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Friday, May 28, 2010

Raupenschlepper Ost






Here are some better images of Italeri's 1/35 scale STEYR RSO/1 Tractor. The RSO stands for Raupenschlepper Ost which means "crawling tractor east" In order to cope with poor road conditions on the Eastern front the Germans built tracked tractors to tow all types of vehicles and to carry various loads such as food, ammunition and supplies. The RSO/1 was built by Steyr Werks in Austria. It had a pressed steel cab and a wood cargo body. The RSO/1 proved to be ideal for the mud and slush conditions of the Russian front. These vehicles were part of the Germans desperate efforts to avoid defeat by an overwhelming Soviet military. Approximately 23,000 were produced.

4 comments:

Ed Hollett said...

I have this kit, unfinished from when it was issued in the 1970s by another company. The quality is amazing for the time. This might be the inspiration to get on and finish it 30-mumble years later.

Warren Zoell said...

I would love to see some of your work Ed.

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this model looks so real, even the dirt around it makes a great visual effect, definitely my favorite one

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Viagra - I had to do a few extras to this like adding the jerry cans and the tarp over the back.