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Famo sd.Kfz. 9/1




Bilstein Famo

Original: Being the biggest in halftracks, is not enough, a 9/1 is a Famo with a 6 ton crane. (And there is a 10 ton version also.

Model: Tamiya with a resin crane from Tiger models and one from Calibre35 with a lot of metal and plastic addition.

Build: March 2011 to July 2021. basecoat is tamiya german yellow with a pre shade in dark grey.




Build history

July 11 2021


Final little details on the crane's and I'm a happy camper: the're ready!



July 4 2021


Final assembly on both the canvas covers and a lot of little details on the crane's.



July 3 2021


A visit for moral support from a little brother. The 3 ton Bilstein on the Büssing truck is a big truck though.



June 29 2021


The second frame is under construction.



February 8 2021


The folding tarp of the 7/1 is fake. The beams of the cabriolet roof are on different spots, so lets build them the right way an think up the plan to get a tarp on it later.



May 24 2020


A fellow modeller put his 9/1 built on facebook. A nicely getting along project but he didn't have some of the details that are different. So I tried to find a picture in my build report to help him. None that show all he needs. Just to lead you across the picture: The box on the inside is shaped to save the drivers knees while entering. The outside bodysheet has a rounded corner top rear. The plate and upward bracket are for the canvas top. I would have replaced the brackets to fasten the canvas door, If I knew beforehand how much work it all the other fixtures would be. The low row of rivits is for the earliest sd.Kfz9 only. (Late type bodies vor the 9 and 9/1 are welded).



January 5 2020


Well, I got lucky( or so I thought). The Tamiya KM11 sd.Kfz.7/1 has a linnen tilt that is only a bit to narrow. The rest of the dimensions are spot on(!) Let's go with that for now.



January 4 2020


The layout of the canvas is quitte a intricate piece. Green stuff? No, it's not what it needs to look. Or at least with my skills in getting this stuff to do what I want it to do.



January 1 2020


A fresh start in the new year with a promise to myself to finish them The foldable roof is made of flat metal strips. It's canvas is foldable up at the rear. Lets try and make it like that.



November 2019


The cranebodies got paint and a more detailed look on them reveales that they need the hooks that are used to pull the closing over the insides Small as always, but very much in the eye. Copperwire around a wire with the right diameter, and than cut them in halfs. Several of the levers and the outside holders of the gears are missing on the one and the other cranebody. The centerpoint on the rear and the upper rear hatch are also changed. Now the cranes only lack some paint and markings.



October 16 2019


Been working hard for the last weeks, every now and than. Just half an hour here, and there. Where getting there!



September 29 2019


over the summer only a few hours have been devoted to the Famo's. The boom parts are a nice step further, but it's a lot of work.



May 17 2019


This is as far as I got before Militracks 2019. The intended point to to be ready. What I mis is the boom from one and a lot of details of both, and the cables. After the paint all instruction plates need to be added and some extra tools for both. The side light and a fire extinguiser are a last minute addition.



May 6 2019


On to the crane bodies. Initially these have leather flaps covering the interiour. By the wire supporting the crane boom and the tow chain, these give a view into the body. So an interiuor is needed.



March 16 2019


Both decks got the same treatment in paint. A pre-shade wirth a sand yellow overal coat.



March 10 2019


The crane boom support and it's connection to the big back beam are finnished and the folding inlays that the external struths are attached to are finnaly ready and put into the beams. One of the cranes is ready so lets see if it all fits



March 4 2019


The tool boxes on the rear deck are done. The big tools on the rear deck attached.



February 24 2019


On with the detailing of the paint. The tracks are on and in the right color. Ready to get on with the working deck.



February 2 2019


Both Famo's got a basecoat after that the got a pre-shade. The one that's going to the owner of the real thing, is suppost to be factory new. That gives only a very small room between it lokking like a toy. The post shade gives it a sense of depth.



January 19 2019


And ow wonder: again, a new detail found. The ventilation hatch on the bonnet near the windshield has a brother on the early version.



December 31 2018


A further detailing of the Famo's has emerged. This very early version has a massive amount of rivits.



November 25 2018


After a lang pause I finnaly got a tast for Famo again. The deck is finnaly ready: all sheets cut and fixed. The doors through the deck are very different. The biggest has 4 hinges, the smallest 3. All have a handle that flattens into a D shaped hole in the top sheet. The big box on the end has a flench bolting it to the deck.



May 18 2018


Chassis sides are complete, blocks under the chassis are placed. The spare tyre has gotten it's right place with the handle and strip that pul it out of its bay. The strip over it may be possible to make movable. Ready to be shown on Militracks.



May 7 2018

Turns out that the company that made these magnificent cranes stil exists! They totally forgot their great heratige but make very good shock absorbers. Could not help to change their comercial sign.



April 22 2018


The side covers of the chassis, where the sub-chassis is behind are getting shape.



April 5 2018


The stowage boxes are ready, the floor repaired. The blocks under the chassis can be cast, and the first shape of the masive square tubes are ready. A lot of fuz to make the sides of these tubes that you look into. In real life these are 2 u-beams where 2 masive sheets are welded onto. The first H block that sits on the end of the beams is ready. Tiny! I wonder if I can make this functional.



March 12 2018


The special blocks that the 9/1 has on its deck to put under the track(from the rear), turn out to have a special reinforcement inside. The H-blocks in the huge square pipes on the deck are a lot smaller than the ones provided in the kit.



