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Opel Blitz Walk Around - Reference
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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 03:02 AM UTC
Detail: Ceiling control for roof mounted "trailer in tow" lighted warning sign.


Note that the control handle shown above is mounted off-center to the left. The two bolt heads are the actual center mount for the sign itself.
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These "Trailer in Tow" indicators came in many styles:

(All photos above - Mike Koenig)




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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 09:40 AM UTC
Something a little bit different (as in perhaps home made) shelter body:

(Photo found on the internet - from the collection of Lorenzo Toniolli)
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:30 AM UTC
4x2 Opel Blitz seen at Patton Museum event; Ft. Knox, KY.




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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:42 PM UTC
More photos, this 4x4 Blitz was seen at the Lowell, IN. military event:





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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 02:29 AM UTC
Coal/wood gas (holzgas) version of the Opel Blitz. This example also sports the Einheits-Fahrerhaus, a wood and pressed board cab designed to conserve precious wartime metal supplies:


Sinsheim Museum - photographer not credited.



Photo for discussion only - Copyright Remco Natrop 2013


Italeri's offering of the Holzgas Blitz with Einheits cab.


Very unusual Opel Holzgas wrecker.
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:51 PM UTC
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 06:43 AM UTC
Why is this very interesting Blitz offering from Italeri only available in 1/24th scale????

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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 06:45 AM UTC
Another interesting Blitz variant from Italeri:



This open cab assembly has also been seen carrying the standard Blitz loadbox. This combination would be great for building an anti-aircraft version.
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 06:59 AM UTC
Talking about tanker trucks...



the matching trailer :



Calibre 35 has released an Army Fire truck conversion set for Heller or Italeri Blitz kits (guess it should be usable with Tamiya Blitz as well...):




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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 07:59 AM UTC
I had seen other, more distant photos of this same shelter/tank truck but always thought it was just a home built shelter body. I guess the disguise worked!

As to the fire truck; I knew Calibre made this conversion in 1/35th but have never really been sure why Italeri would offer this vehicle in 1/24th as a straight kit but not in 1/35tn.

Thanks Frenchy.
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 08:10 AM UTC
Plus Models also markets a 4x4 resin conversion which includes the ambulance shelter body:



Never been exactly sure why Plus Models does not offer the 4x4 conversion by itself as there are many applications for such an offering.

(Recent update: I believe Plus Models is how selling the 4x4 portion of this conversion kit separately.)
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 08:23 AM UTC
LeadWarrior also offers an extremely nice conversion kit that can be used to represent either the regular Blitz TankWagon Fuel Browser or the B-Stoff V-2 service fueling vehicle:

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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 08:25 AM UTC
LeadWarrior also offers the T-Stoff V-2 conversion as well:





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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 06:38 AM UTC
Another Einheits cab this time on a Ford Multier (Mule):


(Photographer not known)
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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 06:46 AM UTC
Something on a related topic that might be of interest:

A 1935/6 Ford cab mated to a Bren Gun Carrier chassis. I photographed this example several years running at the Lowell, Indiana, Buckley Homestead WWII military event south of Chicago. The owner said this vehicle's lineage can be traced back as far as 1949 Alaska. (Perhaps a Russian wartime chop job?)








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Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 07:02 AM UTC
I just thought that now that there are models of both vehicles in 1/35th there might be some interest in doing a conversion.






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Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 12:08 PM UTC
Again, a bit off topic, but another photo of mine from a Patton Event showing a stock German Ford truck.


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Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 02:44 PM UTC
And another Ford:


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Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 08:25 AM UTC
Beautiful walk around of the Opel Blitz Fire Truck by Robert Blokker at:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=4355

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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 03:25 AM UTC
Another great fire truck/radio van/shelter body walk around photo set. This one, a differently styled Opel Blitz by Hans Hermann Buhling:



You can view the feature at:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=5119
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 12:56 AM UTC
New offering from ICM; the lighter weight Opel 2.5:



I wish ICM had gone for the one ton Blitz instead. There are greater physical differences between the one ton and the all too familiar standard Opel Blitz 3.6 plus there were all kinds of interesting panel truck variants to the one ton; Postal Van, Propaganda Van, Ambulance!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:44 AM UTC
Well I did come across this interesting 2.5 Opel Deutsche Post van so anyone that wants to do a panel truck with the new ICM kit, have at it!

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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:50 AM UTC
Here is an easily built scratch conversion to give you something a little different from the standard Blitz 3.6 truck - a soft top cab!


(All three of these great photos by Sakini)
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 02:03 AM UTC
GOTTA show these super neat Opel Fire Trucks:



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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 03:44 AM UTC
Beautiful detail shot of what is probably a license built Mercedes Blitz:

Photo appeared on the "Mercedes Oldtimer-Newsticker" website.