Hi chaps, a few of the builds I intended to go for have already been snapped up , so I had a rethink and decided on the Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf.H, 5cm VK903, prototype. It was also known as Panzerselbstfahrlafette Ic (Pz.Sfl.Ic)
Even though this is classed as a Prototype, only two being built, they were made from armoured plate and not as usually done with soft steel. The two vehicles even made it to front line service. Although photographed, it is only known that they were used on the eastern front, but not the exact locations. The unit that used them first was the Panzer-Jäger Company 601, and later Panzer-Jäger battalion (Sfl.) 559. These units were both part of Army Group South.
John that is a question that can't be answered. It was planned as a Jäger. But from 1942 the 50mm gun was obsolete, specially on the eastern front, with the arrival of the T-34 and KV-1. However, these two vehicles were still operation at the end of 1942, so my guess is they were used in the recon role.
Cheers chaps, nice to see the usual gang hanging around .
John, 5M kits are very rare in this part of the world, but they are classed as high end kits. The company makes more 1/72 stuff than anything else, in 1/35 we have this and the Panzerkampfwagen II Ausf.G. The G is the doner kit in this case also, which means the complete upper hull and turret are in the box, along with resin upper hull plate and turret for this version.
So we have a start, the lower and upper hull, and the turret for the G version are all flat pack parts which certainly makes the detail better. The suspension arms and shocks are all separate parts, these are a tad tricky to fit, they have basically no leeway at all. But saying that, you certainly can't do anything wrong with the alignment.
Upper hull, rear deck, and turret are all dry fit at the moment. Tomorrow I'll tackle the running gear and link and length tracks. Oh yes, the tracks have no ejection marks at all, and the knock out pin marks for the hull parts are all hidden and very indiscreet indeed.
Guy I was acrtually looking at the white mark in the middle of the frontal armour, to me it looks a tad like this. Sometimes the sword was held with the ghosts right hand, which could be the case on the Ausf.H