PzKpfw II Ausf. F Eastern Front



Kit of the German light tank Pz. Kpfw. II Ausf. F, also known as Panzer II Ausf. F, represents the last large-scale variant of this basic light tank of Wehrmacht from the initial period of WWII. The model captures a variety of modifications of the version F compared to the previously released models of variants c, A, B or C.

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The light tank Panzer Kampfwagen II was built before the Second World War as a simple construction intended primarily for the training of fast-assembled armoured Wehrmacht units. Although it was clear from the outset to the German command that the main armament of the tank forces would be medium tanks, their construction was delayed. Both constructions - the lighter Pz. Kpfw. III and heavier Pz. Kpfw IV have lots of technical issues linked to their revolutionary construction. None of them was in a state ready for large-scale production. In contrast, the Pz. Kpfw.II design quickly reached a stage where childhood ailments were removed, and large-scale production could take place. The situation has not changed much since the outbreak of World War II. Although the middle tanks were already available, their amount was not enough. Therefore, during the battle for Poland and during the whole Western campaign, the Pz Kpfw II was the by the numbers the main German tank in the first line. Fortunately, the Czechoslovak constructions of Lt. 35 a Lt. 38, which were significantly more armed helped to overcome the situation. The first battles in Poland revealed the deficiencies of the PzKpfw II tanks - weak armour, lack of view from the turret. To remedy these deficiencies, the tanks were modified with additional armour. Both at the front of the turret and mainly in front of the hull. The Wehrmacht command expected that the C-series tanks so modified would be the last ones produced. However, the complexity of medium tanks production forced the production of another PzKpfw II version - Ausf. F. All previous modifications were incorporated into the design and production was continuing. The tanks received a straight front of the hull of somewhat different shape than the provisional armour of the previous series. The front plate in front of the driver was flat, and on the other side there was a blind slit that was supposed to confuse the enemy on which side the driver was. The weapon shield on turret was different. The modification then passed the engine cover and the most visible change at the rear was the exhaust modification. Tanks were used for the first time during the campaign on the Eastern Front, although the firstly they are mentioned already in the Balkans. It has been shown briefly that despite all the improvements, the tanks are only suitable for recognition or protection of communications or training. The tanks were no longer able to compete with Soviet tanks, but their characteristics - a sturdy construction, a low silhouette, and a relatively high speed - eventually caused them to survive in units until the end of the war. They were used in Africa, Italy and were also deployed in the fighting in the West.

The kit in “Profi” version contains a number of details - parts of plastic are supplemented with resin casted parts and metal brassed gun barrels. The plastic parts are capturing the differences of version F from the previous modifications. The new is the front part of the hull including straight armour in front of the driver, different is the shield of the turret or the cover of the engine compartment. The chassis has other tension wheels. Brassed gun barrels are available for both – main 20mm gun and machine gun. They bring a degree of detail that cannot be made of plastic.