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Rubicon 1/56 German Motorcycle R75 with Sidecar - DAK

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"Excellent little model"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Despite it's small size & fiddly, the kit went together very well exceeding my expectations. The finished kit looks great & has some good detail to it. Options of caps or helmets for the riders.

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Great little kit from Rubicon, goes together nicely. Not sold on the rider and gunner though. I opted for alternative models.The bike itself however is excellent!

Description

Rubicon 1/56 German Motorcycle R75 with Sidecar – DAK

In the 1930s, BMW were producing a number of popular and highly effective motorcycles. In 1938 development of the R75 started in response to a request from the German Army. Preproduction models of the R75 were powered by a 750cc side valve engine, which was based on the R71 engine. However it was quickly found necessary to design an all-new OHV 750cc engine for the R75 unit. This OHV engine later proved to be the basis for subsequent post-war twin BMW engines like the R51/3, R67 and R68.

The third side-car wheel was driven with an axle connected to the rear wheel of the motorcycle. These were fitted with a locking differential and selectable road and off-road gear ratios through which all four and reverse gears worked. This made the R75 highly maneuverable and capable of negotiating most surfaces. A few other motorcycle manufactures, like FN and Norton, provided an optional drive to sidecars.

The BMW R75 and its rival the Zündapp KS750 were both widely used by the Wehrmacht in Russia and North Africa, though after a period of evaluation it became clear that the Zündapp was the superior machine. In August 1942, Zündapp and BMW, on the urging of the Army, agreed upon standardization of parts for both machines, with a view of eventually creating a Zündapp-BMW hybrid (designated the BW43), in which a BMW 286/1 side-car would be grafted onto a Zündapp KS750 motorcycle. They also agreed that the manufacture of the R75 would cease once production reached 20,200 units, and after that point BMW and Zündapp would only produce the Zündapp-BMW machine, manufacturing 20,000 each year. Only 16,510 were produce before the war ended.

Since the target of 20,200 BMW R75’s was not reached, it remained in production until the Eisenach factory was so badly damaged by Allied bombing that production ceased in 1944. A further 98 units were assembled by the Soviets in 1946 as reparations.

Product Highlights:

  • Single 1/56 (28mm) scale plastic sprue
  • Choice of leather or metal stowage case
  • Choice of MG34 or MG42 machine gun
  • Three DAK figures included

Product Code: 280052
Number of Parts: 49 pieces / 1 sprue + 2 figure sprues

Miniatures are require assembly and are supplied unpainted.

Release date NZ
July 17th, 2017
Manufacturer
Box Dimensions (mm)
235x185x35
UPC
4898132800522
Product ID
26854850

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