Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 12:05 PM UTC
Paper Panzer Productions' recent releases adds new items to its growing list of what-if conversion kits.
Paper Panzer Productions cautions that the following products are what-ifs. These are not based on either factual or historical documentation.

PPP 35028 Jagd E-50 E-75 Eber
The Jagd E-50/E-75 follows the idea of the Jagdpanzer and Sturmtiger, where a standard chassis could be taken of the production chain and have the superstructure bolted on. A heavily armored frontplate with additional protection where hull and superstructure meet provide a hard to penetrate front. Combined with the deadly 8.8cm gun and state-of-the-art optics the Jagd E-50/E-75 ‘Eber’ would have been a tough nut to crack.

The conversion kit may be used on the Trumpeter E-50 / E-75 chassis without further modification. A metal barrel and antenna is included.

PPP 35029 Beobachtungspanzer Panther F cast turret
The Beobachtungspanzer Panther F could have been the continuation of the work that had started on developing a dedicated and powerful artillery observation vehicle. A well-protected observer, equiped with state-of-the-art observation and range finding devices would have been a serious asset to the German artillery corps. This turret combines a cast turret shell with a welded, strong front plate and a dummy gun.

The conversion kit provides four versions of the observation device. Included with the turret is a metal antenna.

PPP 35030 Cast Panther F hull
When he saw the first completed Panther tank Heinz Guderian wanted a complete stop in Panzer III and IV production to concentrate solely on the Panther. The war situation however did not permit a radical stop and switch. The Wehrmacht needed plenty of replacement panzers for the battles on the Eastern Front. Although production in Germany was in full swing the required numbers were never reached. Some of the conquered countries however also had industries that contributed. Both the French and the Czech had a good capability of casting larger objects. PPP’s cast Panther hull fits the whatif scenario where production was outsourced to these industries

The conversion kit applies to either Dragon or Tamiya Panther kits. Some modification is required to fit.
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I'll have to try one of their kits someday as I find working with resin very rewarding and challenging. Plus, I love their preamble: "Paper Panzer Productions cautions that the following products are what-ifs. These are not based on either factual or historical documentation." Jeff
NOV 15, 2016 - 06:45 PM
Just waiting for the "what-if" AFV with wings and Henschel jet engines that Prof. Porsche drunkenly scribbled on a napkin during lunchtime at the local Bierhaus!
NOV 15, 2016 - 07:58 PM
Well PPP do do a turbine engine deck for the KT/ E-50/E-75. Thats a sort of jet! Jeff, I have had resins from some manufacturers that you need industrial tools to work and some that are like toffee covered in a membrane. No such problems with PPP and I have bought a lot.!!
NOV 15, 2016 - 08:49 PM
THANKS, Tat!!! I'll try emailing them...
NOV 16, 2016 - 02:06 AM
8.8CM seems a little too small for a jagdpanzer based on the chassis.
NOV 16, 2016 - 03:02 AM
I thought that too so I have an MR 128mm with pepper pot muzzle brake to add. Small adjustment to the mantlet required.
NOV 16, 2016 - 03:17 AM
I'm inclined to agree, but after all, this thing IS supposed to be built on an E-50/E-75 Chassis. The 12.8cm Gun is already seen in DRAGON and TRUMPETER's E-100 kits and TRUMPETER's E-100-based Jagdpanzer, which are both a good deal larger than the E-50/E-75 concepts. The 12.8cm Gun was quite a bit larger and HEAVIER than the 8.8cm- Given that fact, the more abbreviated, lighter Suspensions of the E-50/E-75s would very likely have been over-taxed with the much heavier 12.8cm Gun, and Mantlet... If one wants to retain the 8.8cm Gun, but wants to make the Gun look more imposing, a Muzzle Brake can always be added... But to each, their own- This "Paper-Panzer" is just a "Pie-in-the-Sky" vehicle, anyway. So even if one were to mount an 18-inch Naval Gun in this thing, it would still only be a "What-if fake that NEVER WAS"...
NOV 16, 2016 - 12:50 PM
I agree that while the 128 is clearly the more potent gun, sheer weight make it unlikely for something this armoured to have the weight allowance for the larger gun. Besides, German gunners were achieving one-shot kills at over two kilometers with the 8.8 L/71 gun on the King Tiger, so it would have remained useful for some time to come. I wonder if the kit comes with the side fenders that would cover those huge tracks...
NOV 16, 2016 - 10:17 PM
The increased weight of the 128mm would be compensated by the lack of turret and traverse gear. The lower centre of gravity would affect recoil stresses. The answer to your query is no, at least not in my one. The Lowe track conversion as depicted is a separate kit and again does not include them. Got to leave the modeller something to do!
NOV 17, 2016 - 12:28 AM

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