Another post with more German premium medium tanks! Today we’ll look at the two of them, the M48 RPz and the Pz. 58 Mutz.
Probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this tank – the huge dozer blade. It’s a historical element, you can see the details in the first picture, while the second one shows the actual German M48 equipped with it.
A license plate, rather accurate with the flag and the letter Y (for the German military vehicles). I don’t know what vehicle it came from exactly, but hey, at least I found a photo of the same plate, that’s something.
The emblem of the German Pioniertruppe (pioneer troops), which symbolizes a bridge. I guess it’s accurate, I mean the M48 Räumpanzer was really used by the German pioneers, I just think that it would rather have an emblem of the Panzerpioniere, which combined this one with the tank troops emblem (symbolizing a chain).
Some items on the back of the turret – notice that the drum used here is different than the ones used on the other German tanks, as it accurately lacks the Wehrmacht markings. The helmet may be an American M1 or the West German M56 Stahlhelm (not to be confused with the other M56 Stahlhelm, used in East Germany), which was basically a copy of the M1 produced in Germany. I know nothing about the white handprint on it (at least nothing historical comes to my mind, I’m just thinking about the Lord of the Rings). The photo below shows the M56 helmet together with its liner.
Another piece of equipment – a ladder, always a good thing to have as it was easier to get on top of the tank with it.
Some markings on the turret, I assume they may be taken from or at least inspired by an existing Patton tank, but I couldn’t find a photo of them.
Panzer 58 Mutz
Some jerry cans, the same model was used on the M41 90 that was already included in the previous part of the series.
Historical and accurate markings, taken from the real Panzer 58 preserved in the Panzermuseum Thun in Switzerland (first photo). You may notice that the number used on the model is slightly different than the one on the original tank (M-0894 vs. M-0895). It’s not a mistake, as the Pz. 58 with that number was also made and in terms of markings it probably looked very similar to the M-0895 back then, but after that it was used as a training target, and well… In the second picture you can see that it surely isn’t in the best condition now.
Why the M-0894 was used instead of the M-0895? The short answer may be diversity. If you’re interested, here’s a longer story – the M-0895, which is currently on display in Thun, was a second prototype of the Panzer 58. The gun used on it was a licensed copy of the British 20 pdr gun that we know from the Centurion. The first prototype (so the M-0894) used the 9 cm Kanone 48 and that’s probably why we got this variant (or maybe a combination of the two prototypes, as the first one, also known as the KW 30/57, had the side skirts when it was tested) – to give us something a little bit different than the tanks we already know.
A crate with some flammable materials, the sticker on it looks to be the same as the one used on the jerry cans.
Again the same markings, this time on the back of the tank, which is also a historical position for them.
And the last detail – I have no idea what was stored in that box, but I know for sure that it is a historical element. It’s not present on the real Panzer 58 as there’s just an empty space where it should be, but the exact same box can be seen on the Panzer 61, which was an upgraded and upgunned version of the Pz. 58, also preserved in Thun museum.
Uh, the last week was rather hard and I had way less time than I wished I would have to work on the posts. Still making this one was fun and refreshing, so I hope we’ll be still going strong from now on!