21st Century Toys 21C10113S1 German Sd. Kfz. 251/7 Pioneerwagen - Summer Camouflage (1:18 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
The Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd. Kfz.) 251 half-track had its origins in the same requirement as the smaller and lighter Sd. Kfz. 250. Intended as an armored personnel carrier, the Sd. Kfz. 251 entered service in 1939, and quickly became the standard means of transport for the panzergrenadiers. As it turned out, the Sd. Kfz. 251 was an especially useful vehicle, not only capable of keeping up with the newly formed panzer divisions but also providing invaluable support as well. All told, there were 22 special-purpose variants built, including the menacing-looking Stukavoss ("infantry Stuka"), which mounted a series of rocket launchers on the outer sides of the vehicle. Other variants included a flame-thrower, anti-tank, and communications vehicle, as well as an observation post, ambulance, and infra-red searchlight carrier. Despite suffering from early reliability problems, the Sd. Kfz. 251 was produced by the thousands, eventually becoming a trademark of the German panzertruppe on all fronts.
The Sd. Kfz. 251/7 half-track was a dedicated engineering vehicle and variant of the very successful Sd. Kfz. 251 family of German halftracks designed and built by Hanomag during WWII. The Pioneerwagen carried two portable bridge sections used for fording small streams and ravines. This version could also be fitted with a 2.8cm schwere Panzerbuchse 41 anti-tank gun. This was a small but very powerful weapon. This compact gun drew its impressive hitting power from its tapered bore design. The barrel tapered from 2.8cm down to 2cm at the muzzle. As the shell traveled down the barrel, it was squeezed down in diameter, converting the explosive pressure to higher kinetic energy. This resulted in extremely high muzzle velocity, which gave the relatively small projectile a much more devastating punch. This gun was popular and used on many fronts, until the increasingly heavily armored tanks outstripped the Panzer Busche 41's ability to penetrate. Sold Out!
Length: 12 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: November 2006