Tuesday, 13 October 2020

1/72 (20mm) WW2 German PaK 38 & PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Guns: The Plastic Soldier Company

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

 

 

The Plastic Soldier Company produces a 1/72 scale (20mm) set of World War 2 German PaK 38 and PaK 97/38 anti-tank guns.  The set allows you to build either the 5cm PaK 38 anti-tank gun or the 7.5cm PaK 97/38 anti-tank gun and includes a crew of 6 men.  The set includes eight sprues: Four anti-tank gun sprues and four gun crew sprues.

 

 

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

German PaK 38 & PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Gun and Crew sprue (side 1)

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

German PaK 38 & PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Gun and Crew sprue (side 2)

 

 

 

The successor of the 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun, the PaK 38 is a 50 mm calibre anti-tank gun capable of penetrating the sloped frontal armour (45mm thick) of the Soviet T-34 tank at close range.  With the German invasion and occupation of France, the German military acquired numerous pieces of French military equipment, which they adapted to their military.  The more powerful 7.5cm PaK 97/38 anti-tank gun is one such example, as it combines the captured French 7.5 cm barrel with the PaK 38 carriage.

 

I used this kit to build both the 5cm PaK 38 gun and the 7.5cm PaK 97/38 gun.  I built two versions of each anti-tank gun.

 

 

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

7.5cm PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Gun (1) side 1

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

7.5cm PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Gun (1) side 2

 

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

7.5cm PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Gun (2) side 1

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

7.5cm PaK 97/38 Anti-Tank Gun (2) side 2

 

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

5 cm PaK 38 Anti-Tank Gun (1) side 1

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

5 cm PaK 38 Anti-Tank Gun (1) side 2

 

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

5 cm PaK 38 Anti-Tank Gun (2) side 1

 

1/72 Plastic Soldier Company German PaK 38 anti-tank gun

5 cm PaK 38 Anti-Tank Gun (2) side 2

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