molded on. The tracks are OK though the idler wheels seem a little too high, many pictures show them almost touching the ground. This may be corrected by bending the track assemblies. The instrument panel and gear lever need to be built from scratch as well as grabrails and rifle holders on each side of the rear bench.
    Reviewed on 11/30/09