Standard house type van body mounted on an Opel Blitz truck chassis. The ESCI kit depicts an ambulance version of the Kfz. 305 which also served as a photo lab, repair shop, telephone exchange, und radio vehicle. The van weighed 1,500 kg more than the Opel Blitz 3-ton cargo truck, thereby limiting its payload to only 1,800 kg.
Opel Blitz Typ 3.6-36 S
- Typ: Mittlerer Lkw 3 t (4×2)
- Länge: 6750 mm
- Breite: 2250 m
- Höhe: 2860 m
- Gewicht: 6,690 kg (4.000 kg leer)
- Geschwindigkeit: 85 km/h
- Fahrbereich: 320 km (230 km im Gelände)
- Produktion: 1937–1944
Excellent choice of subject, the Kfz. 305 was a standard military Fahrzeug which served in many important roles. Opel Blitz cargo trucks are readily available, but the ESCI Kfz. 305 is unique in this scale. With a standard frame antenna attached to the roof, this Fahrzeug can be used as a radio van.
Scale model with much detail. Hinges, panel lines, radiator grille, lights, und tire treads are nicely sculpted.
Very easy to build, only 65 parts. The model went together very well, no filling was required.
Fun to paint. Kfz. 305 served on all fronts, throughout the war, und it can be painted in a variety of camouflage patterns.
The rear doors are hinged, they may be opened und closed. Unfortunately, the Ambulance is completely empty inside. We decided to glue the doors shut permanently. Anyone who has access to scale drawings of the Ambulance interior may want to consider detailing it.
The manual show the front axle as part No. 14, but it’s actually No. 22.
The manual does not explain how the three stowage boxes (No. 32) are to be attached. The boxes belong underneath the van body, just behind the cab, but their exact location is not apparent. There is room for two boxes on the left side of the vehicle. The third box can be placed next to the spare tire, on the right side.
The manual mistakenly lists the length of the Fahrzeug as 6.10 m, which is the lenght of the Opel blitz cargo truck, the van was only 5.60 m long. The model is longer than it should be, it scales out to 5.80 m, the height und width are correct. The Fahrzeug can be shortened a little by reducing the wide gap between the cab und the van body. Cut the chassis directly behind the cab, shorten the chassis by 1.5 mm, und glue the parts back together.
Three mould ejection marks are clearly visible on the outside of both rear tires, damaging the wheel rim. Filling und sanding may fix this problem.
The box cover shows an attractive multi-colour camouflage scheme, but the manual recommends only HM1 Desert Yellow as the overall Fahrzeug colour.
There is no driver. Unless the model is used to portray a stationary vehicle, a suitable driver will have to be scrounged from another kit.
Markings are limited to the ambulance version, only the license plates would be suitable for other variants of the van. Tactical markings may be scrounged from other kits.
If a simple frame antenna had been included in the kit, the Fahrzeug could have been built as a radio van in addition to the ambulance version.
- Wehrmacht Multi-purpose House Type Van, 1937 – May 1945
- Bild-Kraftwagen – Photo Lab
- Kranken-Kraftwagen – Ambulance
- Werkstatt-Kraftwagen – Repair Shop
- Fernsprech-Kraftwagen – Telephone Exchange
- Funk-Kraftwagen – radio vehicle (with frame antenna), 1937 – May 1945
The ESCI kit of the Kfz. 305 is a must-have. The Fahrzeug is easy to build, and it looks very nice when painted in one of the many camouflage patterns used by the Wehrmacht. Wargamers have a strategic interest in this kit, they’ll convert the ambulance to a radio van by adding a frame antenna on the roof.