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German Aircraft Power Supply

Tamiya 1/48 German Aircraft Power Supply Unit and Kettenkraftrad Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2008 Manufacturer Tamiya
Subject German Aircraft Power Supply Unit and Kettenkraftrad Scale 1/48
Kit Number 89768 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Limited edition with two nice kits and extras for a VERY reasonable price! Cons
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $29.75

First Look

German Aircraft Power Supply
German Aircraft Power Supply
German Aircraft Power Supply
German Aircraft Power Supply

Here's a nice diorama set for your quarter scale Luftwaffe diorama or vignette: this is a limited edition set from Tamiya that combines the parts tree of their Kettenkraftrad utility tractor which was also used to tow German aircraft around the airfield. This set has been bundled with reissues of several of Tamiiya's Luftwaffe subjects, and is now available here without any particular aircraft.

Bundled wit this set is a second tree containing fuel drums, a power cart (you must have external power to start aircraft with low or dead batteries), and several ground crew figures.

In addition, Tamiya has also included a third sprue, molded in desert yellow, that contains pilot and officer figures produced by ICM.

All three sprues provide a very nice set of subjects to place around your favorite Luftwaffe model (or an upcoming project) to help take a static subject and bring it to life.

Of course, no airfield vignette would be complete without the compulsory mascott, and a figure of a dog is included in this set.

In all, this set provides ten figures: three officers, one Kettenkraftrad driver, and six ground crewmen. Make that eleven if you count the dog. Add to that one Kettenkraftrad, one trailer-mounted generator, two fuel drums, and one toolbox, and you have the makings of an operational flightline diorama.

My sincere thanks to HobbyLink Japan for this review sample!