NATO M1001 MAN Tractor with Pershing II Missile Erector Launcher

by ModelCollect
$32.42 USD $47.69 USD

Description

This is an injection-plastic military vehicle model kit.

From the manufacturer:

The MAN KAT1 was a family of high-mobility off-road trucks developed by MAN SE for the German army.

In 1982, the Bundeswehr planned to replace its fleet of vehicles, which still stemmed from the time the army had been founded. It wanted amphibious two-, three- and four-axle vehicles in the 4 to 10-ton payload range. Because a high degree of new development was necessary, the German federal agency for defense technology and procurement (BWB) found itself unable to accept the responsibility for a decision, bu suggested the bidding companies form a common development bureau and agree on one unified project.

Two years later, in 1964, BWB drafted the second-generation requirements. Specifications of the next generation called for mostly standard commercial vehicles with unlimited cross-country mobility, amphibious, with permanent all-wheel drive, low-pressure run-flat tires, a steel cab, NBC protection, a multifuel engine and a minimum service life of ten years.

Because procurement costs would have run too high and NATO established a new standard, the amphibious, NBC and multifuel capabilities were subsequently cancelled and requirements re-drafted. The payload of the twin-axle version was increased to 5 tons, fording depth specified to 1,200mm, bed height raised to 1,650mm, and air-cooled Deutz V8 enbines with and without turbocharger, as well as 14.00 R20 size tires were specified. However, even this "trimmed down" version was too expensive for comprehensive procurement. After further deliberations it was decided to procure a smaller number of the specialized, newly developed high-mobility trucks and supplement them with a number of near-standard trucks. This meant the army procured altogether six different new truck models, initially three of them in the high-mobility off-road category.

On 4 December 1975, the Bundeswehr and MAN signed the procurement treaty about the delivery of the special military trucks, now split even further into two more categories. The first Kategorie I-MAN, the 10t mil gl, was delivered on 29 November 1976. The original intention was to build a family of logistics vehicles which could carry full loads across severe terrain while keeping up with modern main battle tanks.

The first model produced was 8x8; 6x6 and 4x4 variants followed. The original KAT1 evolved into the MAN SX. A few ex-military MAN KAT1 vehicles were released onto the second-hand market in Germany. The US Army and US Air Force operated 4 variations of the 8x8 model under the designations M1001, M1002, M1013 and M1014.

Molded in gray and clear plastic, this kit includes soft tires, photo-etched parts, and decals. 

Details

Code: MOLUA72084
Release Date: Mar 2018
Item Size/Weight: 33.0cm x 24.5cm x 5.2cm / 390g
Manufacturer: ModelCollect

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