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Published on Oct 8, 2011
This kit from Cyberhobby is only an old reboxed Dragon kit without any special features exept some photo etched parts for the MG and engine grille. There are decals included for one vehicle that appears in a japanese manga comic "Die Erzahlung des Schwarzen Ritters" by Motofumi Kobayashi. I wasn´t interested in this version, i bought this kit because it was very beneficial, so i used different decals.
I painted the model with acrylic paints from Revell, for weathering i used MIG porducts, like "Dark Wash" or pigments.
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz. 138/2), later known as Hetzer ("baiter"), was a German light tank destroyer of the Second World War based on a modified Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis. The project was inspired by the Romanian "Mareşal" tank destroyer.
The name Hetzer was at the time not commonly used for this vehicle. It was the designation for a related prototype, the E-10. The Škoda factory for a very short period confused the two names in its documentation and the very first unit equipped with the vehicle thus for a few weeks applied the incorrect name until matters were cleared. However, there exists a memorandum from Heinz Guderian to Hitler incorrectly claiming that an unofficial name, Hetzer, had spontaneously been coined by the troops. Post-war historians basing themselves on this statement made the name popular in their works, the vehicle was never named as such in official documents.
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) fitted into the lighter category of German tank destroyers that began with the Panzerjäger I, continued with the Marder series and ended with the Jagdpanzer 38(t). The 75 mm PaK 39 L/48 gun of the Jagdpanzer 38(t) was a modified version of the 75 mm StuK 40 L/48 used in the StuG III and StuG IV assault guns. With this gun the Jagdpanzer 38(t) was able to destroy nearly all allied or soviet tank types in service at long ranges (except heavy tanks) and its fully enclosed armor protection made it a safer vehicle to crew than the open.topped Marder II or Marder III series.
The Jagdpanzer 38(t) was one of the most common late-war German tank destroyers. It was available in relatively large numbers and was generally mechanically reliable. Also, its small size made it easier to conceal than larger vehicles.
Like some other late-war German SPGs, the Jagdpanzer 38(t) mounted a remote-control machine gun mount which could be fired from within the vehicle. This proved popular with crews, though to reload the gun a crewmember needed to expose himself to enemy fire.
Its main failings were comparatively thin side armor, limited ammunition stowage, poor gun traverse, as well as torsion bars and drive wheels that were prone to failure due to the increased weight.
I don´t own the rights for the music.
Music: "Briefing theme 1" from the PC game "Codename Panzers Phase 1"