Playground of War

Playground of War /Jagdpanther in May 1945
Model by Martin Blumlein
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Jagdpanther in May 1945

jagdpantherIn the middle of 1943, the Army Office ordered the construction of a new hunting tank, which was to carry the same cannon as the kingtiger. To this end, the Office was looking for a suitable drive. The hybrid drive of the Panzer III / IV could not carry the weight of a hunting tank with the new 8,8er. The drive of the tiger was much too heavy to realize a fast hunting tank. So it was only the most modern drive of the Wehrmacht, the Panther. It had proved to be very good in this 43 ton fighting armor and was therefore a perfect base for a fast hunting tank.
Serial production began in February 1944 and ran until December 1944 only at MIAG, then MNH also entered production. It ended only in April 1945 due to the advancing Allies. The planned output, with an average of 26 Jagdpanther per month, was far below the target of 150 pieces. In 15 months production, only 382 Jagdpanther were built, so the Jagdpanther was rarely in the fight.
The Jagdpanther was mostly deployed on the western front, and the 51 hunting fighters participated in small groups such as the unsuccessful Ardennes offensive. Eight Jagdpanther took part in the Nordwind offensive in Alsace at the 31.12. 1944. The last four Jagdpanther of the 654th were lost within the framework of defensive combat operations with the goal to stop the Allies invading Germany.

The model:
dragon 6393 jagdpantherThe kit of the Jagdpanther comes from Dragon (6393) and have a very good quality. In the box you will find a large number of injection-molded parts, a small PE circuit board, two towing cables made of metal and the Magic Tracks (original kit of 2009). There are a total of ten painting proposals in the manual. For a better detail of the model, I installed a set of PE parts from Griffon, Voyager Burn Out Wheels and a CMK Interior set. The model I painted with the color set for dark yellow of AK. The aging of the tank took place with products from AK and MIG as well as oil paints and pigments. Inside the tank there is a small LED, which illuminates the beautifully detailed interior.
The basic structure of the Dioramas consists of a wooden base, which is filled with flower pots. On these I applied a gypsum sand mixture and worked out the paving stones from Styrodur. The diorama was planted with plants of various manufacturers. To revive the diorama, I have installed four figures. The children on the tank are from Masterbox and Stalingrad. The top civilians are from Royal Model.