Matchbox Kfz 70 Protze (Chassis)
Scale Mode Accessories (Small Scale Productions) Krupp Kfz 19 Telephone Operating Vehicle (Body)
Article By: Neil Craig
This is basically a "hybrid" using the Matchbox Krupp SdKfz 70 chassis and the body of the (OOP) Scale Model Accessories (Small Scale Productions) Krupp Kfz 19 Telephone Operating Vehicle. Both are suitably modified to facilitate fit, etc. The stowage is spares (box, tarps, small crate, and drum with the large crate and cable reels with the extra poles being scratch built. The figure is from Preiser.
I used the chassis and front end of the Matchbox SdKfz 69 kit. The firewall had to be carefully trimmed away from the bonnet as it fits flush to the body on the actual vehicle. As the Matchbox front seat was used, the spare wheel housings had to be cut back on each side to allow the body to fit over them and a notch had to be taken out of the lower part of the front of the body to allow for the transmission tunnel. The rear seat and deck from the SSP kit were used and a rear floor was constructed from sheet styrene
. Running boards were added on each side and tow hooks were scratch built from sheet styrene. A spare wheel housing and towing pintle was scratch built for the rear using pictures as reference.
The body was detailed with grab handles and a step on each side on the rear wheel fairings. There was also some detail added to the body roof at the front. I'm not sure what it was used for on the actual vehicle, but it is quite clear in a few pictures I have collected. Matchbox mirrors, spotlight and signal indicators were used as well.
All in all, it was a fairly straightforward conversion. I felt that the Matchbox chassis and detail was far better than the white metal chassis and wheels supplied in the SSP kit. The resin body of the SSP kit was clean and needed only a little clean-up in the window openings. The steering wheel was added to the firewall in the appropriate location. I also added a more pronounced overhang of the roof over the front windows using styrene strip and sanding to shape based upon the pictures I have.
It is painted with Humbrol and Model Master enamels and weathered with both enamels and artists oils. The figure is done in oils.
The Matchbox base was used as it gave a nice representation of typical French scenery during the 1940's. The vehicle was marked up as being with the 3rd Panzer Div. (although to be honest, I can't substantiate whether they had this particular Krupp vehicle in their inventory).