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"Tank Gallery 5"
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.
A nicely done Pz4 from Ernie Oliva from Welling, Kent.
Note: Ernie has extended the barrel from short 75 to longer High velocity 75 Kwk Barrel with a Muzzle Break and also added some slick bogey racks on the side.
A Brief History
The Panzerkampfwagen IV (Pz.Kpfw. IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a medium tank developed in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War. Its ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 161.
Designed as an infantry-support tank, the Panzer IV was not originally intended to engage enemy armor—that function was performed by the lighter, faster Panzer III. However, with the flaws of the pre-war doctrine of separate 'infantry' and 'cavalry' tanks becoming apparent in combat, the Panzer IV soon assumed the tank-fighting role of its increasingly obsolescent cousin. The most widely manufactured and deployed German tank of the Second World War, the Panzer IV was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles, including tank destroyers and self-propelled anti-aircraft guns. Robust and reliable, it saw service in all combat theaters, and has the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war with over 8,500 produced between 1936 and 1945. Upgrades and design modifications, often made in response to the appearance of new Allied tanks, extended its service life. Generally these involved increasing the Panzer IV's armor protection or upgrading its weapons, although during the last months of the war and with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included retrograde measures to simplify and speed manufacture.
The Panzer IV was the most widely exported tank in German service, with around 300 sold to partners such as Finland, Spain and Bulgaria. After the war, the French and Spanish sold dozens of Panzer IVs to Syria, where during the 1960s they saw combat against Israel.
DID YOU KNOW
The youngest U.S. serviceman was 12-year-old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age. (His benefits were later restored by act of Congress).
by Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK
A nicely done HL M41 Walker Bulldog with lots of care and detail note the mantle cover made from printed canvas cotton fabric to give that realistic combat look, you can smell the exhaust fumes from here.
Nice job Peter.
A Brief History
While the M24 Chaffee was a successful design, its main gun was not effective enough against well armored opponents. Although the primary mission of light tank was scouting, Armored Force wanted one with more powerful armament. The development of the new tank, T37, began in 1947. The vehicle was designed to be air-transportable, and the desired anti-tank capabilities were provided by installing a long 76 mm gun with an advanced rangefinder. In 1949, with the adoption of a less ambitious rangefinder, the project's designation was changed to M41. Production started in 1951 at Cadillac's Cleveland Tank Plant, and by 1953 the new tank completely replaced the M24 in the United States Army. Initially it was nicknamed "Little Bulldog", then renamed to "Walker Bulldog" after General Walton Walker, who was killed in a jeep accident in Korea in 1950.
The M41 was an agile and well armed vehicle. On the other hand, it was noisy, fuel-hungry and heavy enough to cause problems with air transport. In 1952 work began on lighter designs (T71, T92), but those projects came to naught and were eventually abandoned.
The Walker Bulldog saw limited combat with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, but for the most part, the conflict served as a testing ground to work out the tank's deficiencies, especially with its rangefinder. At the time, it was designated as the T-41, and was rushed to the battlefield even before its first test run.This was due to the fact that the North Koreans were supplied with Soviet T-34 tanks, which were superior to the M-24. By 1961, one hundred fifty were delivered to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to supplement their Type 61 medium tanks.
In 1964 the M41 light tank was selected to replace the ARVN (Army Republic of South Vietnam) M24 Chaffee light tank, which they had inherited from the French, who in turn had received from the United States during the French Indochina War (aka 1st Indochina War 1946-1954). The first M41A3s arrived in January 1965, equipping five ARVN squadrons by the end of the year. The Walker Bulldog was an instant success with South Vietnamese armor crewmen, who found the M41's interior to be just perfect for their stature, which had been a principal criticism by US armor crewmen who had been assigned to the vehicle. This, combined with the tank's mechanical reliability, simplicity, and excellent handling made the Bulldog a worthy war machine.
In 1971, the ARVN and US Forces commenced Operation Lam Son 719, a disruption of communist supply lines in neighboring Laos; a combination of armor and airmobile attacks on three axes into enemy held territory. The ARVN 1st Armor Brigade, accompanied by two airborne battalions and two cavalry regiments penetrated approximately 4 miles into Laos on 08 February, enemy reaction was swift and violent], with this first engagement between NVA and ARVN tanks, the 17 M41's destroyed 22 communist tanks; six T-54's and sixteen PT-76's, at no loss to themselves. By 1973, over 200 M41 light tanks remained in service with the South Vietnamese Army.
Look for Peters Models and Figures on Ebay (Petersym37)
105mm StuH 42 Sturmhaubitze Ausf G
by Lou Petherbridge
A Rare model this scratch built onto a Heng Long Pz.IIl chassis.
Paint by Louis Petherbrige, Cornwall.
Finished Models like this are available from "The Happy Tanker" see Featured Suppliers Page.
A Few Photos from Joe Canestrari in Canada
Battle of the Bulge?
A Collection of
Tigers, Panzer IIIs, Snow Leopard and Walker Bulldog
Some Photo's of Joe's un-finished project King Tiger
"The Don Campaign"
This Tiger has been Painted as "TIKI" 8. s. Pz-Kp. Das Reich, May 1943
by David Gray of Dallas, Texas
and is equipped with the latest IR battle system.
A Bridge Too Far
by Peter Symonds of Nottingham.
This has been a large project for Peter he has heavily converted a Std. Tamiya Sherman into a
Firefly adding rear turret compartment and a Cullen cutter at the front just for good measure.
If you would like a Sherman or any other built to this standard why not visit Peter on....
15cm Sturm-Infanteriegeschutz 33
Built onto a Pz III chassis by Lou Petherbridge
(Visit him on Ebay - Pugwash04)
Former "Featured Modeller" Peter Symonds of Nottingham UK. Peter is a prolific modeller and diorama builder who also sells on ebay from time to time, his work is researched and very precise and he seems to take on any project. Here are some of this latest models some shown in black & white to give a nostalgic feel to the scene.
Visit Peter at the web address below: