|Ivey Models||German Field Kitchen Feldküchen for 3-ton Truck|
|Kit # 72101||Preview by Stephen 'Tank
Whisperer' Brezinski - sbrez1(at)comcast(dot)net
Edited by Rob Haelterman
This kit appears to be the first in a line of small scale kits by modeler Tony Ivey; it is a conversion kit to modify a standard 3-ton German military truck of WW2 into a motorized field kitchen (commonly referred to as a Gulaschkanone (Goulash Cannon)) and looks essentially a modification of the horse drawn field kitchen (a vehicle offered in small scale resin media by LEVA Productions and several other manufacturers). I understand that this conversion can be used with the Opel Blitz truck (ESCI, Italeri, Academy and MW kits), Mercedes Benz 3000 trucks (Pegasus Models and resin kit makers), MAN 3000 and Magirus 3000 trucks. The kitchen burned coal or wood.
This conversion kit comes in a small ziplock sealed bag and with a cardboard stiffener.
is a scan of the four cast resin kit parts and the small information
pamphlet showing a photo of the completed field kitchen. I am guessing
that a side of the truck bed would be lowered when the kitchen was
in use. Having cast and then photographed model parts made of white-colored
resin before, I was not surprised at the lack of detail visible in
the scan here.
show the kit details I added a wash to accent the recesses and raised
areas. At far left is the storage cabinet that we are instructed to
place at the forward end of the truck bed.
Though the kit has no exploded view instructions it is fortunate to be simple enough to assemble with the instructions provided (written in English). The written instructions are complete, though I recommend also an exploded view drawing for our non-English speaking friends.
Additional reference photos, including ones with views of this field kitchen mounted in a 3-ton truck can be found on line with a good web search.