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Panzerbefehlswagen III E in 1/72...

...No. 63 in the First to Fight magazine series
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Along with a Polish language magazine, 'First to Fight' combines it with a very neat 1/72 model.  In this instance it is number 65 in the series and features the Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf E.

The command variant of the Pz III E was fitted with a dummy 37mm main armament in the turret and one of the two MG34 gun barrels was also a dummy.  The outermost MG was a real, ball mounted weapon.  This allowed for extra space within the crew compartment, so additional radios could be fitted.  As depicted in the kit, there are two aerial troughs, one on each side of the hull, and the large bar aerial is a distinctive feature on the top of the rear deck. Assembly is simple enough.  One piece track units and the commanders cupola with the hatches moulded shut.   The bulk of the kit is the same as the basic Panzer III E as included in their World at War series, but this time with an extra sprue, which carried the extra parts for the radio aerials. Fit of parts is excellent and transfers with basic white crosses are included. I have mine built and a base coat of panzer grey, next step will be to paint the details and weathering.  This is a nice one to add to a collection of small scale Panzers.

I bought mine through Tiger Hobbies here in the UK.


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