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Monday, October 13, 2014

Jagdpanzer E-10 - Trumpeter 1:35

The Entwicklung series, more commonly known as the E-series, was a late-World War II attempt by Germany to produce a standardized series of tank designs. There were to be standard designs in six different weight classes, from which several specialized variants were to be developed. This intended to revert the trend of extremely complex tank designs that had resulted in poor production rates and mechanical unreliability. The E-10 was one of this series  which was meant to replace Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer.

The most interesting future was  suspension which used Belleville washers as the spring medium. There were four units per side, each fitted with a single 1000mm diameter steel tired wheel. The wheels were alternately offset on the axles to straddle a single guide tooth track. One feature of the tank was the ability to reduce its height. This was achieved by rotating the pivot points of the suspension units via cranks driven by hydraulic actuators. The vehicle height could be reduced from 1760mm to 1400 mm.
The end of WWII left this project as a “paper panzer” .
The kit is from Trumpeter , OOB . Tracks borrowed from Dragon’s Pz IV magic tracks set.


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