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Tamiya 1/35 Jagdpanther Late 

                                                       History

The Jagdpanther (German: “hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service in 1944 during the later stages of the war on the Eastern and Western Fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the armor and suspension of the Panther chassis.

It was planned that production will reach and output of 150 vehicles per month, but the highest output was in January of 1945, when 72 were produced. Overall from December of 1943 to March of 1945, only 392 were produced. The total number of Jagdpanthers produced was a direct result of Allied bomber raids, which caused much destruction and disruption at the two production centers.

The Jagdpanther was armed with excellent, long barrelled 88mm Pak 43/3 L/71 gun (similar to that used on Tiger II) and single 7.92mm MG34 or MG42 machine gun mounted in the same ball mount as Panther Ausf A. The 88mm gun was fitted with Sfl.Z.F.1a (5×8) gun sight and was capable of destroying enemy tanks at ranges of 3000 meters. Both weapons were mounted in a well-sloped frontal plate (80mm at 55 degrees). The main 88mm gun was protected by massive 100mm “saukopf” (pig’s head) type mantlet.

It was powered by a 12 cylinder Maybach HL 230 P30 23.1 liter V12 gasoline engine, which would give it an effective range of 160 km (1000 miles) and a top speed of 46km/h (28.6 mph), making it as fast as contemporary Allied medium tanks such as the M4 Sherman, despite the latter weighing 15.000 kg (33070 lbs) less.

Two main variants can be distinguished, the earlier (1944 model) G1 with a small internally bolted main gun mantlet and a modified Panther A engine deck, and the later (1945 model) G2 with a larger simplified, outside-bolted mantlet and a modified Panther G engine deck, though late G1s also had the larger mantlet. Early Jagdpanthers had two vision openings for the driver, whereas late versions had only one. The main gun originally had a monobloc gun barrel, but later versions were equipped with the Pak 43/4 gun with a two-part barrel.

Jagdpanthers equipped heavy antitank battalions (schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung) and served mainly on the Eastern Front.[1] In the West, they were first encountered in very small numbers late in the Battle of Normandy, where the German 654 schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung (“654th Heavy Antitank Battalion”) deployed about 12 Jagdpanthers against British units. Later, significant numbers were concentrated in the West for the Ardennes Offensive.

 

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Trumpeter 1/35th Scale German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Background

The Sonderkraftfahrzeug 8 (“special motorized vehicle 8”) was a German half-track that saw widespread use in World War II. Its main roles were as a prime mover for heavy towed guns such as the 21 cm Mörser 18, the 15 cm Kanone 18 and the 10.5 cm FlaK 38. Approximately 4,000 were produced between 1938 and 1945. It was used in every campaign fought by the Germans in World War II, notably the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, the Balkans Campaign, the Eastern Front, the North African Campaign, the Battle of Normandy and the Italian Campaign.

All Sd.Kfz.8s were built as artillery tractors with some being converted for other uses after entering service. Most notable were the 10 vehicles with 8.8 cm Flak 18 anti-aircraft guns mounted on pedestals, all these were all built on the DB s8 and DB 9 chassis and not the DB 10 chassis which featured torsion bar suspension and full steel dish front wheels (as depicted in this kit), this differed from earlier DB s8/DB 9 chassis which had leaf spring bogies and open spoke front wheels similar to the 8ton Sd.Kfz.7.
The Sd.Kfz. 8 had a ladder frame chassis.

Power was provided by a Maybach 12-cylinder, water-cooled, 8.52 litre (520 cu in) HL 85 TUKRM gasoline engine of 185 horsepower (188 PS). It had a semi-automatic ZF transmission with four forward and one reverse gears.

German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

German Sd Kfz8 db10 Gepanzerte 12t

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363.

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363.

Dragon 1/35 PzKfpw IV Ausf.D mit 7.5cm KwK 40 L/43 (6330).

Dragon Models 8.8 cm Pak 43 Waffentrager (Kit 6728).

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1/35th German Military Vehicles

The Panzer II was the common name for a family of German tanks used in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen II (abbreviated PzKpfw II). Although the vehicle had originally been designed as a stopgap while more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II, during the Polish and French campaigns. By the end of 1942 it had been largely removed from front line service, and production of the tank itself ceased by 1943.

The Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf c was the final development version of the Panzer II light tank. The biggest change made on this version of the tank was the replacement of the six small paired road wheels of the Ausf a and Ausf b tanks with five larger independently sprung road wheels. The number of return rollers was also increased, from three to four. The Ausf c retained the 13mm armour of the earlier development versions. The new suspension increased the hieght of the tank by 3cm.

Alan, of St. Petersburg, Russia produced this kit. The moldings are fair. Although Alan kits are “short run”, they definitely qualify as being at the top end of “short run” kits, or even the lower end of “mainstream” producers’ kits. While not of “Big T” quality perhaps, with a little care a very attractive miniature can be made from this kit. Tracks are individual-link construction, a big advance over the “rubber band” tracks seen in some “major” producers’ kits. Alan’s 1/35 Panzer II Ausf. C is molded in light gray plastic and includes nicely molded leaf spring suspension units, a photo-etched muffler screen, and markings for 4 vehicles.

This is a neat early war German tank. It should find its way into a lot of collections of German AFVs. I purchased my kit on sale at Hobbytown in Seattle,Wa. When I built this kit, as far as I can remember it went together very nicely. You can still see it spring up on the internet, and still a great bargain.

Finally “cracked open this little nut”. There was a challenge along each step. I will not go into detail,but in my opinion,this kit is totally overrated. Don’t get me wrong it is a beauty,but things just don’t go together as planned. Oh well. Dig these pics.Great detail in the werfers,they were a pain,those fine lines and igniters are the bomb.      

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