Kampfgruppe144 : Black Label Series
World Exclusive: Kampfgrupe144 one of the most globally recognised names in the 1/144 modelling and collecting community launches the Black Label Series, this Series will seek to bring fresh and innovative miniatures to the collector by utilising the latest design and production techniques available to 1/144.
VK501 Series Vehicles
1/144 VK501 “Katzchen”
Designed to have a weigh 6 tons, it utilised the proven 6-Cylinder Maybach HL42 providing 100HP and a speed of 65 Kilometres per hour, transverse mounted. The armour thickness was specified at 20 millimetres, and was capable of stopping a 7.63 round.
Although derived from the requirement specification issued for the VK501 Munitionsschlepper, the final design was somewhat different:
This version of the vehicle could therefore carry increased loads and was also suited to acting as a light armoured personnel carrier for the transport of up to 6 soldiers, and is also able to retrieve stretcher based casualties.
Self-defence was provided by the MG-42 machine gun(s).
Fact or Fiction?
While this does verge on being a paper project at least one vehicle was found out “in the wild”, and became the subject of a British Army Intelligence Report submitted on 19th May 1945.
No further records have been discovered to reveal how many of these vehicles were completed, and as it does not appear that this example made it past the scrap merchant and into a museum...?
This product will be equally at home on your gaming table, in your display cabinet, or on your workbench.
The mission of the team is to ensure that the highest possible standards of research, design, manufacturing and finishing are employed in the development of the miniature supplied.
(Diorama, other vehicles and figures NOT included)