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Half-Track Motorcycle
Is it a tank? Is it a motorcycle? Whatever it is, it's giving Indy some serious trouble!
About this creation
My quest for finding quirky, obscure vehicles and machinery that would be perfect for an Indiana Jones setting is a never ending one. I'm always on the lookout for strange contraptions, and I found the Half-Track Motorcyle, or Kettenrad in German, more or less by accident while randomly browsing the interwebz.

The Kettenrad was a small vehicle developed in 1941 for the German Army and Luftwaffe airborne units as a light utility tractor, mostly used for towing the Pak 35/36 anti-aircraft gun. The HK101 system was designed for one driver, positioned in a well just between the two tracks and the engine placed squarely behind him. Two passengers could be carried on the removable rear seat port or resupply items could be carried instead. Upon incurring huge losses on the island of Crete, the Luftwaffe troops now found themselves fighting as a regular army, with little use for their light artillery/ Thusly, the Kettenrad lost its primary role of transporting artillery for the paratroopers and was now instead relegated to be used strictly as a supply tractor.The towing capacity was limited to around 1000 lbs, but the little system could navigate mud, rock, snow and sand in areas where larger machines could not. Few Kettenrads were eventually built, and most were held in reserve for the most difficult of resupply missions.

Now, what interested me the most in the Kettenrad was the fact that it pretty much looked like a crossbreed between a motorcycle and a small tank, while remaining extremely versatile in purpose, making it a pretty cool potential vehicle for an Indiana Jones adventure. The building of the Lego version of the Kettenrad went relatively smooth, mostly because of its small size. However, the size also became somewhat of a handicap as I didn't have a lot of space to work with while trying to keep the dimensions of the machine as close to the real thing as possible.

When I began building the Kettenrad, I already had a design in my mind which featured, simply put, one of the bikes from the Motorcycle Chase set with a frame around it on which I could mount the half-track wheels. After an long battle I finally managed to get the hight measurements of the bike and the frame at the right hight so the wheels could all touch the ground properly, even while shackled in the tracks that I stole from the Hailfire Droid set. After that, the rest was pretty easy. I finished the frame, made some space for a backseat driver, or gunner in this case. In the end, I had no choice but to take some liberties with the dimensions from a practical point of view, but I was still very happy with how it turned out.

When the motorcycle itself was finished, I left it alone for a little while, while I contemplated what to do with it next. During research I found that Kettenrads were mainly used as tractor vehicles for pulling anti-aircraft guns, so I decided to make one of those as well. This turned out to be a real pain in the ass though; with the diagonal winged shield and the pulley bars being the hardest parts to complete. All in all I think I spent about twice as much time on the gun than I did on the Kettenrad itself. Well worth it though, as I think it completes the Half-Track Motorcycle perfectly :)



Damn those backseat drivers!


Aaaaand back to the front again!


What you looking at?


Yet another angled front view, this time with anti-aircraft gun in the background!


Tractor capacity galore!


Say "hi" to my little friend!


Or "bye" in your case, Dr. Jones! (feel free to insert maniacal German laughter here)


Why do I always have to drag this thing uphill?


Let's see... This goes here...


Oh noes! Dr. Jones' horse changed into a motorcycle with a hot chick! (don't ask me how that happened)


Putting the RAM in Rambo!


Hmm, this wasn't supposed to happen, was it? (insert girly scream; from the girl, not from Indy. Indy would never scream like a girl. Unless there were snakes involved, which there are clearly not.)


INGREDIENTS
Star Wars - Hailfire Droid & Spider Droid (7670)
Star Wars - Imperial Star Destroyer (6211)
Star Wars - Jabba's Sail Barge (6210)
Indiana Jones - Motorcycle Chase (7620)
Indiana Jones - Fight on the Flying Wing (7683)
A few loose bricks



Comments

 I made it 
  July 15, 2009
Quoting Mike Bernd Awesome! I love Kettenkrads. Great creation and story, and those atmospheric shots are beautiful. Great work!
Thanks again for the appreciations! Glad you liked it! :)
 I like it 
  July 15, 2009
Awesome! I love Kettenkrads. Great creation and story, and those atmospheric shots are beautiful. Great work!
 I like it 
  April 25, 2009
wery good but can i get the instructions of how you made the gun and the bike?
 I like it 
  April 20, 2009
great kettenkrad!!!
 I made it 
  April 19, 2009
Quoting Indy Ram Creative idea, mind if I use the idea in a few story lines?
Thanks as well! Technically I can't stop you there, but I was kinda sorta planning on doing the same thing, so don't be surprised if we both come up with Indy stories featuring the Kettenrad XD
 I made it 
  April 19, 2009
Quoting Ewen Albright Good, but you should've given the front an ordinary wheel. That's what they look like. Bizzare, yet Indy-ish. Great job.
Thanks man! You know, I tried to find another front wheel, but none of my wheels would fit in the motorcycle frame, so I decided to use the original motorcycle wheel anyway and cover it with brown chain :) Like I said, I had to take some liberties ;)
 I like it 
  April 18, 2009
Creative idea, mind if I use the idea in a few story lines?
 I like it 
  April 17, 2009
Good, but you should've given the front an ordinary wheel. That's what they look like. Bizzare, yet Indy-ish. Great job.
 
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