Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 09:17 PM UTC
An announcement from Hobby Boss has a German mobile gun made from imports and a post war Russian truck on the way.
Hobby Boss has announced two new kits slated for a March 2015 release. The first is an early German mobile anti-tank gun using a French tank and a Czechoslovakian gun. And for Russian truck fans, a post World War 2 ZiS-151.

83808 5cm PaK(t) Sfl.auf Fgst. Pz.Kpfw.35 R 731(f)
83845 Russian ZiS-151
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Except for the box art, and the camo color, what's the difference between this 5cm PaK(t) Sfl. auf Fgst. Pz. Kpfw. 35R (f), and Hobby Boss' previous release of the same vehicle. I didn't know there were that many of these vehicles produced to have 'early' and 'late' versions. Or did they correct the location of the left hand side entry door? Doesn't look like it from the box art.
JAN 31, 2015 - 09:28 PM
The previous release has the 4.7cm gun.
JAN 31, 2015 - 09:53 PM
Oooops! And I should know better as I have the previous kit!
JAN 31, 2015 - 09:56 PM
So, ballistically, which gun was better - the 4.7 or 5 cm? Or was performance so similar that it really didn't matter much, and only depended on the amount of surplus guns of either kind available?
JAN 31, 2015 - 10:00 PM
I would believe the 4.7cm was better, as the 4.7cm gun variants were still in service at the time of the Normandy Invasions.
JAN 31, 2015 - 10:01 PM
AFAIK, the 5cm version was a prototype only, not that I don't like prototypes mind you... Cheers, Christophe
JAN 31, 2015 - 10:28 PM
Gents; Best of my knowledge (and with some research...), there was NO 5cm Czech AT gun... I THINK that HobbyBoss has kitted what could have been a prototype conversion using the 5cm PaK 38 gun... the barrel, recuperator, and muzzle-brake shown in that box-art all conform to the PaK 38 gun. Not knowing what's inside the fighting compartment ref the gun, I cannot say for sure, but... IF this is the case, HB has mislabeled their new kit by suggesting that this one has a "5cm PaK (t)". The German 5cm PaK 38 was decidedly better in performance than the Czech weapon - but the Czech weapon was useful and available while demand for the 5cm PaK 38 was huge elsewhere, so in went that Czech thing into this limited-run conversion vehicle (and into some 202 "panzerjaeger Ib" built in 1940 - 41). The Czech 4.7cm AT gun was not continued in production much past early 1940 - which probably attests to it being OK and quite useful but not sufficiently great so as to merit continued production under German direction, unlike the Pz 38(t) and variants). I have no specific documentation of this 5cm version existing - but it seems that it may well have happened, given as the Germans tried out any number of possible mounts for their AT guns. The PaK 38 was rather larger and heavier than the Czech 4.7cm gun "normally" used in this conversion, and also had substantially higher recoil... maybe too much for this light chassis (but then again, the 5cm PaK 38 was successfully used on that SdKfz 10 light halftrack, so...)? Cheers! Bob
FEB 01, 2015 - 04:19 AM
Bob, It might have existed, here's what I read (translated from a Czech forum) : "The report of 30.06.1941 reference is made ​​to WaPrüf 6 -appointment Alkett a prototype interceptor tanks cannon to 5 cm PaK 38 . Whether the prototype was completed is not known. * Source: Thomas L.Jentz, Hilary Louis Doyle - Panzerjaeger (3, 7 cm It Pz.Sfl.Ic) development and employment from 1927 to 1941, the Panzer Tracts No.7-1, year 2004, ISBN: 0-9744862-3-X" Here's Brach Model's version. Cheers, Christophe
FEB 01, 2015 - 05:25 AM

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