Sd.Ah. 115 10 ton trailer from Das Werk

Well here is where I am as of tonight:
Painted and weathered - don’t know it I am done with the weathering but I am for the moment.

Anyone have advice on doing better looking oil stains?

Top View:

(p.s. I’m the kind of modeling nut that details, paints and weathers even the parts you might not be able to see.)

The Underside:


Scratch built 115 put together some years ago by my good friend Monte Kelch of Cincinnati.
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Just an Observation Here:

Das Werk gives you four different hand cranks with this kit; two large and two small. However unless your scale model crewmen were actually in the process of jacking up/down the trailer, or tying down a vehicle load, these cranks are NOT captive and would be in keep-safe stowage. They are removable and are going to be stored somewhere in a locked toolbox so they don’t get lost.

If these cranks where to be misplaced the trailer would be totally out of commission and useless.

Just an observation for folks considering a diorama. If you were planning a loading/unloading scenario these handles should be visible, but if you were planning on posing this trailer “on the move” these crank handles would be nowhere to be seen.

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Those Hand Cranks:

(Photo property of Historical Media 2011 - used here for discussion and research purposes ONLY)

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Incredible1 Thank you so much for this non AFV. This is wonderful

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Thank you John -

For me Softskins, including Trailers, will always be my “thing”.

(Search my name in the archives and you will see.)

Website showing modern restoration of a late war (without winch) Sd. Ah. 115:


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@165thspc Wow, that scratch built model trailer and the restored real one are both awesome! It’s amazing that just a trailer can stir up so much interest.

OK – I know this will be considered gross overkill . . . .
. . . . . . . . but hey, it’s me!

I said earlier that I thought the Germans had switched to a larger tire, late war, on the 115, especially on the rear. Well while going thru my spares bin looking for other parts for this build I stumbled upon a set of 4 somewhat larger tires that still fit the rims on the 115.

I have alsolutely no idea what model truck these came off of but I am going with them! (Since the rear axle has no suspension it won’t matter that the fenders will have tighter clearances around these tires - as long as the tires don’t rub.

Original kit tires on the left. New larger rear tires on the right.

p.s. - The correct wheels for this trailer should have ten lug nuts not 6 - the rim would be riveted to the wheel center and that center should have only two cutouts rather than the six seen here.

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Canmedic - I guess I would have been the “supply guy” in your story.

Well there is still some additional detailing I want to do to that upper deck and to the spare tire area. I also would like to improve my abilities to make realistic “oil stains”. In any case I am calling this one done for now!

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Off Topic
Question: Has there been an absence of military soft skin and supply type vehicles appearing on this site since my departure?

So many people have been commenting here as to being surprised that a “trailer” is sparking such interest - it makes me wonder.

If so I am sure I can help rectify the situation.

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I even do horse drawn “Trailers” / Caissons / Limbers on occasion. (Work in Process)

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On that same trailer related note:
Off Topic

I am sure everyone is already aware of Das Werk offering their 1/35th scale model of the standard issue German 5 ton military trailer. If anyone is out there building an unarmed Blitz, Ford, Mercedes, Bussing-Nag or Auto Union freight truck then one of these trailers really should be following close behind.

My own kit-bashed Italeri Opel Blitz 4x4 truck and 5 ton trailer, also kit-bashed.
(Built many years ago before such modern and more accurate models were available.)

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Now that you mention the Einheitsanhänger …

I don’t know that it’s an absence per se, @thathaway3 recently rebuilt his entire FA Battalion with I think at least 5 heavily scratch built trailers and the trucks to move them.

I think you’ve just taken the time to put a lot of love and attention into a unique and occasionally overlooked subject when compared to the greater modelling world and people appreciate that.

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Thanks, Don, but you’re giving me way too much credit! It wasn’t the entire battalion, which would have busted just about ANY bank account, and a spare house to store everything! My plan was to build at least one of every TYPE of vehicle in the battalion (with a couple of exceptions) and at the same time demonstrate that these vehicles and the support they provide are absolutely crucial to the mission of the unit.

Like Mike, I enjoy building these work horse vehicles that are often overlooked but are so important.

The full thread is here:

(Is it any wonder that I’m also a bass player???)

BTW, I’ve been out of the country for the last few weeks, but I’m back in my workshop, so more WIP photos to follow soon!

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Ok yes I exaggerated slightly. Still bloody impressive though! I’m excited to watch you continue the saga.

The Devil is in the Details:

(Thanks very much Frenchy for this reference photo which I did not have previously! - WOW)

  • The red arrows indicate the cranking points used to tighten the load lock turnbuckles. (These are included in the Das Werk kit.)
  • The blue arrow indicates what I surmise to be the cranking point for the manual winch. (This detail is NOT covered in the DW kit.)
  • The red square is what I surmise to be the brake air control valve: "E-brake-Locked, Load Weight-Empty, Load Weight-Full. (This detail is NOT covered in the DK kit.)
  • Finally, the blue oval indicates the opening where a powered winch cable from another vehicle (such as the towing halftrack) can be threaded into, then between the manual winch and tool box, into the trailer’s own fairlead to pull a damaged vehicle onto the trailer. *(This detail is nicely covered in the DW kit.)



Relative to that control valve as mentioned above: Here is a very poor image scan found on line from the actual 115 technical manual showing these various brake components"

  • #1, Air tank.
  • #2. Brake Action Control Valve.
  • #3. Brake Actuators/Cylinders.
  • #4. Assorted other air regulator valves.



This image shows a powered winch cable from another vehicle (out of the photo to the left) being employed to pull a damaged tank onto the 115 trailer.



Another head end image of the trailer. *(Unfortunately some of the equipment we are interested in has been partly cropped out.)

  • The blue square and arrow indicates what I surmise to be the manual winch crank linkage.
  • The white arrow would be the path of an auxiliary winch cable (from another powered vehicle) used to pull a damaged tank onto the trailer.

Note some sort of white warning label on the left and right front corners of the trailer.