Leichttraktor Rheinmetall is a small tank, so there are only five sprues of grey styrene in the box, four lengths of black flexible tracks, a tiny clear sprue, a small decal sheet and the instruction booklet. Detail is good throughout as we’ve come to expect from ICM, with plenty of external detail, including the spiral exhaust mufflers.

Leichttraktor Rheinmetall 1930

Leichttraktor Rheinmetall 1930

Manufacturer: ICM

Cat. nr: 35330

Scale: 1:35

204 details, decal sheet, assembly guide.

Released: march 2019

The assembly process was very pleasant and gave me a lot of positive emotions. All parts are nice quality. Use “SuperGlue” to fix rubber tracks parts with each other.

My impressions after test-build

My point of view may differ from the opinion of other modelers
89

Box-Art

1-100
86

Detailing level

1-100
88

Assembly

1-100
87

Appearance

1-100
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Clear part without facture

Clear part without facture

Rubber Tracks (low realism)

Rubber Tracks (low realism)

No interior

No interior

Details accuracy

Details accuracy

Assembly process

Assembly process

Rare prototype

Rare prototype

Exterior detalisation

Exterior detalisation

Pros

  • Details accuracy.
  • Assembly process.
  • Rare prototype.
  • Exterior detalisation.

Total rating

Cons

  • Headlights without facture.
  • Rubber tracks.
  • No interior.
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Prototype brief reference

Source: Wikipedia

The Leichttraktor (Vs.Kfz.31) was a German experimental tank designed during the Interwar Period.

Leichttraktor Rheinmetall 1930

After the end of World War I, Germany was restricted in military development by the Treaty of Versailles. However, a secret program under the name cover “Traktor” was developing armoured military vehicles and artillery. Its engine was mounted inside the front portion of the hull and the turret was mounted above the fighting compartment in the rear of the tank. Both Rheinmetall and Krupp produced prototypes, and in 1928, Rheinmetall was awarded the order of 289 tanks. However, some time later, the order was cancelled. Krupp models had coil spring suspensions, while Rheinmetall had leaf spring suspensions.

The Germans tested the tank in the Soviet Union under the Treaty of Rapallo – agreed between the USSR and Germany in 1922 under high secrecy and security. The testing facility used from 1926 to 1933 was named Panzertruppenschule Kama, located near Kazan in the Soviet Union. The location was a joint testing ground and tank training ground for the Red Army and Reichswehr. It was codenamed “Kama” from the words Kazan and Malbrandt because the testing grounds were near Kazan and Oberstleutnant Malbrandt was assigned to select the location for testing.

Leichter Traktor (“Light tractor”) was a cover name for all three medium tank designs produced there. In the early years of World War II it was used as a training tank.

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