Massimo Santarossa follows his own path when building Roden’s 1/72 Vomag omnibus chassis, fitted with an 8.8cm Flak for Chancellor protection duties.
German vehicle producer Vomag started as an industrial knitting machine manufacturer in 1881. It wasn’t until World War One that it started making trucks for the German Army, becoming one of the most important armament producers by the war’s end. In the period of peace that followed, the firm expanded its market share by producing buses and trucks for civil use. In 1940, Vomag was tasked with a unique order from the Wehrmacht, to produce a mobile anti-aircraft vehicle capable of transporting the 7 tonne, 88mm Flak 36 gun. Due to its low frame, a three-axle bus chassis was chosen as the base vehicle. Along with transporting the gun, the truck also carried communications gear, 72 rounds of ammunition and the crew, which were protected in bad weather by a retractable tarpaulin cover.