Category: small panzers

Painting and Weathering

In these photos of the finished Flammpanzer, I’m showing the various shades of MIG  Pigments,Washes, and Abteilung MIG 502 German Armor Tones Set.(ABT 300). I primarily used the Faded Grey(Abt100) and German Grey Highlight  (Abt170). The base coat that I use is Model Master Enamel Railroad  Colors (Grey). This was my first time at using the MIG 502 Armor Tones to this extent. It was fun experimenting with them. They make a great wash as well as for highlights. I am very impressed with the outcome of this project. I think I will do some late three camo  patterns on my next panzer. Information on the unit is vague. I believe it was involved on the Eastern Front.


The flamethrower tank known as the original and official name Panzerflammwagen or Panzer (F). Later renamed the Panzer II (Flamingo). All of the above names were the same special vehicle identification, Sd.Kfz.122. The trolley design began in 1939, the beginning of the year. The substrate was responsible for the design of MAN and the tower was part of Daimler-Benz’s responsibility.

As a result, the vehicle on each front wing was installed independently operate small flamethrower towers, which was the turning radius of 180 degrees at 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock noon. Both flamethrower was mudguards my 160 liter oil tank, which allowed the two to three-second firing of the flame for about 80 times. The oil was used for lighting the flame of acetylene and the shooting of the force required to obtain nitrogen, for which the car was 4 pcs cylinders. Middle-defense for the wagon in the tower dome was one pcs MG34 machine guns. Machine sight of a rifle was set to 200 meters, and ammunition were a total of 1800 pieces. wagon weighed 12 tons and had a crew of three.

Armor was 30 mm at the front and the sides and back 14.5 mm. Armor was sufficient to less than 25 mm anti-tank weapons than 600 meters stretch and less than 8 mm ammunition armor was sufficient at all distances. April 1939, was given the command vehicle manufacturing itself to start, and as the primary platform was chosen, therefore, MAN made Panzer II D of the platform, which was a Maybach HL 62 water-cooled six-cylinder and 6.2-liter engine.

Two series of Flammpanzer II were ordered. The O-series, or Ausf A, was built before May 1940 and February 1941. It was followed by an order for 150, the Ausf B, with only minor changes. Only 65 of these were completed before production was cancelled in March 1942. Of this total of 155, 43 were produced by converting existing Panzer II Ausf D fuselages.

The Flammpanzer II entered service on the Russian front in June 1941. Two flame-thrower battalions were formed, but the type was not a success. The combination of highly flammable and thin armour was not ideal, and the units suffered heavy casualties. They were withdrawn early in 1942, and the surviving fuselages were converted to 7.62cm PaK (r) (Sd Kfz 132)   


Painting,Wash,and Pigments

The project is complete.I used Humbrol Enamel Light Grey for the basecoat. I used MIG washes,pigments, MIG 502 abteilung oils from the German Armor Tones Oilset. I used  Dark Grey for the chipping. The markings used are for the 5./1.Pz.Gren. Div. “LAH”,Kharkov 1943.

Here are several shots of the construction process of Dragon’s Panzer II Ausf.F. This kit is very precise with it’s beautiful details such as it’s clean weld beads. The links are “Magic Track”,which to me was a snap to assemble, but just remember to handle them carefully because of their size.
The leaf springs in this kit are the same as that included in the Marder II kit. As most will know the suspension springs on the Marder II were wider to take the additional weight while those on the Panzer II were the original narrower leaf springs which is noticable in 1:35 scale for those concerned with accuracy.The major issue with the drive sprockets supplied in that they only have 25 drive teeth when the actual sprocket has 26 drive teeth but there is little you can do about this other to live with the incorrect sprockets unless someone want’s to make resin replacements with the 26 drive teeth. Added to the fenders are the various storage boxes and pioneer tools which have separate etched brackets and clips for good detail definition with the four part jack having a choice of plastic or etched mounting brackets depending if you want a quick build or more finer detail.The interior of the gun tank is not as visible as with the Marder II but Dragon still gives you a fairly comprehensive interior with some parts such as the forward vision ports and rear bulkheads added to the underside of the upper hull.
The transmission assembly is in ten parts that go together without any problems with the brake drums in multiple parts with good details added into the lower tub as are with additional gear levers and the driver’s seat, foot pedals added to the separate floor panel with fine tread plate pattern for a very busy interior.
The side engine bulkhead is in five main wall parts with additional smaller items and the main parts fit together without any problems as do most of the smaller details but watch the parts J37, J38 as there are no locating pins for these and you have to cut off a couple of small bolt heads for part J38 to sit flush.
The two part air cleaner has additional etched mounting brackets added but watch the lower bracket (part MA30) as this has to be bent “away” from the engraved bend lines and not “into” them as is the normal procedure for etched parts. If you bend these the “wrong” way they will break off when bending back the other way due to the thin metal so ensure you bend them the correct way first time, which is with the triangular indent for part MA25 facing outwards.
All the sub-assemblies go together without any real problems and also fit neatly into the lower tub and of course there is scope for adding finer details for those wanting the detail up the kit further.
The small equipment boxes and radio located on the tub side walls have straightforward assembly but need care when fitting as its location is not clearly marked as mentioned and fitting after the floor has been fitted should make it easier to line up. The turret is packed with parts, which is surprising when one considers how small it really is. The 2 cm is complete and the model uses a complete MG-34 from the generic German weapons sets. This comes with the ground mount for the bipod and ground sights, which appear to be removed prior to installation and that makes sense. Alas, the directions do not indicate making that adjustment, so anyone who fails to do so will have a major problem in assembly. There are 72 parts in this assembly alone. For the cable I used twine,and cable ends that I had laying around. I went ahead and improvised my own “jerry can”rack,with photo etched parts. The front glacis plate track rack,was cut from a photo etched fret. At this point I am very satisfied with the progress. One more note when installing the transmission,make sure it fits all the way in place or everything at that point will not fall into place.  

