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1:35 German 18-Ton Heavy Half-Track FAMO - 8 figures

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1:35 German 18-Ton Heavy Half-Track FAMO - 8 figures

When a tank became inoperative, the Recovery Platoons were informed of the condition of both the tank and the surrounding road surface. Tanks such as Pz.Kpfw.III and Pz.Kpfw.IV could be towed by a single 18 ton heavy half-track, but heavy tanks such as the Tiger I or Panther required three or more towing vehicles. In that case, about 5m of wire rope was used to link each of the half-tracks together. Except for emergency situations, a draw-bar was used for the tank/half-track linkage instead of wire rope. After the linkage was complete, a commander and signalman boarded the lead half-track, directing the other half-tracks by a series of hand signals. (1/35 scale scene at left measures about 1m 20cm in length) 
Detailed information on the finished FAMO is presented one month after the initial report of the mock-up. The FAMO was the largest half-track in the German army, and the model reflects the size and detail of this behemoth. Combine with the Panzer III, IV, Tiger I and Panther for a variety of diorama possibilities. 
In the wake of Blitzkrieg advances made by the Wehrmacht at the outbreak of WWII, the recovery of damaged or broken tanks from the battlefield proved relatively simple. After securing an area, reinforcing divisions could easily send inoperative vehicles back to the homeland for repair via railway. However, in the seesaw battles with the British Army in North Africa and against the Russian Army on the Russian front, the quick replenishment of tank strength became an indispensable element of Wehrmacht battle strategy. The utilization of the 18 ton Heavy Half-Track "Famo" proved fundamental to this strategy. 
The proposal for the development of the Wehrmacht half-tracks was first made in 1932. Originally, three half-tracks, designated by their towing capability (5 ton, 8 ton and 12 ton) were designed, until 1936, when a light 3 ton vehicle and a heavy 18 ton vehicle, the largest one in the Wehrmacht, were also added. The 18 ton half track was mainly developed for the towing of 21cm and 24cm artillery howitzer and of course for tank recovery. It could also be used for the transport of over 30 troops. 

  • 1/35 plastic assembly kit of the largest half-track in the German Army. 

  • Overall Length: 243mm, Overall Width: 75mm. 

  • Highly detailed model captures the size and tank-towing power of the FAMO. 

  • Realistic treads and suspension. 

  • Synthetic rubber front tires and steerable front wheels for maximum realism.

  • Rear gate and storage doors can be assembled in the open or closed position. 

  • Tank towing drawbar included. 

  • Can be assembled with or without engine side panels, revealing fully detailed engine. 

  • Engine can be assembled outside of FAMO. 

  • Eight figures (four variations) included. 

Additional Information

Article No TAM35239
Article No of Manufacturer 35239
Аvailability AVAILABLE
Colour For colouring
Scale 1:35
Manufacturer TAMIYA
Brand No
Series No
EAN 4950344352395
Material Polystyrene (plastic).
Epoch 1939-1945 World War II
Age recommendation Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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Package content:

Plastic scale model kit made of polystyrene, an exact detailed replica of the real model.

Assembly instructions and decals included (water adhesive decals) The model comes unassembled and unpainted and requires glue and paints to be finished. Unless stated on the box the kit does not contain paints, glue, and brushes.

Additional products:

You can find the necessary paints and spraysglues and decal softenersprimers, surfacers and puttiestoolsbrushes in Modeling materials.

For further detailing such you can find various photo-etched parts and resin details.