February 11 2018


A start with the thing I hate most: breaking apart things I thought where ready. The boxes next to the front beng need to be replaced. The floor is too short and removing the boxes with a dremel makes extra damage on the floor in front of it. The vehicle sides take a beating too. Most of it has to be sanded down to fit the material thickness of the grip floor plates. Damages to a lot of details I thought I had ready. The sides needed a change. The ones in the kit mis a strip at the back. The early version of the "9"and the 9/1 have a line of bolts on the underside also.



April 29 2017


Biggest step: the entire crane is done except for the hook cable. The biggest issue with the Tiger kit crane was that its beautiful leveling disks make the crane protrude 4 mm too high in 35th scale. A massive 14 cm's in reality. The top of the crane body sticks out 25 cm's above the platform, not 39 cm. I cannot figure out where the extra mm's are, so I had to repace it with a plug that fills the space. The covers around the tilting mechanism are not included in the kit. So, I cut out 5 sheets of 1,5 mm, glued them together and sanded them down to a block 7,1 mm thick and 45,3 mm round to do the trick. The cranebody of the other kit is too narrow and to high. It wil be a lot of work to make it look the part. The toolbox and the blocks on the rear are complete.



April 29 2017


A little inventory of parts and problems. The inside of the spare wheel does not fit a sparewheel unless it protrudes. The sparewheels are always only the outer rim. The toolbox is a flimsy crooked part. the blocks of the Tiger kit are good, but the ones from the other kit are not correct. Same for the supports for the extender poles.



February 12 2017


A lot of little things done. The distance poles on the feders. The exhaust have been enlonged. The rims of the working area have had their edges added and finnaly the long iron bolts that hold the real beast and the crane together have been measured out and added. The bottom of the bins that are accesable from the deck have been added. The crane platform of the Tiger kit proved to be 3 mm's too wide. So I broke them off and cut of 1,5 mm each side.



April 16 2016


Nice progress for the little time I got to build. I carved the original fenders and the ones from the tiger kit to take a sheet of tin. This sheet is very flexible, so I have to strenghten them to be firmer. The boxes that hold and support the struths of both kits are off in size. The Tiger's are to low, the calibers are to short. No details on the caliber, but the heavy pipes holding the construction together should be round. The block with the nuts is on the botom. All four sanded down and changed. And yes, it's absolute shock to sand of all these beautiful details, but it has to be done.
I finally figured out the order of things. The boxes are fixed to the workfloor. The sub chassis parts are in place and correspond with the boxes. The cros members of the tiger kit are much too wide. All four shortend. The cranefloor from the tiger kit has it's bolts in the wrong place. I copied the base plate for the other one. The little details of the construction will be added later.



March 28 2016


Another set back. The storage boxes desides the bench are twice as high as on the original sd.Kfz 9. I found a few pictures that confirm this field modification(?) The left box on the original 9/1 even shows another special thing. The lid is shaped in a way like this photo. Unfortunately I did not get a picture from the left side of the vehicle. It's only a few inches from the left wal....



March 26 2016


Our Twenot 40 years celebration at "Oorlogsmuseum Overloon" gave me some time to put in my Famo's. Both basic machines are ready except for some details and I made a test floor from a tin sheet. It gives a good Idea of what I have to make. The original "fenders" from the Tiger kit and the Tamiya kit I wil thin on the sides where the floor wil be fixed. Than I have to get more metal plate and make the boxes under the floor. The square pipes that store the aditional supports are more than I thought! There part of the massive construction! The floor is more of an simle sheet sandwiched between the hefty construction parts.



March 6 2016


Turns out the whole of the sub-chassis is upside down. I fitted the original tamiya floor on the original supperts and with a hole for the crane to see what it looks like. The sub-chassis that I copied for the 2nd 9/1 that I now discarded, supplies the beams to see how the chassis is supposed to look. Mayor setback. The original Bilstein weights 3,5 ton. The crane ground plate is bolted to an almost solid subchassis, and the spaces in between are filled with storage boxes. That's a lot of extra time and the platform is a single sheet of metal! In 35th cale only a mm thick. I need a new floor!



February 25 2016


Well, 3,5 years went by as if they where months. Time to take inventory of where I am and what is wrong. The Tiger modell has a subchassis that has 2 heavy beams attacht to the work floor and 2 blocks on witch the whole construction is supported that sit on the frame. Time to check the original.



October 21 2012


Finnaly, the Bilstein crane. A highly detailed masterpiece. I cleaned it from the casting traces and startet on the inside. There is a seperate kit with all the gears, and the basis lacks it's 2nd cable drum. Okay, just copied it. Iteriour painted.



June 4 2012


There starting to look like Famo's.... About the Tiger model versus the Caliber 35 model, appart from the discussion on the fictional 2nd bench, take a look at the 2 work floors... And I thought I could easily make two. Still it's an awsome machine!



May 5 2012


Frontends are almost ready. Everything is movable, and a couple of additional parts. The tracks and the huge amount of wheels are ready and spray painted in a base colour.



March 28 2011


I intent to build it to mechanical accuracy, and I build two because I promised one and I want one for myself. Both chassis are cleanly put together. Even the smal sink marks and extruder-rings on the inside are gone. Tamiya did a good job. It's a highly accurate modell with only some simplyfications. Onto detailing them. The swiveling frontaxle has shock abserbers that are fixed into a level position. If you swivel the axle you get a (technically) strange result. So I'm making the whole thing functional.


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