Gaso.Line Gas50072M German Sd. Kfz. 301 Borgward IV Armored Demolition Vehicle (1:50 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
During the invasion of France in 1940, a new mine clearing / bunkers destruction methodology was worked out by using a PzKpfw. I Ausf. B fitted with special equipment to place explosive charges. Ten modified PzKpfw. I Ausf. B were used by 1. Panzer Division - Pioniereeinheits 3. Pionierekompanie. The design was interesting enough to warrant the development of a special purpose vehicle. In October 1941, Borgward was order to develop the B III VK 302 to a schwere ladungstrÃƒÂ¤ger - B IV Sd. Kfz. 301 and, from the experiences with the B I and B II, a leichter ladungstraeger Goliath Sd. Kfz. 302.
Known as the B IV, it was designated by the Waffenamt as Sprengladungstrager (Sd. Kfz. 301). The Sd. Kfz. 301 Borgward IV measured 3.65m in length, 1.8m in width and 1.19m in height. It weighed 3.6 tons and used the same engine as VK 302, giving it a maximum speed of 38km/h. It had a one-man crew, who drove the vehicle to the launch spot before engaging the enemy. Thereafter the 8mm protection plates around the driver was folded down to protect the radio and then the vehicle was radio-controlled towards the target. When engaging the enemy, a 500kg explosive charge carried on the frontal armor plate was offloaded. The vehicle backed away and the explosive charge was set off with delayed detonation. Some 12 experimental vehicles were built in April 1942. Series production began in May 1942 and approximately 616 Borgward IV Ausf. A were built until June 1943, the Ausf. B being built in 260 examples until November 1943 and some 305 Ausf. C were built from December 1943 to September 1944. The Ausf. B only differed a little from the Ausf. A, it weighed 400kg more, the radio antennae was moved and the radio-equipment had been improved. Borgward IV Ausf. C weighed 4.85tons, measured 4.1m in length, 1.83m in width and 1.25m in height. It carried thicker armor and used new tracks. The drivers position were moved from right to the left side. It also used a more powerful Borgward engine, providing some 78hp.
Some 56 Borgward IV were ;ater rebuilt into panzerjaeger Wanze, which were armed with six 8.8cm Panzerbaschsen 54 and used at the final stages of the war. A lone Borgward IV Ausf. B was rebuilt and tested with a rudder, propeller and floating bulbs for swimming purposes. In 1943, a single Borgward IV was fitted with a TV-camera. This enabled an operator to sit within a control-tank and watch a simple TV-screen so that they could drive the vehicle from a remote site. (courtesy: Achtung Panzer)
Pictured here is a 1:50 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 301 Borgward IV Armored Demolition Vehicle. Two pieces left in stock!
Length: 5 inches
Width: 2 inches