German Aircraft Power Supply
Unit & Kettenkraftrad
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||Tamiya Kit No.32533 - German
Aircraft Power Supply Unit & Kettenkraftrad
|Contents and Media:
||See text and images below
||Very well detailed; classic Tamiya surface
detail; includes extras such as figures, tool box, a fire extinguisher
||Somewhat bland poses for figures
Reviewed by James Davies
Tamiya's 1/48 scale German Aircraft Power Supply Unit and
will be vailable online
German aircraft power supply unit and
kettenkraftrad. Tamiya kit no MM No.33. item no 32533 1200 yen.
Now here is something I have been waiting for since making a mess of
building Verlinden’s multi media starter and refuelling kit many years
ago at the start of my adult modelling career.
The external power starter or Anlasswagen was used to conserve the
aircrafts internal battery while starting or testing instruments or
The unit consisted of a 2 stoke engine driving a power generator feeding
the units own onboard batteries. The power supply is built up from 25
parts and includes the units control box which is clearly visible if you
choose to pose the hood of the generator in the open position.
Dare I say what many other reviewers have said about Tamiya’s legendary
excellence, but the kits are exactly what you would expect from this
You get 2 sprues of Tamiya’s grey styrene. The first sprue carries the
Kettenkraftrad, [another one to add to my collection] with the second
sprue containing two blackmen figures in rather sedate poses operating
the unit, 2 large German style 200 litre fuel drums, hand fuel pump,
decals, a nice 3 part tool box, a fire extinguisher, parts for
Anlasswagen as well as a length of black plastic coated wire to
represent the electrical cable running from the unit to the aircraft.
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There is good detail on the side of the
Anlasswagen but the handles used for pulling the unit into place are
moulded in place and could be replaced with wire to add a little detail.
Now I have a stack of reference for everything that’s German and flew
during WW11 but I am lacking in reference for German ground equipment of
the period. Rumour has it that classic publications has canned the 2
volumes they had planned on the subject so my drought will continue. So
dimensionally the unit looks correct with the pipe metal frame being
well rendered in plastic, something the previous offering from Verlinden
didn’t manage to represent as it uses etched brass for the frame.
The wheels supplied are the solid early type but a quick check of my
airfield pictures show the Anlasswagen with spoked wheels and even snow
ski’s on the Eastern front or on Winter airfields.
A nice touch is the fuel drum decals and the fire extinguisher which
along with the Anlasswagen will liven up any German airfield diorama or
I would have liked the blackmen to be a lot more
animated in there posses, perhaps with them signalling to one another to
start the unit but I’m not complaining as any new well sculpted 1/48
figure are a welcome addition to the spares box.
Now please Mr Tamiya may I respectfully ask for an Opel Blitz or
Mercedes truck in this scale. The uses would be endless. The possible
variations and reboxing possibilities would be almost without limit, and
fill in a sadly neglected part of the new 1/48 range.
Now that would open up the diorama possibilities, say a recovered Tamiya
109 E on the back of a Tamiya Opel blitz, please I cant wait...
Purchased with reviewers funds
Review Text Copyright © 2006 by James Davies
Page Created 24 July, 2006
Last updated 24 July, 2006
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