Thursday, 29 January 2015

Italeri 1/72 Scale WW2 German PAK 40 - WIP

The final model in this amazing set is the Pak40. The Pak 40 formed the backbone of German anti-tank guns for the latter part of World War II and was developed in 1939-1941 by Rheinmetall.

The Pak 40 was first used in Russia where it was needed to combat the newest Soviet tanks.

The tables below show the effectiveness of the ammunition.

Panzergranate 39 (PzGr. 39) - APCBC

An armour-piercing, capped, ballistic cap projectile with explosive filler and tracer.
  • Weight of projectile: 6.08 kg
  • Muzzle velocity: 790 m/s
Range Penetration
at 30 degrees from vertical
100 m 106 mm
500 m 96 mm
1000 m 80 mm
1500 m 63 mm

Panzergranate 40 (PzGr. 40) - APCR

An armour-piercing, composite rigid projectile with a sub-calibre tungsten core.
  • Weight of projectile: 4.05 kg
  • Muzzle velocity: 990 m/s
Range Penetration
at 30 degrees from vertical
100 m 143 mm
500 m 120 mm
1000 m 97 mm
1500 m 77 mm

I started with my usual grey primer.

Then followed with Middlestone base colour. Then a heavy brown / black wash.

Next the crew which I painted up with Field Grey and Brown for the uniforms. I did do a bit of customization to get the crew to fit and I used a separate model from another box set as the Italeri set does not come with enough crew for all the models.

The Canon is painted with a base brown camouflage of a 50/50 mix of Middlestone and Chocolate Brown and a 70/30 Chocolate Brown and Middlestone mix for the center part of the camouflage. The green was a 50/50 mix of Reflective Green and Middlestone as a base then a 70/30 mix of Reflective Green and Middlestone for the center of the camouflage.

 The completed model soon.


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