By Hans-Georg Schmitt
This subscription series is sold by Atlas in Germany. It covers vehicles used by, and in the livery of, the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA) which was founded in 1956 and disbanded in 1990 after the re-unification of Germany.
The first small field cars were built by VEB Sachsenring and were classified as the type P 601A. Supply began in 1966. Although intended to be used “off road” it only had two wheel drive. With a weight of only 645 kg, a few soldiers could lift it up or push it if help was necessary. The vehicle is based upon the Trabant car and is fitted with a two cylinder two stroke engine, which was rated at 26 hp at 4200 rpm.
The body was painted in same matt olive green as all NVA vehicles and equipment. It had no doors, only two chains prevented passengers from falling out. From the unique front lights to the spare wheel at the back this is very accurate model. The military emblems are well printed. As is the case with all NVA-vehicles, the Trabi carries a registration plate only at the rear side. A realistic Spartan interior with steering wheel and column gear lever is fitted and an accurate number plate.
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