German Motorcycle and Sidecar WWII

This is the 1/48 Scale German Motorcycle and Sidecar Plastic Model Kit from the Tamiya Military Miniature Series. Suitable for Ages 14 & Older.

Tamiya German Motorcycle and Sidecar WWII Plastic Model Motorcycle Kit 1/48 Scale #32578
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
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"Nice kit"
Rhodesian Infantry (USA)
I like this kit. It has good clean modling with no flash and strong details. It includes a k98 rifle, mg-34 and mp40 smg, motorcycle, sidecar and two figures. It has decals for either an Eastern front German gray model or an Afrikakorps Dark Yellow version. That is about it. I bought this kit to put in a Operation Barbarossa diorama where it passes a broken down kv2 tank in 1941.

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in tan.
  • Sturdy frame and flat twin engine accurately replicated.
  • Choose from standard and large air cleaner parts.
  • Driver and passenger figures included.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.


  • Scale: 1/48


One plastic model

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"Quick fun build"
Very fun kit to build, didn't need any cleaning up of pieces, sprue's were strong with a place to hold it whilst you paint. A lot smaller than one would expect but after all, it is to scale. Has instructions for two paint and two build schemes. One is eastern Europe, a german grey and feild grey mix: and Tunisia Africa, a dark yellow Afrika corps mix. The build variations include a larger air filter (really just a large piece glued on the top of the gas tank), and a side car with either a mount and an MG42, or a regular sidecar with space for the gunner to hold an MP40. It also has various misc items which include a blanket and what I presume is a round container of some kind that you can put either on the front of the side car, or into of the back tire. Has a different decal for three different license plates, a decal for a strip of white paint to place alongside the wheel fender of the car, and a two different decals for side car emblems (show the division of the motorcycle) Overall would rate very high on a scale of 1 - 10. A 9.5 to be honest. I will be buying another one.

"Fun and Entertaining Kit!!!"
hillboys768 (Pocatello, ID)
Despite its small stature this kit is an absolute pleasure to build. In finishing if you're looking for a quick and unusual kit (its small stature) this is what you're looking for.

"1/48 German motorcycle"
Thomasmfarronjr (Ballston Spa, NY)
I haven't build this kit yet. Very small but that's expected for this scale. I'm using this kit as part of a diorama I'm building. I recommend this kit if you have a reason for this scale kit. It's a nice kit with plenty of parts to build optional models.


  • One decal sheet with markings for 2 versions
  • 1) 24th Panzer Division, Eastern Front, 1942
  • 2) 5th Parachute Regiment, Tunisia, 1943


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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