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FLAKPANZER 38T


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This is a full blown conversion of a Panzer 38t to the first of Germany's self propelled anti aircraft guns. The need for a mobile anti aircraft gun was realized on the Russian front. This was a stop gap measure which mounted the effective Flak 36 anti aircraft gun onto the chassis of a Panzer 38T. Less than 300 of these were ever built, but they were in use until the end of the war. This model was a real challenge as it was the first full blown conversion I had ever attempted. Basically the entire upper hull and gun cupola was scratchbuilt from sheet styrene. I managed to obtain good plans and reference photos that were used to make parts out of the sheet styrene. The most daunting task was simulating the HUNDREDS of rivets that cover the entire vehicle. This was accomplished by drilling little holes and inserting cutoff pin heads with epoxy. This conversion took well over several hundred hours of work, but the result was very satisfying. I learned a lot about scratchbuilding in this project that will come in handy in the future.