Germanys first selfpropelled anti tank gun
...the 1/35 model by Tony Watts Germany - World War 2
|Tony Watts||09/11/2009 19:31:09|
1352 forum posts
With the Hummel completed and needing a break from painting I took this one out of the stash thinking it would be a simple quick build. Boy have I been surprised because it has not been that simple nor that quick mainly because of the anti tank gun.
You're looking at 57 parts to complete this little feller.
I'm getting a little ahead of myself here so more on this after some background history.
Designed by Alkett in 1939 using the captured Austrian Bohler 47mm gun and put into production in 1940. With the advances in enemy armor protection, production was halted in early 1943 after a run of 202 units.
Weight--6.4 tons with a crew of three.
Power--Maybach 100hp 3.8 liter 6cyl
Range--140 kilometers/87 miles
Top speed--40 kilometers/25 mph
Was not considered a very good cross country machine.
Saw service in France,North Africa and Russia.
The Alkett models had a 5 sided casement but Skoda added a 7 sided casement for added crew protection later. The Panzerjager 1s armor protection was very weak and even a near miss would send sharpnel bouncing around the inside. The only reason it stayed around so long was due to the fact the gun was very accurate and effective on up to 2inch armor plate to 600 meters with a maximum effective range of 1500 meters.
Enough of that,lets get started shall we.
This is one more excellent kit and has the Italeri kit beat hands down i'm told. Step 1 is the usual wheel and suspension assembly with only minor clean up.
From here on out I just skipped around building sub-assemblies so bear with me. To make sure the rear hull plate would fit snug and square with the engine cover later, I dry fitted the upper hull unit and the already assembled engine cover with tape and then glued the rear plate in place to the lower hull only.
While you're here,you see that bar that's installed between the axle housings?
Well someone at DML forgot the holes it goes in and also failed to mention in the instructions that you need to drill out those holes. They are already there on the inside of those housing so all you need to do is finish drilling them out BEFORE you glue the housings to the hull.
End of Part #1
Edited By Tony Watts on 09/11/2009 19:34:08
|Peter Varga :)||09/11/2009 19:39:44|
46 forum posts
It looks interesting and very cute!
I'll be watching this one!
|Michael McLaughlin||09/11/2009 19:47:28|
5585 forum posts
Glad to see this one being built
Nice bit of history and a very tidy build so far
Keep up thre good work
|Robin Buckland||09/11/2009 20:15:36|
15508 forum posts
Neat and interesting start to the new build, and a nice SP comparison to the bigger Hummel.
|Craig Hiscock||09/11/2009 20:19:03|
17650 forum posts
I have the slightly older Italeri version in the stash with a little bit of etch to go with it, somehow i think this one will be a little better Looking forward to seeing the outcome Tony.
|Ian Robinson||09/11/2009 20:23:11|
10586 forum posts
Soft spot for tiny panzers so will be watching your progress with much interest
|Tony Watts||09/11/2009 20:58:14|
1352 forum posts
Hi guys, pull up a chair and welcome.
This is the only known Panzerjager 1 in existence today located in Koblenz Germany. It was captured in late 1942 near El Alamein. If you would like to see more go here:
The drivers compartment is another unit that can be built as a separate assembly from the floor up. There are three ammo boxes,a large one on to the right of the driver and two on the rear bulkhead. The larger one is a tight fit so i'm not going to install it till the completed floor unit is in place and painted. I'll also wait to install the two at the rear until the gun mount is in place so the lids don't interfere with it in the open position. These two bins also serve as seats for the other two crew members.
|Tony Watts||09/11/2009 21:46:44|
1352 forum posts
We're on a roll now boys,here's where the really fun stuff comes in.
The transporter part of this kit is pretty much what you would expect from a tank build but the 47mm Pak is a whole new experience for me and only enforces my feelings about never building a 1/72nd model.
As I told you at the beginning of this blog the gun is made up of 57 parts 60 if you count the mount base. I recommend that anyone with a short fuse not buy this kit not because of the parts count,assembly is not really that difficult but cleaning the nibs and seams without breaking or loosing the microscopic components is a killer. I used every harsh word I could think of and almost put this whole thing back in the box at least half a dozen times.
When complete it's well worth the effort so hold on to a positive attitude and get er done.
Ooooppps what do we have here?
|Mick Dore||09/11/2009 21:53:35|
1743 forum posts
Tony this is a superb looking kit packed with detail, great work so far
I have a couple of Roden 1/72 pak 40's they have 70 parts
|Peter Varga :)||09/11/2009 22:01:59|
46 forum posts
Hey Tony, see the address in the top right corner? That's the town where I'm from!
Good progress BTW...
Keep it up Tony
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