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"Tank Gallery 17"

The following Photographs have been donated by Battlefrontmodels Customers they range from basic customised RC tanks to heavily modified models, if you would like to submit a project to the Tank Gallery please email us at the Battlefront HQ for details.

 Battle Damaged Brummbar

Sent in by Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK

 A Rare model from Peter this Brumbar is built from a Pz4 Chassis and a Welsh Dragon Citidal kit with Zimmerire added by Peter we like the Signal Magazine touch and the lookout soldier with the Tellermine.

Brummbar A Brief History

The Sturmpanzer IV was a development of the Panzer VI tank designed to provide direct infantry fire support, especially in urban areas. The result was the Sturmpanzer IV, which used a Panzer IV chassis with the upper hull and turret replaced by a new casemate-style armored superstructure housing a new gun, the 15 centimetres (5.9 in) Sturmhaubitze (StuH) 43 L/12 developed by Skoda. It fired the same shells as the 15cm SiG 33 heavy infantry gun. Thirty-eight rounds, with separate propellant cartridges, could be carried. It used the Sfl.Zf. 1a sight. A MG34 machine gun was carried that could be fastened to the open gunner's hatch, much like the arrangement on the Sturmegeshutz III Ausf. G. Early vehicles carried a MP40 sub-machine gun inside, which could be fired through firing ports in the side of the superstructure.

The driver's station projected forward from the sloped frontal armor plate and used the Tiger 1's Fahrersehklappe 80 driver's sight. The fighting compartment was (badly) ventilated by natural convection, exiting out the rear of the superstructure through two armored covers. Sideskirts were fitted on all vehicles.

Early vehicles were too heavy for the chassis, which lead to frequent breakdowns of the suspension and transmission. Efforts were made to ameliorate this from the second series onwards, with some success.

In October 1943 it was decided that the StuH 43 gun needed to be redesigned to reduce its weight. A new version, some 800 kilograms (1,800 lb) lighter than the StuH 43, was built as the StuH 43/1. Some of the weight was saved by reducing the armor on the gun mount itself. This gun was used from the third production series onwards

\Zimmerite coating was applied to all vehicles until September 1944

Catching up on Signal Magazine.

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If you would like a model just like this why not contact  Peter Symonds on

 http://www.precision-panzer.moonfruit.com

 

'' Panzer IV Desert ''

by Michael Dady - Nottingham UK

Dear Battlefrontmodels

Here are a few pictures of my heavily
converted Heng Long Pz.iv f1. It is depicted with it’s original 'factory' base
coat of 'dunkelgelb' It is reported that a number of Pz.iv’s were 'rushed'
straight from the factory to the fronts... and went into action with their
original factory colour which was German dark yellow (dunkelgelb)
The main gun on this model recoils as it should ie... the end section
only recoils into the barrel! Plus you will notice that the ‘horrendous’
Heng Long mantlet plate has also been corrected!   

regards Michael Dady  

 

Sturmgeshultz III   'STuG III'

Sent in by Andrew Freebury of Newport S. Wales.

Andrew has done an expert job of adding Battlefrontmodels Shurzen armour to his HL Sturmgeshultz III choosing a winter camo finish and backdrop, Andrew says, "She's a runner and I have even invested in metal tracks wheels and suspension. Soon to be out in the garden with it when I have built the tank track range as it's a bit like my WW2 re-inacting hobby do it right, I think if you are going to spend lots of money on a nice model why leave it in a cuboard." 

"My STuG III is based on a vehicle I saw in the series "World at War" it was seen on a piece of film supporting a Tiger on the Russian front 1943 I always wanted to do a STuG with side armour and considered making my own until I saw your kit and thought 'Bingo'.

A Brief History by Andy Freebury

The Sturmgeschulz III (STuG III) assult gun was Germanys most produced armoured fighting vehicle during WW2. It was built onto a Pz.III tank Chassis. The vehicle was initially intended as a mobile, armoured light gun for infantry support the German Wehrmacht soldiers called it "There STuG" and was always pleased to see it next to them in action. Throughout the war the STuG was continually updated and became a tank destroyer also.

StuG III Ausf. G (Sd.Kfz. 142/1; Dec 1942– Apr 1945, 7,720 produced, 173 converted from Pz.Kpfw. III chassis): The final, and by far the most common, of the StuG series. The Ausf. G used the hull of the Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M. Upper superstructure was widened: welded boxes on either sides were abandoned. This new superstructure design increased its height to 2160mm. From May 1943, side hull skirts (schurzen) were fitted to G models for added armor protection particularly against anti-tank rifles. Side skirts were retro-fitted to some Ausf. F/8 models. Side skirts were also to be fitted to all front line StuGs and tanks by June 1943 in preparation for the battle of Kursk. Mountings for side skirts proved inadequate, many were lost. From March 44, improved mounting was introduced, as a result side skirts are more often seen with late model Ausf G. From May 1943, 80mm thick plates were used for frontal armor instead of two plates of 50mm+30mm. However, backlog of completed 50mm armors exited. For those, 30mm additional armors still had to be welded or bolted on, until Oct 1943.

DID YOU KNOW

The American Automotive Industry in WW2 produced over 3.2 million

assorted military vehicles over the six year period which includes tanks,

trucks, jeeps, staff cars and amphibious vehicles.

 Battle Damaged Pz III

Sent in by Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK

 A well finished Pz III sporting damaged Shurzen from a kit by Tank Modellbau.de backdrop and overall finish is as usual excellent.

If you would like a model just like this why not contact  Peter Symonds on

 http://www.precision-panzer.moonfruit.com

 Bergepanzer

Sent in by Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK.

A superb Bergepanzer model suitable for any collection with all the detail you could want in a model with loads of extra's you would expect of this type of tank.

The first true ARVs were introduced in World War II, often by converting obsolete or damaged tanks, usually by removing the turret and installing a heavy-duty winch to free stuck vehicles, plus a variety of vehicle repair tools Some were also purpose-built in factories using an existing tank chassis with a hull superstructure to accommodate repair and recovery equipment. Many of the latter type of ARV had an A frame or crane to allow the vehicle's crew to perform heavy lifting tasks such as removing the engine from a disabled tank.

After World War II, most countries' MBT models also had corresponding ARV variants. Many ARVs are also equipped with a buldozer blade that can be used as an anchor when winching or as a stabiliser when lifting, a pump to transfer fuel to another vehicle, and more. Some can even carry a spare engine for field replacement, such the German Leopard I  ARV.

Some combat engineering vehicles (CEVs) are based on ARVs.

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If you would like a model just like this why not contact  Peter Symonds on

 http://www.precision-panzer.moonfruit.com

DID YOU KNOW

The Great Depression had a ripple effect throughout the world. It prevented Germany from paying

WWI reparations, which forced Great Britain and France to default on their debts to the U.S. which,

in turn sowed discontent throughout the globe.