Deployment Modes of Karl and Kits

Various parts of Karl must be set up according to its state, such as firing, running on the road, and being transported on the railway. Currently available Karl kits may or may not reproduce these features correctly.

There are four distinctive deployment modes of Karl.

  • (A) Automotive/Running mode: running on its own engine, in order to move into the firing position.
  • (B) Operation/Firing mode: ready to load, aim, and fire.
  • (C) Railway Transport mode: transported on the specifically designed railway transport carriers.
  • (D) Road Transport mode: disassembled and transported on Culemeyer Trailers.

There are several features related to the deployment modes: suspension, cradle, and side decks. The suspension is enabled and suspension arms are lowered when Karl is running. It is disabled and the suspension arms are raised when firing, or in transport modes. Karl has a double recoil system; the cradle is in the rear-most position (the "front" of Karl is opposite to the gun muzzle), and the entire cradle recoils towards the front when the gun is fired. The cradle is released from recuperators, and locked, while running or being transported on the railway. The side decks are unfolded when firing, and folded when in transport. They may or may not be folded when Karl is running on its own.

Table 1 summarises the state of these features and the deployment modes.

Table 1: Deployment Modes and External Features
(1) Suspension (2) Cradle Position (3) Side Decks
Enabled
(lowered)
Disabled
(raised)
Firing Position Released Unfolded Folded
Impossible combination   
Impossible combination   
(A) Automotive mode   
   
(B) Operation mode   
Impossible combination   
Impossible combination   
(C) Railway Transport mode   
(D) Road Transport mode Cradle is removed✓ † 
  ✓ †
†: side decks are folded during transport?

Table 2 summarises buildable deployment modes in available kits. Note that "modification" in this table refers to necessary "fix" to make the above features consistent with the deployment modes. The kit may or may not require further correction or detail up to make an accurate model of Karl.

