A quick look at Germany’s lightest artillery tractor.
First patented Summer of 1939, and entering service in time for the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Sd.Kfz. 2 was meant to be an air transportable light duty tug. The name translates as “tracked motorcycle” and was often just shortened to Kettenkrad. It was the only such tug that could be carried in a Ju 52 transport.
The majority of the 8300 built during the War served on the Eastern Front, although late in the War many were assigned as airport tugs. This was mainly to save fuel, especially jet fuel, on taxiing.
That airport tug function is how this example was presented, is was an add-in with some editions of Tamiya’s Me 262 kit. Regulars to this site may recognize that aircraft has been “on my workbench” for a few weeks, indeed it should be done this weekend. But the little tug was finished first so I’m presenting it here a little early! This represents an anonymous tug, the kit didn’t even have any decals and suggested painting was in factory primer colors. I’ve seen photos of some operating like this, no plates no stencils; presumably as a late War expedient. Although I could mention that even today, airport service vehicles are often not considered “street legal” mainly because of licensing and insurance reasons. Perhaps in some places that translates as no plates?
Obviously that makes this the Tamiya kit! An easy and fun build.