Panzerkampfwagen II were produced in larger numbers than originally expected, to serve as a stopgap véhicule until production of the Pz.Kpfw. III et IV series picked up. The earlier Ausf. II.A had been used as the main battle tank in Poland, but it was no match for the heavily armoured Char B1 et char Somua which the Wehrmacht encountered en France the following year. Pz.Kpfw. II.F received better frontal armour et many of the older Ausf. A, B et C were uparmoured to this standard as well. From 1940, the véhicule served primarily aux pelotons de reconnaissance de cinque Pz.Kpfw. II.F attached to Panzer companies, bataillons et regiments. Pour l'Invasion de l'URSS a flamethrower variant, the Pz.Kpfw. II(Fl) was produced. Surviving véhicules were withdrawn from the Eastern Front en 1942 et converted to Marder II tank destroyers, mounting a 75 mm PaK 40.
Deux figurines, base de diorama et Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F
- Type: char de combat
- Longueur: 4.80 m
- Largeur: 2.29 m
- Hauteur: 2.00 m
- Poids: 9.5 t
- Armement: 20 mm L/55, MG 34
- Vitesse: 40 km/h sur route
- Équipage: chef de char, conducteur, tireur
- Année: 1940-1943
- Scale model avec much raised detail et some external stowage.
- Bon choix de sujet, a very important et versatile model.
- Choice of open ou closed turret hatches.
- Compatible avec Airfix, Fujimi, Nitto, et VAC-U-CAST.
- Many small parts make this a more difficult véhicule to build. Road wheels need to dry at least 24 hours before the tracks are fitted. It is best to skip step 3 of the assembly process initially et return to it after the véhicule is finished.
- The 20 mm gun (part #14) does not have a peg which fits into the mantlet, it must be trimmed to the right length et then carved to a point which will fit into the hole.
- The body assembly proved more difficult than expected. The upper deck did not fit well onto the lower hull et track assembly, large cracks appeared. Clothes-pins had to be applied to hold the deck firmly in place while it dried.
- Véhicule commander not included. Le char may be modelled avec an open turret hatch, it would have been nice to mount a figurine in it.
- Approximately 5% smaller than the 1/72 scale figurine standard. Not a problem in this case, the véhicule is the only one on the market et it may be deployed in formation alongside Pz.Kpfw. I et Pz.Kpfw. III produced by Fujimi et Matchbox.
- Aufklärungszug (Peloton de Reconnaissance) de cinque Panzer II Ausf. F
- Panzerkompanie, 1940-1942
- Panzerbataillon, 1940-1943
- Panzerregiment, 1940-1943
- X. Panzer Division, 14. Panzer Korps, Eastern Front, Summer 1941
- XV. Panzer Division, Afrika Korps, Avril 1942
Possibilités de Conversions
- Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. A, 1939-1940 (peloton de five chars)
- Pz.Kpfw. II(Fl) (Flamingo), flamethrower, Eastern Front Juin 1941 – Mars 1942
- Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G(?), rearmed avec un canon de 37 mm L/33 français capturé. The gun was mounted centrally through the existing mantlet, et le char lost its coaxial MG. En 1941, one each of these véhicules was issued to Pz.Kpfw. II platoons.
- Sd.Kfz. 131, Marder II (tank-hunter) avec 75 mm PaK 40, Mai 1942-1945
- Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. L (Lynx), reconnaissance véhicule avec 20 mm L/55, 1944-1945
The Pz.Kpfw. II is an important véhicule which saw much more combat than expected. The véhicule had an interesting et varied career, which began as a main battle tank during the 1939 invasion of Poland. Less than a year later, Pz.Kpfw. II were relegated to reconnaissance duties in Panzer formations now operating the mass produced Pz.Kpfw. III.F as their new main battle tank. Flamethrower, reconnaissance and tank-hunter conversions extended the service life of the véhicule until the end of the war. Compared to other Matchbox kits, this particular véhicule is relatively difficult to build et it requires carful attention et patience from the hobbyist. Since many Pz.Kpfw. II et Marder II conversion will be required for wargaming purposes, we recommend that entire platoons of them are produced in assembly-line fashion. Given some experience avec the kit, the model builder will achieve more consistent results in less time per véhicule.
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