This is my new project: Infanterie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42
A captured Matilda II turretless, armed with KwK 38 L/42 5cm gun, used as a tank-destroyer in the landing training for Operation Sea Lion.
|Infanterie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42|
The Infantry Tank Mark II, best known as the Matilda II, was a British infantry tank of the Second World War.
|Matilda II Infantry Tank - Puckapunyal Tank Museum|
The design began as the A12 specification in 1936, as a gun-armed counterpart to the first British infantry tank, the machine gun armed, two-man A11 Infantry Tank Mark I Matilda I. The Mark I was also known as Matilda, and the larger A12 was initially known as the Matilda II, Matilda Senior or Waltzing Matilda. The Mark I was abandoned in 1940, and from then on the A12 was almost always known simply as "the Matilda".
|Infantry Tank Mk II Matilda II (A12EI) prototype|
With its heavy armour, the Matilda II was an excellent infantry support tank but with somewhat limited speed and armament. It was the only British tank to serve from the start of the war to its end, although it is particularly associated with the North Africa Campaign. It was replaced in front-line service by the lighter and less costly Infantry Tank Mk III Valentine beginning in late 1941.
|Valentine infantry tank - in action.|
During the fights in 1940 in France, and then later in Africa, the Germans captured several infantry tanks Matilda , of different production versions. One Matilda was converted to a self-propelled gun, with a geman weapon . This particular Matilda has the raised suspension, a feature not continued after the rendition of France in 1940, so this tank may well have been captured from the British Expeditionary Forces.
This Matilda served in 1942 in the Hochsee-Lehrkommando School at Terneuzen, in the occupied Netherlands. Initially, the tank named "Oswald" in its standard presentation participated in drills for boarding and landing of beaches, like in the planned Sea Lion Operation.
|Matilda "Oswald" in his standard version|
At the end of 1942, the original turret (with the weak 2pdr. gun) was removed and the more powerful 5,0 cm KwK 38 L/42 gun was installed in the open hull, with a front additional armored shield. The supplementary armament consisted of 2 machine guns MG 15 or 34 7,62mm in the top of the front shield. His fate is unclear, but later he probably has been scrapped.
|Infanterie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42|
Matilda II captured named "Oswald"
|"Oswald" in landing training...|
|5cm KwK 38 L/42 auf Infanterie Panzerkampfwagen MK II 748(e)|
|Place of origin||United Kingdom - modified by Germans|
|In service||1940 - ??|
|Used by||Nazi german|
|Second World War|
|Crew||4 (driver, gunner, loader, commander)|
|Armour||78 mm hull; 10 mm - gun shield|
|5cm KwK 38 L/42|
|2 x MG 34 7.92 machine gun|
|Engine||2×AEC diesel 6-cylinder 7 litre engines: 94–95 bhp|
|Power/weight||7.5 bhp (5.6 kW) / tonne|
|Transmission||Wilson epicyclic pre-selector gearbox, 6 speeds|
|Speed||26 km/h - on road|
14 km/h - off road)
For do this beast, I´ll use an old Tamiya Matilda kit:
|A very old kit from the "Dark Ages"...|
|Kwk 38 L/42 5cm gun, from Verlinden.|
The ideal would be to order a new Tamiya kit and a complete interior in the Inside the Armour to her, but as I live in the "wilderness" of the earth, any order placed now takes 30 to 60 days to get here. So I'm going to do with what I have and do a lot of scratch ...
First of all, the suspension. This beast had the raised one...
|Notice the raised suspension...|
|Raising the old Tamiya´s suspension|
The Oswald was a turretless vehicle. So, the inside of the tank was visible. As the vehicle must have been modified by their captors, I decided to make an interior of Matilda based on photos and a certain "creative freedom", which I impute to the Krauts...Scratch and spare parts...
|Scratching the interior...|
|Kraut design !!!|
With the upper hull (dry-run):]
|To rear view...|
|Hull closed and glued|
Notice the raised suspension and original Tamiya´s track
The Verlinden kit is a jewel...No bubbles, flashes or defects in the casted parts.
|KwK 38 L/42 5cm parts|
|kit parts - close up|
The instructions are clear and very well designed:
I In my search for the tank and the gun, I found that the cannon KwK 38 with this platform was used in bunkers and coastal defense. Since this tank has been modified for use in training and coastal facilities, nothing more logical to infer that the Germans used what they had.
So, I thought of changing the platform of the gun as they would their builders: Take the torch and cut the platform at the right height to fit the tank, keeping the maximum normal components of the platform.
|Gun completed. This gun is a L/60, not the L/42|
|The kit gun: L/60 with muzzle brake (long barrel)|
|The correct gun: L/42, without muzzle brake and short barreled gun|
|Testing the elevation axis|
|Surgery done !!!|
The gun is a L/60, not the L/42. I'll have to cut the barrel of the cannon to the right length later...
Testing the gun in place:
Building the cradle of the gun platform:
|The cradle - Note the small screw that will be the rotation pin|
|Testing the gun...|
|Two "legs" to stabilize and reinforce the cradle...Notice the step|
|The legs with steps|
|The cradle with legs and step - close up|
|The little screw as a pin|
|Notice the internal shield - see pic below...|
|KwK 5cm in the bunker configuration (same of the kit)|
And the gun in place:
|The cradle glued in place. I forget the barrel ...uops...|
Well, after cut the barrel, I start the construction of the external shield. The only references are the real pics...I used paper and perspectives... and...
The shield is done !!!
|Notice the supports and the reinforce in metal (blue arrow)|
And it has horizontal drift ...
|Eyes right !!!|
|Eyes left !!!!|
Now, it´s time to finish the hull details ...
I had the idea to do the cammo similar to that of LWS ...Let´s go...
I painted the shield with primer, for better visualization:
|Frontal view - all measures are in millimeters|
|Side view - left|
|Left view of the shield - close-up|
|Angles of the lateral shield|
|Lateral shield - specs|
|top view - specs|
|bird view - specs|
The novel continues....More details in the "Oswald" Matilda:
|Notice the MG 34 support|
|The real MG 34|
|Oswald with full armament|
|Oswald with full armament - front view|
After discovering this picture:
|Matilda KwK in in good company: with LWS Landwasserschlepper|
in landing beach training, ...
|Cammo done. Notice the LWS Landwasserschlepper in background...|
|Decal with Future|
|The weathering going....|
|Infanterie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42 "Oswald"|
|Left side - The lower portion of the suspension will|
be "dirty" when I make the base for the model ...
|The gun with horizontal swivel...|
|Oswald is impressive !!!|
|Kojak in the Matilda Kwk 5cm|
|Notice the ammo racks...|
Oswald with another "Navy Girl": the Landwasserschlepper LWS !!!