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Rolly-Polly Panzer

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 7:58 PM
That’s an interesting little kit you got there RG. My hobby shop used to have the Miniart version and I thought it was another what if thing. Imagine my shock when I found out it was actually built.

 
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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:32 PM

There's some computer/video game out there where you hit a soccer/football around with R/C cars. I swear this reminds me of it- I can see a bunch of tanks bouncing this sucka around the battlefield. 

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 6:18 PM

I do recall seeing a magazine cover with a hypothetical ball tank design.  The Japanese used a limpet shaped shield for individual infantry protection, but it was kind of useless as well as cumbersome. 

Notice that the Kugelpanzer lacks a suspension - no rough terrain for this contraption!  The single vision slit would assure an abyssmal view outside.  And the armor was only about 5mm thick, so the occupant would have to hope that the enemy wasn't packing anything bigger than a rifle.  But I suppose a soldier seeing a big careening metal ball would be thinking of getting out of the way rather than standing his ground to get off a shot!

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:09 AM

I was curious enough to look it up. One of the tank history websites speculates that it was a reconnaissance tank. Can you imagine being the poor sod whose kommandeur tells you to "roll out toward the front line, and have a little look-see...."??

Crikey, I can just imagine Allied artllery gunners grinning and rubbing their hands together, ready for "a bit of fun...."

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 7:13 AM

Lol, I think Greg's reference to a hamster ball hits home here! Wonder if it fits in with the whole 'Die Glocke' mythical secret weapon...

And yeah, probably worst place for a seam line ever...  

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 6:33 AM

An enigma.  Maybe we'd all be disappointed if we knew it's true intention.  Like it was used to shunt merchandise around a warehouse or something lame like that.  Not a good place for a seam line for sure. 

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:52 AM

From the size of it...I picture a guy inside in a track suit, running on a treadmill like a hamster wheel to make it go! What possible use can have been envisioned for these, I wonder....

Still, looking forward to seeing how you "dress them out!" Yes

[And what a nasty place to put a seam....]

Greg

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:15 AM

I had not realised there were 2 kits in this, nice to see it getting built. The Soviets also had a ball tank design that Miniart has modelled. I would not fancy being the crewman in one.

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Rolly-Polly Panzer
Posted by Real G on Monday, January 4, 2021 9:31 PM

From the "Fact is Stranger than Fiction" file comes the Kugelpanzer.  The Germans actually built one of these, and the proof is that it currently resides in the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia.  However, its history is somewhat murky - no one really knows who built it or even when it was built.  Some say it was a pre-WW II design.  Others say it was transferred to the Japanese and captured by the Soviets during WW II.  Nobody even knows if it was a functioning machine.  Where was the engine?  And the Russians seem reluctant to let anyone have a peek inside the machine today.

The kit by Das Werks is injection molded in 1/35 scale.  Not much to the kit, as no interior is provided.  But two kits are in the box.

There are a bunch of wacky paint/decal options, but no one really knows exactly how it looked when it was "rolled" out.  The Kubinka specimen is just painted an overall grey with some German crosses.

Assembly goes by very quickly.

I cut away a portion of the internal support structure to give one of the models a more open visor slot.  The Notek light and mount on the lower front of the hull is spurrious.  The mount has been removed (actually knocked off) from one of the models already.

Ivan and Natasha pose next to the Kugelpanzer to illustrate its relatively small size.

Currently I am busying myself filling in the annoying seam line running through the "treads".

I am planning on building one similar to the Kubinka specimen, the other will be something very different.  Stay tuned.

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