Leading up to WWII in the 1930s, Germany was attempting to refill its arsenals and the military leadership relied heavily on the Pz.Kpfw.I. Some 1493 examples of all types were built and these light tanks served in early campaigns even though they were supposed to be just training platforms. Mass production of the Ausf.A commenced in 1934, while the improved Ausf.B with a different engine appeared in August 1935. The Ausf.B was lengthened and it had five road wheels per side. The Panzer I was thinly armored with just 13mm steel at its thickest point. It operated with a crew of two the commander/gunner and driver. An unusual version of this small tank was the Abwurfvorrichtung, literally a Demolition Charge Layer. These modified tanks were typically found in the panzer-pionier-bataillon of panzer divisions in 1940 in time for the campaign in Western Europe. The conversion comprised a device mounted on the rear deck that could lower a 50kg explosive charge onto or against a field fortification before it was then detonated.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer's suggested colors.
Skill Level: 3
Series: '39-'45 SmartKit
Features: Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey with clear and photo-etched parts
- Newly designed Pz.Kpfw.I mit Abwurfvorrichtung with intricate spring molded on bottom and optional position cover
- Accurately detailed idler wheels, suspension system and side fenders with tread pattern
- Multi-part lower hull
- Accurate glacis plate with removable transmission inspection cover and realistic bolt detail
- Movable gun assembly
- Multi-directional slide-molded turret with accurate bolt detail
- Detailed engine deck, suspension with coil spring and air-intake grill
- Engine hatches, turret roof hatch, fighting compartment access hatch and the drivers and turret vision port covers can be assembled open or closed
- On-vehicle tools with molded-on clasps
- Includes convenient Magic Tracks
*Use only cement for polystyrene plastic*