German Heavy Tractor SS-100 in 1/48...
...the Tamiya kit built
I continue to like the 1/48 range of vehicle models from Tamiya, and conveniently this is another one which goes well with aircraft models in the same scale. It builds nicely and you have a tow bar to fit to the nose wheel of an aircraft (their illustrations suggest the He 219) in a diorama. Tamiya always manage to do a neat job of their kits. It brings a 1/48 scale model of the SS100 to the market, adding to the 1/35 kits from Takom, and the very old 1/76 kit from Grip/Edai.
The SS-100 was built from the mid-1930s and on through the war. They were used on all fronts for towing all sorts of loads. Tamiya focus on a use for towing aircraft, while they were also used to haul the large V2 Meillerwagen. They were also used to haul any other sort of heavy load, including GS trailers. Their production continued after the war, serving with the French army and civilian operators.
As you might expect, the fit of parts is excellent as usual from Tamiya. Beautifully engineered I found no problems whatsoever with the build. This is simply done in overall Panzer Grey and is waiting for me to apply the transfers. I also need to paint the frame of the windshield and add some light weathering...
For those interested in this one, I'll add that there are photos of a real example of these at the Musee des Blindes at Saumur in my Real Thing References section here on site.