Tankers !!! Bunker mates !!!
While I'm on vacation with my family (and away from my workbench ...) I'll post some old interesting cases... They are kits and models that I already built for some time, but unprecedented here at Bunker. So, let's go...
Today I'll show a very unusual vehicle design that would function as a ram: the Raumpanzer "Tiger" (P)- Rammtiger. This project was very tasty (and economic) to be built ...
Based on the experiences of Stalingrad street fighting, the German Army HQ decided to builit a short series of barricade and obstacle destroyer tanks based on VK 4501(P) chassis.
Führer personally on 5 January 1943 ordered preparing three Raumpanzer "Tiger"(P) vehicles for action on Eastern Front.
|Barricade / obstacle tank destroyer concept|
This lightly armed (with ball-mounted MG 34 in the hull front, derivation from Elefant) vehicle was to be a standard VK4501(P)’s hull mounted with streamlined upper superstructure and front mounted plow (ploughshare).
In May of 1943, three superstructures were completed and three Raumpanzers were ready in August of 1943. Their fate is unknown after August of 1943, but it is unlikely that they saw any combat and probably remained at Nibelungenwerke. Unfortunately, no photographic evidence survived the period ...
For some time circulated in the Web this photo below, showing a parked Raumpanzer between T-34s, after capture. But the Raumpanzer this photo is totally fake.
|Fake pic: a model kit and Photoshop... and the History is retold!|
It is thought that the vehicle was to be operated by a basic crew of a driver and the MG operator. An interesting fact is that the concept of barricade and obstacle destroyer tanks were used later (when the German cities were being devastated by air bombing) as obstacle-clearing specialized tanks, the Ramschaufelpanzers.
|Ramschaufelpanzer Panther - Panther Ausf D dozer blade - front right view|
|Ramschaufelpanzer Panther - Panther Ausf D dozer blade - front left view|
|My Panther dozer Girl !!!|
...and the Stug IV version dozer blade ( I'm building one of these little beauties, soon):
|Ramschaufelpanzer Stug IV - Notice the data of the pic...|
|Ramschaufelpanzer Stug IV in action...|
|Raumpanzer Tiger (P)|
|Type||barricade / obstacle destroyer tank|
|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Produced||May - August 1943|
|Number built||3 (?)|
|Weight||53.000 - 59.000 Kg|
|Crew||2 (Commander- driver , MG -radio-operator )|
|Armor||50 - 30 mm (superestructure)|
|7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun|
|Engine||2 x Porsche Typ 101/1 / 10-cylinder / 320hp|
|150 km road|
90 km cross-country
|Speed||30 kilometres per hour|
Well...For these crazier than usual projects I have a rule: be the most economical possible. Love use scrap and spare parts...and tons of light scratch. Just for fun!!!
For the chassi, I used an old Italeri, scrapped:
|Italeri #278 Tiger-Ferdinand kit 1/35|
|The scrap kit...love using scraps in crazy projects ....|
For superestructure, I used the Rammtiger VK4501 Conversion for Italeri Elefant - Airmodel - #AM-553. Vacu (and cheap) stuff...
|Airmodel vacu conversion kit.|
|My lack of patience .... I had to prove the shell|
Like any vacuumformed kit, the first thing is demarcate the limits of the cuts ...
|Marking the edges....|
|The kit needs some surgery, also ...|
|Like a turtle...with bad attitude...|
|Reinforcing the front blade with plasticard ...|
As the vehicle is a paper-panzer, I decided to have a little freedom of expression: a top access hatch would be very welcome. And a shield (or deflector) for the debris that the vehicle would move, protecting the upper hatch (from Tiger I )...
|Debris deflector and Tiger I hatch...|
|Rear details: two doors hatch, ladder, etc...|
A detail: I think a reinforcement in the front portion of the superstructure would be a logical solution engineering. And I did.
|A structure to dissipate the energy of the hull to the chassis|
Well, primmer time...the color and texture of the primer help detect flaws ....
|I love my Dremel Versatip to do weld markings...|
A profile as a template for markings and colors:
|...and red brown for cammo|
|Markings...I don't like the name in the tank...|
|Keep distance; a good advice!!|
|As I didn't like the name, let's rip the thing ...|
|Fixed...much better !!|
|Starting the waethering...|
|A girl little a bruised by the hard work ...|
And the girl done: Raumpanzer "Tiger" (P) - Rammtiger
|Raumpanzer "Tiger" (P) - right side|
|Raumpanzer "Tiger" (P) - left side|
|Raumpanzer "Tiger" (P) - rear view|
|Notice the absence of the MG barrel gun.|
The gunner only install the gun if necessary...
The debris that the front opening swallowed
could destroy the machine gun barrel...
|Notice the absence of the searchlight for the same reason...|
|Size comparison...Raumpanzer "Tiger"and Sherman V OP Royal Marines|
Ok, Gents...This is the typical build project that is fast and pleasurable to do. With little thing, we have a rare and unique vehicle in our collection ...
Worth it !!!