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1/72 Sd.Kfz.173 Jagdpanther Late Production, East Prussia 1945
Barcode: 0 89195 60554 2
Case Pack: 24 pieces per carton
Box Size: 7.2" x 3.1" x 3.7"
Germany produced numerous types of tank destroyers during WWII, and in the defensive battles that characterized the latter half of the war, they proved very effective. Perhaps at the apex of the tank destroyer evolutionary tree was the Sd.Kfz.173 Jagdpanther. This vehicle was based on the famous Panther tank. The turret was replaced with a well-sloped superstructure that mounted an 8.8cm PaK 43 cannon, with an MG34 machine gun also fitted in the glacis plate. This long-barreled gun, the same as that fitted to the Kingtiger, was a potent weapon, and 55 ammo rounds were carried internally. Maximum armor thickness was 100mm and the vehicle had relatively good mobility. The Jagdpanther was ordered in late 1942, and production of 415 vehicles commenced in January 1944. The 45.5-tonne Jagdpanther fought on both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and took a heavy toll on enemy tanks. Production can be classified into two main variants – an Early and a Late – with primary differences including the mantlet and engine deck.
Dragon Armor is pleased to offer a new 1/72 scale model of a Late-Production Jagdpanther. The vehicle is produced in stunning detail. The sleek profile is accurately represented and the model’s finished in a distinctive late-war camouflage scheme of three color bands. The unknown-unit vehicle fought in East Prussia as Germany progressively retreated in the face of Russian assaults, as the war drew to an inevitable close in 1945. The fully built-up model also carries a suitable amount of weathering to give it just the right air of authenticity. It makes a useful counterpart to Dragon Armor’s previous Jagdpanther.
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