Saturday, April 6, 2013

8,8cm PaK 43, France 1945

The 8,8 cm PaK 43 being the most powerful antitank gun of the war was deployed in vast numbers eastern as well as on the western front. I always liked it silouhette (the 2 xale version is much more pretty in desging that the single axel PaK 43/41 Scheunentor...). I found a nice wartime picture showing it in a courtyard somewhere in France (at least the description said so) and that was the impulse to get the kit. The only injected version of this gun is available from Trumpeter and knowing Trumpeter's latest releases I was sure about the quality of the kit. Although the parts need a lot of cleanup the kit builds very straightforward and without any major problems. The only thing that Trumpeter missed about this kit are the front axles' torsion, if you want to make that you need to cut the parts, but that's an easy fix. The second thing are the brake system cables, visible on the archive photo below. But that is also an easy fix. The kit comes with two frets of PE parts, the whole gun shield can be built with PE, and a turned aluminium barrel. Nice addition making this kit a multimedia product. The kit includes also 8,8 cm shells as well as empty ones. Assembling the suspension consume most time of the whole build. But the final look is worth the effort. 

Fully elevated gun position, making it an antiaircraft weapon too I guess....

1 comment:

  1. Nice original pic !
    Unfortunately, the kit's foldable legs have a wrong "rectangular" shape...