7.5cm PaK 40/4 auf RSO
From Dragon to 1/35 scale for mounting and painting
The mud, snow and ice that prevailed on the Eastern Front were tremendous impediments to travel and mobility. This was especially true because of the poor condition of roads in Russia. To help solve the difficulty that wheeled and half-tracked vehicles had in negotiating the terrain, Germany introduced the Raupenschlepper Ost, which literally means “Crawling Tractor – East.” The RSO was introduced specifically for mobility on the Eastern Front, and it typically served as a prime mover. The fully tracked chassis ran on a running gear of four steel wheels either side. Latterly, the RSO’s mission expanded because of a severe shortage of antitank platforms. Thus, the RSO was eventually fitted with a 7.5cm PaK 40/1 antitank cannon. To facilitate its new function, the driver’s compartment at the front was replaced with a lightly armored superstructure.