Table 2: Kits and Buildable Modes
Notes: can be made from kit parts
requires slight modification
requires major modification
Manufacturer Kit Suspension Cradle Position Side Decks Buildable Modes Notes
(A)(B)(C)(D)
CMK/
Air Model
1/35
RA001, RA004
Disabled Selectable Unfolded  Fold side decks for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes. Remove the gun barrel and cradle for (D) Road Transport mode.
Mini Art 1/35
ASP 3501
Disabled Selectable Unfolded  (Fold side decks for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes. Remove the gun barrel and cradle for (D) Road Transport mode.
Dragon 1/35
6179 60cm Karl
Disabled Selectable Unfolded  Fold side decks for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes. Remove the gun barrel and cradle for (D) Road Transport mode. Use 6179X for (A) Automotive mode.
Dragon 1/35
6181 54cm Loki
Enabled Selectable Unfolded      
Dragon 1/35
6179X 60cm Karl
Selectable Selectable Unfolded Fold side decks for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes. Remove the gun barrel and cradle for (D) Road Transport mode.
Dragon 1/35
9129 54cm Loki
Selectable Selectable Unfolded Fold side decks for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes. Remove the gun barrel and cradle for (D) Road Transport mode.
Dragon 1/35
61009 60cm Moerser "Ziu" Geraet 040 Combat Mode
Disabled Selectable Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/35
61010 54cm Moerser "Loki" Geraet 041 Running Mode
Enabled Selectable Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/35
61012 60cm Moerser "Loki" Geraet 041 Running Mode
Enabled Selectable Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/35
61013 54cm Moerser "Thor" Geraet 041 Combat Mode
Disabled Selectable Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Trumpeter 1/35 00208
8-wheel chassis, w/railway carriers
Selectable Selectable Selectable Any modes can be built from the kit.
Trumpeter 1/35 00209
11-wheel chassis, w/railway carriers
Selectable Selectable Selectable Any modes can be built from the kit.
Trumpeter 1/35 00205
wo/railway carriers
Selectable Selectable Selectable Any modes can be built from the kit. Contains both the 8-wheel and 11-wheel chassis.
Gaso.Line 1/48
GASSPE01K
Super Mortier 60cm Karl Geraet
Disabled Selectable Unfolded  Fold side decks for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes. Remove the gun barrel and cradle for (D) Road Transport mode. It is difficult to build (A) Automotive mode, by modifying the running gear.
Hasegawa 1/72
No.32 8-wheel chassis, w/railway carriers
Disabled Released Folded   Includes railway transport carriers. Unfold side decks and correct the cradle position for (B) Operation mode (side deck parts may be picked up from the kit No.33). Remove the gun barrel and the cradle for (D) Railway Transport mode. (A) Automotive mode is represented by the kit No.33.
Hasegawa 1/72
No.33 8-wheel chassis, w/munitionsschlepper
Enabled Released Unfolded      
Hasegawa 1/72
MT56 11-wheel chassis, w/munitionsschlepper
Enabled Released Unfolded      
Hasegawa 1/72
MT57 11-wheel chassis, w/railway carriers
Disabled Released Folded   Includes railway transport carriers. Unfold side decks and correct the cradle position for (B) Operation mode (side deck parts may be picked up from the kit MT56). Remove the gun barrel and the cradle for (D) Railway Transport mode. (A) Automotive mode is represented by the kit MT56.
Hobby Boss 1/72
82904 8-wheel chassis
Enabled Selectable Unfolded      
Hobby Boss 1/72
82905 11-wheel chassis
Enabled Selectable Unfolded      
Trident 1/87
87030 Geraet 040,
87031 Geraet 041
Enabled Selectable Unfolded      
Artitec 1/87
80109 Geraet 040,
80110 Geraet 041, 80111 ݎԕt
Enabled Selectable Unfolded      
Atelier Inifinite 1/144
G005 Geraet 040,
G006 Geraet 040,
G007 Geraet 041
Disabled Released Unfolded     Correct the cradle position for (B) Operation mode. Use G019, G020, G021 for (A) Automotive mode. Use G016, G017, G018 for (C) Railway Transport mode.
Atelier Inifinite 1/144
w/railway carriers
G016 Geraet 040,
G017 Geraet 040,
G018 Geraet 041
Disabled Released Folded   Include railway tranport carriers. Remove the gun barrel and the cradle for (D) Road Transport mode. Use G019, G020, G021 for (A) Automotive mode. Use G005, G006, G007 for (B) Operation mode.
Atelier Inifinite 1/144
Automotive mode
G019 Geraet 040,
G020 Geraet 040,
G021 Geraet 041
Enabled Released Folded     Use G005, G006, G007 for (B) Operation mode. Use G016, G017, G018 for (C) Railway Transport and (D) Road Transport modes.
Metal Troops 1/144 Disabled Released Folded   Remove the gun barrel and the cradle for (D) Road Transport mode. Use MT-8008 for (A) Automotive mode.
Metal Troops 1/144 MT-8008 Enabled Released Unfolded     Use the above kit for (B) Operation mode.
Metal Troops
(Soar Art)
1/144 MT-6018 Enabled Released Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/144
14501 Panzer Korps 5 54cm Moeser "Loki" + Artillery Crew
Enabled Selectable Unfolded     11-wheel chassis (Nr.III`VI)
Dragon 1/144
14502 Panzer Korps 6 60cm Moeser "Odin" + Artillery Crew
Disabled Selectable Unfolded     11-wheel chassis (Nr.III`VI)
Dragon 1/144
14507 Panzer Korps 7 54cm Moeser "Thor" + Pz.Beob.Wg.III Ausf.H
Disabled Selectable Unfolded     11-wheel chassis (Nr.III`VI)
Dragon 1/144
14508 Panzer Korps 8 60cm Moeser "Ziu" + Pz.Beob.Wg.V Ausf.G
Enabled Selectable Unfolded     11-wheel chassis (Nr.III`VI)
Dragon 1/144
14509: Panzer Korps 27 Moerser Karl + Railway Transport Carrier
Disabled Selectable Folded    11-wheel chassis (Nr.III`VI), w/railway transport carrier.
Dragon 1/144
14510: Panzer Korps 28 Moerser Karl + Munitionsschelepper auf Panzer IV
Selectable Selectable Unfolded    8-wheel chassis (Nr.I`II)
Dragon 1/144
20027 Geraet 040/041 "Loki"
Enabled Firing Position Unfolded     Assembled and painted model. The suspension is in (A) Automotive mode, but the cradle is in (B) Operation mode.
Dragon 1/144
20027 Geraet 040/041 "Odin"
Disabled Firing Position Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/144
20027 Geraet 040/041 "Thor"
Disabled Firing Position Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/144
20027 Geraet 040/041 "Ziu"
Enabled Firing Position Unfolded     Assembled and painted model. The suspension is in (A) Automotive mode, but the cradle is in (B) Operation mode.
Dragon 1/144
20139A 60cm Mortar "Odin" w/Railway Transporter
Disabled Released Folded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/144
20139B 60cm Mortar "Thor" w/Railway Transporter
Disabled Released Folded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/144
20140A 60cm Mortar "Adam"
Enabled Released Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Dragon 1/144
20140A 60cm Mortar "Eva"
Enabled Released Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
Trumpeter 1/144
00101
Enabled Released Unfolded      
Easy Model (Trumpeter) 1/144
34900 Moerser Karl-Geraet 040 Ziu
34902 Moerser Karl-Geraet 040 Oden
Enabled Released Unfolded     Assembled and painted model.
GHQ 1/285
G156
Enabled Selectable Unfolded      
Heroics & Ros 1/300
G75
Disabled ? Unfolded      
Pit Road 1/700
MW-13
Disabled Released (Omitted)    Include railway transport carriers. Remove the gun barrel and the cradle for (D) Road Transport mode.
Note: In order to build the accurate railway transport mode, the recuperator above the gun barrel needs to be removed in many kits.

Table 2 shows that some kits cannot be made into any valid deployment mode out of the box.


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