Development of the Neubaufahrzeug (German for “new construction vehicle”) started in 1933 when the then Reichswehr gave a contract for the development of a Grobtraktor (heavy tractor) to both Rheinmetall and Krupp. Grosstractor was a codename for the development of a heavy tank, Germany being still forbidden to develop tanks under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
The two designs resembled each other to a great extent, the main difference being the weapons placement. Each had a main turret armed with a 75 mm KwK L/24 main gun and secondary 37 mm KwK L/45. Rheinmetall’s design mounted the second gun above the 75 mm KwK L/24, while the Krupp design had it mounted next to the 75 mm KwK L/24. Both designs had a secondary turret mounted to the front and the rear of the main turret. These turrets were slightly adapted Panzer I turrets, with the standard machinegun armament.
Rheinmetall’s design was designated the PzKpfw NbFz V (‘PanzerKampfwagen NeubauFahrzeug V’), and the Krupp design the PzKpfw NbFz VI. It was intended that these designs would fulfill the role of heavy tank in the armored forces, but the design proved to be too complex and unreliable for this role. Development nevertheless continued in order for the nascent German military to gain experience with multi-turreted tanks.
Item No 05528
Item Name German Neubaufahrzeug(Rheinmetall)
Bar Code 9580208055282
Item Type Static Kit
Model Brief Length: 195.21mm Width: 82.87mm
Total Parts 1120+pcs
Metal Parts gun barrel
Photo Etched Parts 2pcs
Film Parts n/a
Resin Parts n/a
Total Sprues 14 sprues , turret, lower hull , upper hull and tracks
Paint Schemes German Army
Released Date 2011-06
The kit consists of over 1120 parts
-the kit w/refined detail
-multi-slide moulded lower hull , upper hull and turret
-Over 250 individual tracks This is a scale plastic model kit, assembly required. Paints and glue not included.