Panzer III was the common name of a medium tank that was developed in the 1930s by Germany and was used extensively in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen III Sd Kfz. 141 (abbreviated PzKpfw III) translating as “armoured fighting vehicle”. It was intended to fight other armoured fighting vehicles and serve alongside the infantry-supporting Panzer IV. However, as the Germans faced the formidable T-34, stronger anti-tank guns were needed. Since the Panzer IV had a bigger turret ring, the role was reversed. The Panzer IV mounted the long barreled 7.5 cm KwK 40 gun and engaged in tank-to-tank battles. The Panzer III became obsolete in this role and for most purposes was supplanted by the Panzer IV. From 1942, the last version of Panzer III mounted the 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24, better suited for infantry support. Production of the Panzer III ended in 1943. However, the Panzer III’s capable chassis provided hulls for the Sturmgeschütz III until the end of the war.

The Ausf J was the first model of the series to have the armour protection increased to a basic 50mm. An initial order for 900 was later increased to 2700 and assigned a second chassis number series.

The increase to 50mm of the main front and rear surface armour, necessitated newly-designed fittings. An improved for the driver was fitted, together with a new ball-shaped hull machinegun mount. Single-piece access hatches in the glacis, hinged at the front, were fitted in place of the double-hatch. Newly-designed air intakes for brake and final-drive cooling were mounted on the upper hull front. The smoke-cradle rack was re-positioned and mounted inside the redesigned upper tail plate, for additional armour protection. From April 1942, 20mm spaced armour was added to the gun mantlet and/or superstructure front.

The Ausf J with the 5 cm KwK L/42 were used to equip the 2nd and 5th Panzer Division, and an independent Panzer regiment, which were sent as reinforcements to Russia in September 1941. The remainders were used to replace the loss of approximately 1400 Pz Kpfw III during the first year of fighting Russia and North Africa. At the start of the summer campaign on the Eastern front in June 1942, approximately 500 Pz Kpfw III (5cm KwK L/42) were with the Panzer divisions at the front. A year later, at the start of the offensive at Kursk, there were still 141 with Army Groups Centre and South.

Dragon Kit No. 9054,came with the Borgward IV Ausf.B.It was officially designated Schwerer Ladungsträger Borgward B IV (heavy explosive carrier Borgward B IV), and was a German remote-controlled demolition vehicle used in World War II.

As far as the kit goes, I remember it went together very nicely. Cyber Hobby/Dragon now has an updated version of this kit Cyber Hobbyies Kit No. CHC6510. And of course it has been retooled. And that should be a joy to build.

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.

On September 15th, 1939, the German Army Weapons Branch of the Nazi Reich called for a new general reconnaissance vehicle. According to the contract, Man built the chassis and hull and Daimler Benz constructed the turret. The prototype of the tank appeared in mild steel in mid-1942, under the development number VK 1303 and successfully completed trials at the proving ground. However, some modifications were necessary in order to equip the vehicle for the rough terrain of the Eastern Front. The tank was equipped with a powerful long and short wave wireless for communication. It’s 20mm automatic gun and 7.92 mm machine-gun was standard equipment for German light tanks. A tank commander, gunner, driver and wireless operator formed the crew.

The powerful engine and comparatively low combat weight was a positive feature of the tank. The chassis (designed by Kniekampf) had good cross-country capability, which was especially important in the lack of road conditions on the Eastern Front.

Because of certain similarity between the Pz.Kpfw. V “Panther” and the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. L, the light tank was named after a smaller natural predator “Luchs” (Lynx). The serial-built tanks were given the designation Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. L “Luchs” (Sd.Kfz. 123).

Serial production lasted from the end of 1942 to the beginning of 1944, with 133 tanks being produced in total. 116 tanks were assembled by MAN and the remaining 18 by Henschel.

The “Luchs” was commissioned into the armored reconnaissance units of 3, 4, 6 and 116 Wehrmacht Tank Divisions (Pz. Div.) and the 3rd SS Tank Division (3rd Pz.Div. SS “Totenkopf”). The “Luchs” first went into action on October 25th, 1943 in the Ukraine. On that day, Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. L tanks, commanded by Hauptmann Kelsch of 2nd Company 4th Tank Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Tank Division, were deployed against soviet partisans in the Kiev region, near Chernobyl. In May 1945, the 4th Tank Division possessed seven Pz.kpfw. II Ausf. L’s in combat condition.

The “Luchs” was deployed on the Eastern Front, Italy, Normandy and in Germany during the final months of the Nazi Reich, gaining positive ratings from their crews.

ICM kits are typical of most eastern european kits. It has individual tracks and a multi piece lower hull. Unlike Tamiya kits that come with a pre made hull. Detail is fair to soft and could use some sprucing up. There are some dimensional innacuracies but overall I think its a good kit for a fairly new modeller. It has some challenges but with some patience it will build into a respectable model. If you wanted to improve it there is a very comprehensive pe detail set by Aber available.

I enjoyed building this kit, out of the box, when it first was released ,I believe around 1999 or 2000 . I had no really terrible problems with it, and the multi piece lower hull fitted together with no major problem, as with the indidvidual  track links. The welds were weak on the turret,so I added my own with Squadron white putty,and a putty applicator. The instruction sheet offers five painting and marking schemes.  For extras I added Jaguar resin equipment,which complemented the exterior. I used Testors enamels,Winsor and Newton Oils for the wash,and pastel chalks.

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