In September of 1939, Krupp received a design proposal from for a purpose-built self-propelled howitzer. Unlike earlier motorized artillery, this was not an adapted or converted vehicle, but rather specially designed for this role. A 10.5cm le.F.H.18/1 was mounted in an open-topped turret. The light field howitzer could be rotated in this turret through a 70-degree arc. The sides of the turret were tapered downward toward the rear, allowing excellent side visibility. The new vehicle, initially known as Pz.Sfl.IV b, was later designated Geschützwagen IV b für 10.5cm le.F.H. 18/1(Sf) (Sd.Kfz 165/1). Two vehicles were ordered for testing, which were delivered in January 1942. Even before that, during Fall 1941, a series of 10 of the new vehicles were ordered for troop trials.
Item No 00374Item Name German Geschützwagen IVb für 10.5cm leFH 18/1(Sf) (Sd.Kfz 165/1)Bar Code 9580208003740Scale 1:35Item Type Static ArmorModel Brief Length: 162mm Width: 83mm Height:73mmTotal Parts 590 plastic partsMetal Parts n/aPhoto Etched Parts 1pcsFilm Parts n/aResin Parts n/aTotal Sprues 16 sprues plus one-piece slide-molded lower hul, slide-molded upper hull, slide-molded turret and vinyl tracksPaint Schemes With the vehicle being a prototype, so give a small decal sheet containing just four small Balkancreuz, to represent the vehicle in field grayReleased Date 2008-04More Features The kit consists of 588 parts in light grey plastic ,2 of full length vinyl tracks, 1 fret of PE. Chassis - New tooled one-piece slide-molded l"