Gotta love those tiny details! #54

The marathon is over (at least for me as the AltProto is patiently waiting in the garage for the next equipment sale), so it’s time for another post with more German medium tanks, this time featuring the Kpz 07 RH, Kpz 50 t, Kunze Panzer and T 55A.

Kampfpanzer 07 RH

https://preview.redd.it/4i5ls74e9s381.jpg?width=823&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3994b13d3589cfdb9cd26004920a02a782f85a53

Strips of some anti slip material, a good idea given that the sides of the tank are almost vertical and the upper front plate is the best way to get on top of the tank, but it’s still a little bit steep.

https://preview.redd.it/1f293s7o9s381.jpg?width=665&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=839ecb0ed0c8cb79a285249ae4cc3531ecd680e1

This machine gun pod with an MG 3 was used on the SPz Marder. It was also already included in this series, but it was long ago and I have less photos this time, so maybe it’s a good idea to post it again.

https://preview.redd.it/0j2vpxh9as381.jpg?width=630&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ea47d6bc5684ac0f32c1c93f8a107a946fdf03ba

Kampfpanzer 50 t

https://preview.redd.it/1i4h9vjdas381.jpg?width=874&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=02f91ddeae1ba5e4cf6179537b21a7f8a9fd4957

A barrel shroud that I’ve never seen on a German tank. From what I’ve seen there were no barrel shrouds used on them until a metal one was introduced, but still similar ones were really used by other countries, so it’s not like it would be impossible,

https://preview.redd.it/6o4hviqras381.jpg?width=1024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=550f144a6591cc551866d15a25cb6a2337aec098

https://preview.redd.it/nb71wbwsas381.jpg?width=540&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cb9fb2c64a3767bdbcba1824e8952c18685be688

Again some more anti slip surfaces together with a mirror that’s very similar to the ones used on the Leopards.

https://preview.redd.it/gxjsza07bs381.jpg?width=654&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=72e3ebd01f493bfbfccff33480dbffcdb3bf6138

An AA turret with what looks like two American M2 HB machine guns. That wouldn’t be surprising, as the West German army was supplied with US made equipment, they also had no domestic .50 cal machine guns.

https://preview.redd.it/3vb5imtkbs381.jpg?width=3296&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ca18eaa6af7cef527b571dddf37e0b0b77bdeadd

Kunze Panzer

https://preview.redd.it/u459hmjmbs381.jpg?width=576&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=65fe1f5b5d8a69e6c14196dd8aa4ed554ebd3fa9

More anti slip! In reality it was used on the German tanks from this period, so if tanks like the Kampfpanzers or the Kunze Panzer were actually made, it would probably be applied on them too.

https://preview.redd.it/h8t3h9pvbs381.jpg?width=987&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3c2d95474dd95bf53c6d0677ef0ffa07deb466da

I’ve mentioned the MG 3 quite a few times already, but is that… Is that an actual MG 3 and not just a reused MG 42 model? It seems so given the shape of the muzzle device and that’s actually amazing, it kinda bothered me that in most cases the WW2 machine gun was used instead of the modified version.

https://preview.redd.it/2xe0vl7acs381.png?width=900&format=png&auto=webp&s=da1a6d6e1cdaaa9fcdb68394672119c64aeb04d4

T 55A

https://preview.redd.it/9qenmbtfcs381.jpg?width=343&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6d8b062e7f40bcab0841fdd3deca4b48a205ec77

The emblem of the German NVA (Nationale Volksarmee, National People’s Army), used very accurately, just look at the photo below to see how good this model looks when compared to the real German T-55s (side note: the probability that this tank was made in the USSR is quite low, as most of the German T-55s came from Czechoslovakia and Poland).

https://preview.redd.it/ip07bb67ds381.jpg?width=960&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4ecc62abbacd6b1235cba774f36f890b6d1bf5cb

https://preview.redd.it/3461gwt8ds381.jpg?width=302&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6fd8a34332dc7b37882cf988b4dee2077a8fe353

This lamp is not as detailed as it would be if the model was created today (as is the case with many older models), but judging by the position I would assume that it was meant to represent a tactical lamp, used to display the tank’s number. Here’s how it looked on a real T-55, the second photo shows the lamp itself (made in Czechoslovakia in 1980s).

https://preview.redd.it/qmi427j7es381.jpg?width=640&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=962dfdfdc139a96abc7e6be702f8a936dcead12b

https://preview.redd.it/famfzy98es381.jpg?width=960&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=04739ea61a3a2e6714246131c8cb50bffd7c74bd

Conclusion

And that’s all about the German premium medium tanks! Next time we’ll look at some heavy ones, I hope it will happen soon, at least I have more time now since I’ve completed the marathon.

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