This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
Panzer III Ausf. J Control Tank
- Slide-molded mantlet in fine detail.
- Fully detailed 3-directional slide-molded gun sleeve.
- Gun barrels are slide-molded.
- Highly detailed 5cm Kw.K L/42 and 5cm Kw.K L/60 guns included as options.
- Turret rear stowage bin for Fu.G.KS.8 remote-control device.
- Optional add-on armor for gun mantlet.
- Top plate for spaced armor over mantlet.
- Optional photo-etch parts provided for mantlet add-on armor.
- Optional brackets for extra armor on hull top.
- Optional extra armor on fighting compartment front plate.
- Remotely controlled Borgward IV Ausf.B heavy demolition charge vehicle.
- Slide-molded engine deck for Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J.
- Transmission and steering-brake access hatches can be modeled open/closed.
- Injection-molded tow cable for engine deck.
- Air deflector accurately represented.
- Photo-etched mesh included.
- Air intake covers with mounts realistically reproduced.
- Turret side hooks especially designed with undercut details.
- Sharply detail fenders with pattern detail on both top and bottom surfaces.
- Complete gun assembly with full detail.
- Includes hollowed out undercut on turret bottom.
- Cooling air intakes are slide molded.
- Photo-etched air intake grills.
- Side hatches can be assembled open/closed with interior details.
- One-piece turret made by 3-directional slide molds.
- One-piece slide-molded lower hull with exquisite detail.
- Lower hull sides come with full detail.
- Fully detailed weld seams on hull bottom.
- Accurate sprocket and road wheels.
- Final-drive housing covers are separate parts for maximum detail.
- Detailed track tension adjuster.
- Idler wheels feature photo-etched parts.
- Slide-molded hydraulic shock absorbers well detailed.
- Detailed suspension swing arms.
- Exhaust pipes with hollow ends.
- Toolbox with padlock produced by slide mold.
- Notek headlight with exquisite detail.
- Injection-molded on-vehicle tools provided with clasps.
- Slide-molded torsion bars included.
- 40cm Magic Tracks.
Mass production of this tank began in 1939 and by August 1943, when production ceased, 6000 had been built. Initially, it was armed with a 37mm gun, but as the allies were increasing the size of the weaponry of their tanks - and after much badgering by German Army Generals - the calibre of the main gun was increased to 50mm.
Schurtzen, and applique armor were additions to this tank as the war progressed and a number of conversions, such as Sturmhaubitze, Flammenwerfer, and Sturmschutz III, kept the Panzer III chassis well employed after its use as a battle tank was over.
Borgward IV Ausf. B
The need for a remotely controlled vehicle for clearing gaps in mine fields was recognized by the German forces after the Polish campaign. A contract was issued to the Borgward Company to produce a tracked vehicle, to tow mine detonating rollers. The vehicle (Sdkfz 300) weighed 1.5 tons and was powered by a 4-cylinder engine. 50 were produced between January and May of 1940. A further contract was awarded to build a slightly larger vehicle powered by a 6 cylinder, 49hp engine, weighing 2.3 tons, and designated the "B2"
The "B1V" was developed to to carry an explosive charge of 500kgs and deliver it to a target by remote control, where the charge was dropped. The vehicle was then reversed and the charge detonated remotely by the control tank.
The vehicle was designated "Sprengladungstrager" (Sdkfz 301). Tigers (sdkfz181/182), StuG 111(Sdkfz 142) and (Pzkpfw111) were used as command/control tanks in a number of Companies designated "Funklenk". These Companies saw action on the Eastern Front, Kursk, Anzio, the Ardennes, and Normandy.