I’ve built another one. I feel like I have a pretty good assortment of fuel trucks at this point!
What can we say about this Luftwaffe service vehicle?
I previously looked at a more general purpose Opel Blitz, of course this truck is significantly the same. Three variations on this truck from the previous one, most obvious is the fuel tank which pretty much defines the vehicle’s purpose.
Next is the canvas roof. This was a pretty normal wartime economy measure, I believe every combatant did this with at least some of their output.
The last is harder to see, the exhaust lets out mid-chassis. This is actually common on fuel tankers of all nationalities, it keeps hot exhaust gasses away from where the fuel is dispensed or service personnel are working.
This represents a vehicle working in occupied France, Summer 1940. Its from the Italeri kit. Its the first of their’s I’ve built as an adult; seriously, I think its been 45 years since I’ve done anything by this brand. Since I have several other (mostly Italian) subjects by this brand I was interested in seeing what their current product looks like. This kit was released last Summer in a Battle of Britain Commemorative package. I suspect it is a much older tooling, at least it looks like it. The detail is okay, fit is pretty good. And in the end, it looks like a fuel truck. Although the detail, the parts are clearly thicker than the Opel Blitz from Tamiya I built several months back. That may not be a fair comparison, Tamiya is clearly at the top of the game. And its not a huge issue, this model looks the part when complete.
I could add I may have chosen the least interesting color scheme provided with the kit. I really wanted to do something tied to the Battle of Britain. There were two trucks listed as “Unit Unknown, Eastern Front” that were far more interesting looking! But “unit unknown” didn’t fire my imagination. There was also one in North Africa garb, but then you’re trading monotonous yellow for monotonous grey; not sure that’s an improvement!