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plastic model vw car - VW Schwimmwagen WW2

From the Collection of Lara RSL Sub Branch McClelland Ave Lara Victoria

Volkswagen Schwimmwagens used the engine and mechanicals of the VW Type 86 four-wheel drive prototype of the Kübelwagen and the Type 87 four-wheel drive 'Kübel/Beetle' Command Car, which in turn were based on the platform of the civilian Volkswagen Beetle. Erwin Komenda, Ferdinand Porsche's first car body designer, was forced to develop an all-new unitized bodytub structure since the flat floorpan chassis of the existing VW vehicles was unsuited to smooth movement through water. Komenda patented his ideas for the swimming car at the German Patent office.
The earliest Type 128 prototype was based on the full-length Kübelwagen chassis with a 240 cm (7.9 ft) wheelbase. Pre-production units of the 128, fitted with custom welded bodytubs, demonstrated that this construction was too weak for tough off-roading, had insufficient torsional rigidity, and easily suffered hull-ruptures at the front cross-member, as well as in the wheel-wells. This was unacceptable for an amphibious vehicle. The large-scale production models (Type 166) were therefore made smaller, and had a wheel-base of only 200 cm (6.6 ft).
L. 11.00 cm W. 5,00 cm H. 4.8 cm
Object Registration
plastic model car world war 2, vw schimmwagen world war 2
Historical information
Wold War 2 German VW Schwimmwagen Plastic Model
Inscriptions & Markings
Plastic model painted in camouflage colors with swastika.
Last updated
2 Jul 2020 at 11:13AM