Monday, 19 September 2011

Famo & Mörser 18

A post of two models this time. It's the Sd.Kfz. 9 "FAMO" and the Mörser 18.
The Famo was a halftrack capable of towing 28 tons and was developed as the Whermacht's heavy hauler.
The Mörser 18 was one of the most heavy german howitsers and fired a shell of 113 kg and 210 mm in diameter. It could be towed by two Sd.Kfz.7's or a single FAMO.

Both of the models are from Revell, the Famo is no.03141 and the mörser is no.03169. both models are also availible in an other version.
There is a kit of the Famo with an 'earthspade' used to aid the vehicle when recovering tanks, this is kit no.03100.
The kanone 18 is a slightely different version of the mörser 18 featuring a different gun and wheels. This kanone 18 was the successor of the mörser 18. The difference between the gun kits is only the wheels and gunbarrel, it is really a shame revell doesn't give you these parts so you can choose which version you want to build. Especially because the wheels included with the kanone 18 can also be used with the mörser 18. Boxing slightely different versions of models as separate kits is they way almost all major kitmanufacturers do their buisiness these days however. The kitnumber of the kanone 18 is no.03176.

Both of the boxes.

The models themselves are extremely well engineered and moulded. These are prime examples of the top model kits that are made these days. Both of them have a large amount of parts, 150 for the Famo and 200 for the mörser. Both of the kits go together very well but I won't recommend the mörser 18 for beginners since it is a quite complecated kit. The mörser can be build in two ways, deployed or on the wheels of the carriage. I choose the latter option so I could have it towed by the Famo. It painted the models to represent vehicles used by the Afrika Koprs. The red parts of the mörser are parts where the paint has worn of to the level of the primer or parts that where never painted in camouflage color.

On to the pictures!

Of the mörser:

The Famo:

The figures are from the Revell german Atillery set no.02515, the flak from a fijumi set.

Both of the behemots:

Both kits are highly recommend, but the mörser for somewhat experienced modelers only because of it's complexity. (It shouldn't be the first model you make, more like your 4th etc.)

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