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Opel Blitz Walk Around - Reference
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 03:59 AM UTC
Great modern reenactment shot by Micael Carlsson:


Opel, Zundapp and Horch

(Micael - you need to apply a tiny bit of Photoshop and turn those modern roof top TV antennas into lightning rods!)
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 07:53 AM UTC
AND THE WINNER IS:

for the most unusual conversion of an Opel Blitz!

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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 12:10 PM UTC
Super sharp Blitz 2.6 Bus:



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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 01:46 PM UTC
The wrecker conversion, it looks like they used a radio cable reels as the 'landing gear' stability wheels on the back.

And Tamiya has a 1.5 short bed coming out now I believe.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 02:19 PM UTC

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The wrecker conversion, it looks like they used a radio cable reels as the 'landing gear' stability wheels on the back.

And Tamiya has a 1.5 short bed coming out now I believe.



That exact same thought crossed my mind about using cable reels but I wondered if they could carry the load? Also the thin metal rims would just cut into the ground wouldn't they?
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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 02:46 PM UTC
If they welded some metal stock around it I bet they could lift two, maybe even three tons before things go wrong. It's hard to tell with all the odd shadows on that guys pant leg being directly in front of it.

It looks way to big to be a normal landing gear type wheel. And just with a quick look there's enough room for six holes, which I think is how many there on a reel.

Couldn't find a picture of the specific type though. I'll poke through my reference sites.
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Posted: Monday, April 07, 2014 - 05:36 PM UTC
Great pics! Thanks for the images and descriptions. I'm doing the Zvezda L4500, and it is a nice kit. Not settled on paint/markings yet though.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 02:23 PM UTC

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If they welded some metal stock around it I bet they could lift two, maybe even three tons before things go wrong. It's hard to tell with all the odd shadows on that guys pant leg being directly in front of it.

It looks way to big to be a normal landing gear type wheel. And just with a quick look there's enough room for six holes, which I think is how many there on a reel.

Couldn't find a picture of the specific type though. I'll poke through my reference sites.



Found them, thrid photo down.

Not one of my references, figures. Not even looking for the damn things and get them in a unrelated search.

EDIT: Failed to post the link;

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=73232&start=135

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 03:10 PM UTC

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Great pics! Thanks for the images and descriptions. I'm doing the Zvezda L4500, and it is a nice kit. Not settled on paint/markings yet though.



The L4500 is an excellent kit! Who ever heard of a model kit engine that actually comes with an oil dip stick? Super nice detailing. Outstanding!

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 04:25 PM UTC
Kudos to Italeri for making so many variations on the Opel Blitz theme!

(Unlike some other manufactures that make one and then they're done!)


Einheits cab Blitz under construction:
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 04:41 AM UTC
Hi Michael,

Great range of reference photos there and some fine builds in the making.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:38 AM UTC
I know this is bogus but I had the idea and just could not help myself.

The Russians did add a third, unpowered axle to some captured Opels to increase their load capacity but to my knowledge Opel never experimented with a three axle Blitz. (Can't imagine why not!)





As far as the rear suspension goes I figured any attempt to build a one of a kind, experimental 4x6 Blitz would use as many off the shelf parts as possible which is why I avoided the temptation to do a custom leaf spring arrangement in the rear.

I used four stock Blitz leaf springs and overlapped them using a teeter-totter equilizing arrangement between the the two sets.

In this photo the connecting driveshaft between the rear axles has not yet been installed.
(More photos to follow.)
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:00 AM UTC


This structure is called an "over the shoulder gearbox". Use of this device avoids the need to add a transfer case and double rear drive shafts to the vehicle such as is used on the US Deuce and a Half.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:17 AM UTC
I considered going with a standard cab and an extended load box but then thought what the heck, if Opel were going to show this design to Hitler they would have gone for the most striking design changes possible so why not a crew cab as well?



I made the body overhang at the rear the same as it is on the two axle Blitz. If I were to do it over again I would move the 2 axle boggie closer to the rear of the vehicle.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:51 AM UTC
Excellent photos and models Mike.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:30 AM UTC
Thanks Dave. I need to take more progress photos - both the 4x6 Opel and the Einheits cab Blitz have progressed to the painting stage. The Einheits cab Blitz is now in full cammo and the 4x6 has a base coat of finished paint, however the cab is still in primer.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 03:55 AM UTC
A recent Blitz project:

I modified the load bed to represent the more rare, easier to load, low floor, "curbside" version of the Blitz. Also scratch built a small tool trailer I saw at the Victory Museum in Auburn, IN.
(Only the load box on the trailer is scratch built - the rest is a standard flak trailer.)








Victory Museum, Auburn, IN. All photos copyright Michael Koenig 2012
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 03:44 AM UTC
A little progress on my home built Blitz 4x4 ambulance conversion:

Lowered the height of the Italeri shelter body, scratch built the clerestory and the cab top stowage rack. Working now on the rear doors and staircase.

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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 10:01 PM UTC
How about replicating a scene from a popular movie?

Italeri's 1/24th scale Blitz.


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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 04:26 AM UTC
Ah yes, but that truck was, I think, a Henchel. . . . or maybe a Mercedes.

Beautifully done crates and Blitz though!
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 01:21 PM UTC
Some progress on my kooky 4x6 Blitz searchlight truck and generator trailer:





I intend to also add a large wooden, slope topped tool chest at the front of the loadbox and electrical cable reels mounted at the rear edge of the bed.
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 04:31 PM UTC
Great initiative and pictures!
What I'm searching for years for are pictures showing the seats/banks in the cargobed for those Opels that served as personal carrier as i would like to model one.

Kind regards
Walter

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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 06:39 PM UTC
Don't really have any reference on the troop seats. I guess I have always taken Italeri as gospel given that they always show four large planks arranged cross wise on their Blitz and fitted into side wall brackets.

Saw a Steyr once with lengthwise folding benches a bit like Deuce folding benches.
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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 12:13 AM UTC
I suppose different arrangements existed. I'm searching for some references of this one https://www.airfix.com/media/tinymce_upload/0fed23b44a8bf6ba3e2758b80ede486d.jpg
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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 03:17 AM UTC
A Steyr with length wise troop seats: I built this model based on a Wings and Wheels book that has photo documentation of the real vehicle.



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Then too, here is also a Blitz with length wise seating:


And another, different Blitz also with lengthwise seating,


And finally, a Ford 1500 with lengthwise, toolbox seating.