Modelling the SdKfz 251 Halftrack
By Robert Oehler
(Osprey Publishing, Paperback, 9781841767062, 80pp.)
Publication Date: November 11, 2004
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The adoption of blitzkrieg tactics in the German Army prior to the start of World War II meant that Germany needed a new kind of fighting vehicle to transport troops around the battlefield in support of the Panzer spearheads. It was in response to this requirement that the armored halftrack was developed during the mid-1930s. The SdKfz 251 halftrack soon became one of the most numerous vehicles in German service during World War II, with over 15,000 produced. This title provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to build some of the most popular SdKfz 251 variants in both 1/72 and 1/35 scale. It also includes camouflage paint schemes and markings.
Robert Oehler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1964. He is currently employed by the University of California-Merced as a Management Services Officer (Business Manager). Robert is the former Marketing Manager at Tamiya America, Inc., and was regularly involved in the research that served as the basis for Tamiya military models. He holds a Bsc from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a MA from Michigan State University. He has regularly contributed product reviews, demonstration articles and historical features for model magazines throughout the world and is currently a Consultant Editor for Tamiya Model Magazine International as well as the Osprey Modelling series. This is his first title for Osprey Publishing
"This...is one of the most practical modelling manuals I have ever seen. Not just builders of German vehicles will find practical advice within its pages, ALL armor modellers, regardless of experience or skill level will find some practical application... VERY highly recommended." -Jim Rae, Armorama (December 2004)