|Expected release date is Oct 1st 2019|
Laser cut 20 gauge metal sheets to be assembled. Plastic Molded tracks and pins included! R/C compatible (see video at bottom of page)
Includes updated parts from Frontline Hobbies for the Panzer IV hull. New suspension system, double road wheels, return rollers, and more! Cast texture and serial numbers added. The sprocket of the Hummel is from the Panzer III.
The Hummel was designed in 1942 after the need for mobile artillery support for tank forces had been demonstrated during the Invasion of Russia.
The vehicle was mounting the powerful 15 cm sFH 18/1 L/30 howitzer on the specially designed Geschützwagen III/IV, which combined elements of both the Panzer III (driving and steering system) and Panzer IV chassis (suspension and engine). The same chassis was also used for the Nashorn tank destroyer.
Late models had a slightly redesigned driver compartment and front superstructure offering more room to the radio operator and driver.
By the end of the war, 714 Hummel had been built together with 150 ammunition carriers using the same design
FUN NOTE: On February 27, 1944, Hitler ordered the name Hummel to be dropped as it was deemed inappropriate for a fighting vehicle (Hummel means "Bumblebee" in German)
Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel Kit
The Hummel is based on one of FOA's best seller: The Nashorn! This kit is made of laser-cut mild steel, bendable into the accurate shape of the vehicle and attached with pop-rivets (or bolts). The sFH-18/1 howitzer is mostly made of 52 resin parts, as well as many more PzKfw. III/IV resin parts. It includes all the necessary items to be fully functional (except firing!.. but the howitzer recoils).
NOTE TO CUSTOMERS: If you wish to build an "early Hummel", it was using the same hull as the Nashorn with the small driver compartment. Please put your request in the "Customer Comment" section.
Below is a video of FOA standard TTMS-HP motorization installed on a Panzer IV Hull