Sunday, 26 June 2016
Gepanzerter Mannschaftstransportwagen MTW SdKfz 3
Large, heavy and underpowered, and unarmed except by sticking a machine-gun up out of the large trap-doors in the roof, the Gepanzerter Mannschaftstransportwagen MTW Sd.Kfz.3 was based on the Daimler DZVR chassis and entered service in December of 1920 with the newly-reformed Reichswehr of the Weimar Republic.
105 were produced by Daimler and issued to 7 motor transport battalions (15 each). MTW was designed to carry 12 men and 3 crewmen.
This heavy personel carrier weighed 11 tons and had poor cross-country performance even with four-wheel drive because of its solid rubber tires.
Vehicles remained in service into 1930s and entered service with the Wehrmacht as Sd.Kfz.3. They were quickly relegated to tactical training duties as reconnaissance armoured cars. Some were equipped with radio sets and frame antennas and were used as radio command vehicles and used in the invasion of Poland.
This model is 3d-printed by Shapeways in WSF nylon; it's also available in high-resolution FUD resin. It's available for purchase at http://shpws.me/MbaF