The Sd.Kfz. 2 designation was for the Kettenkrad. Ketten means tracks and krad is the
military abbreviation of Kraftrad, administrative term for motorcycle. Originally intended for
use by German airborne troops it was designed to fit inside the JU-52 aircraft. With its
amazing ability to tow 4 tons the vehicle soon was used to tow light artillery and trailers as
well as aircraft to save aviation fuel. One variant was specifically used for laying
communication cables. The vehicle was turned using handlebars or in tandem with track
brakes.


1944 found the 20th Panzer Division caught up in Operation Bagration, the Soviet
codename for a campaign fought from June 23 to August 19 1944. The Soviet intent was to
encircle German forces and destroy their main units. Operation Bagration inflicted the
heaviest losses in German military history by destroying twenty eight of the thirty four
divisions belonging to Army Group Center and completely ruining the German front line.
Late in August 1944 the 20th Panzer Division was sent to Romania for refitting and
eventually in 1945 surrendered to Soviet forces.


Specifications for the NSU Werke AG Kettenkrad

Manufacturer – Opel (GM)

Production Period – 1941 / 1944

Number Produced – 8,345

Crew - 3 / Driver + 2 passengers)

Engine - Water-cooled four cylinder in-line engine with (OHV) 36 bhp (26 kW) @ 3400 rpm
Maximum Speed - 70 km/h (44 mph)
Total weight -1,560 kg (3,444 lb)
Gearbox
Reverse - 1
Forward - 2
Length – 3,000 mm (118")
Width – 1,000 mm (39")
Height – 1,200 mm (47")        
Tire size -3.50-19
Hobby Master 1/48 Ground Power Series
HG1704
Sd. Kfz. 2 Kettenkrad
20th Panzer Division, Russia, 1944
True 1/48 scale.

Professionally painted.

Great attention to detail.

All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).

Rubber wheels roll.

Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.

Highly collectable.
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20th Panzer Division,
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