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    German Tank Destroyer Sonderkraftfahrzeug 173 Jagdpanther Ausf.G1

    MENG Plastic model kit for the construction of a German tank Sonderkraftfahrzeug 173 Jagdpanther Ausf.G1 of the Second WW, in 1/35 scale.

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    Plastic kit from MENG, for the assembly of a German tank of WW II, in 1/35 scale. Includes sprues with plastic parts, assembly instructions, clear parts, metallic parts, P.E. parts and decals.

    The Jagdpanther (German: "hunting panther"), Sd.Kfz. 173, was a tank destroyer built by Germany during WW II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service in 1944 during the later stages of the war on the Eastern and Western Fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the 8.8 cm Pak 43 cannon, similar to the main gun of the Tiger II, and the armor and suspension of the Panther chassis. During the last stages of the war, limited German production resulted in small production numbers, shortage of spare parts, and shortened crew training periods of younger operators. The Jagdpanther was preceded by two attempts at mounting an 8.8 cm gun as a self-propelled anti-tank weapon; Ferdinand using the ninety-one leftover Porsche-built VK 45.01 (P) chassis from the Tiger tank competition it lost to Henschel in 1942, and the Nashorn using a Panzer III/IV chassis. Ferdinand proved to be too heavy, and Nashorn lightly armored and under-powered. A heavy tank destroyer design based on the 8.8 cm Pak 43 gun and the Panther tank chassis was ordered in late 1942. The full-size model by Daimler-Benz was demonstrated in October 1943 before Hitler. MIAG-built prototypes followed in October/November 1943. Production started in January 1944; in February, Hitler specified the simpler Jagdpanther name instead of its original "8.8 cm Pak 43/3 auf Fahrgestell Panther".

    Scale
    1/35
    Era
    WWII
    Nationality
    Germany
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