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"Kubus" Improvised Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Poland (Armia Krajowa – Polish Home Army)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1944
Manufactured by: Chassis: Lilpop, Rau and Lowenstein S.A (Under License); Construction: Polish Home Army
Crew: 1+11
Armament: (1) Soviet 7.62mm Degtyaryov machine gun & (1) K- Pattern flamethrower (Manufactured by the Polish Home Army)
Engine: 6-Cylinder Petrol (Converted to a wood-burning gas generator)
Miscellaneous Info:

"Kubus" was built by the Polish Home Army during the Warsaw uprising of 1944.  Only one vehicle was built and it took only about 13 days to complete.  It was designed as an armored personnel carrier to be used during assaults. The Home Army armored  a 1938 Chevrolet Model 157 3-ton truck and mounted appropriated armor plating found throughout Warsaw.  Although, bravely serving during the uprising it was put out of action within a month. 

 

However, it survived the war, was refurbished and is exhibited at the Muzeum Wojska Polskiego - Warsaw (Museum of the Polish Army).  Also, a replica was built and is exhibited at the Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego (The Warsaw Uprising Museum)

 

The vehicle was named after the deceased wife of the chief engineer of the project. Her nom de guerre, "Kubus" translates to "Little Jacob". But most interestingly, "Kubus Puchatek" is the Polish name for the literary character "Winnie the Pooh".

Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Kubus Improvised Armored Car Photos Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
  Kubus Improvised Armored Car Photo Unknown (Public Domain)

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Kubus Improvised Armored Car Information and Photos Achtung Panzer
Kubus Improvised Armored Car Information and Photos Warsaw Uprising 1944

Printed

Reference Author
"Kubus" Pancerka Powstanzcej Warszawy (Polish Text) Jan Tarzcynski

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Armored Car Kubus Model Kit (GPM002) GPM 1/35 Vacuform and White Metal.
Kubus Armored Car Model Kit (355026) Mirage Hobby 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Kubus Improvised Armored Car Model Kit Tank Models 1/72 Resin
Improvised Armored Car “Kubus” Model Kit (35016) Toro Model 1/35 Resin.
Improvised Armored Car “Kubus” Model Kit (48012) Toro Model 1/48 Resin
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Kubus Wheel Set (HSR35129) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider