Berge-Panther Mit Aufgesetztern Pz.Kpfw.IV Turm Als Befehlspanzer

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IV Turm rendered in realistic detail - Commander's hatch defined w/subtle detail - Realistic turret roof rendered w/brackets for armor skirts -Well-defined turret skirts can be assembled separately -Finely detailed 7.5 cm KwK. This 45-tonne medium tank was also converted into a useful armored recovery vehicle known as the Berge-Panther, with nearly 350 examples produced. One particularly unusual vehicle to be created by the unit s. Abt.653 was a Berge-Panther fitted with a Panzer IV turret. The result was a command tank with a fixed turret, plus a name that was absolutely mind numbing: the Berge-Panther mit aufgesetztem Pz. The work was done as a field conversion by only one unit and it served with the aforementioned heavy tank destroyer battalion (originally equipped with Ferdinand and, later, Jagdtiger vehicles) on the Eastern Front in 1944. Dragon has such a new 1/72 scale kit of this special hybrid vehicle. As with the original conversion, its essentially a donor Panzer IV turret placed on a Berge-Panther chassis. Because the turret is fixed, theres no rear stowage bin or rear armor. This allows the vehicles engine hatches to be shown open. In addition, the track links are made from DS for maximum detail. All the appropriate characteristics of this rather special conversion are present, and it will have 1/72 scale model-makers purring with pleasure. « less
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