Monday, October 29, 2012

PzIIIm

I acquired these two from an online auction some time ago



For CD3 they can represent almost any version of the PzIII, I chose this one (M) because they were quite common between 1942-43; in fact they served in limited numbers through to the end of 1944 in several different theatres of the war


As always, Paul http://plasticwarriors.blogspot.co.nz/ helped me out with the third tank needed to complete the company



All three are by Esci


This model had been up-gunned to the, infinitely more suitable, 50L60 


Don't know if these side-skirts are included with this kit, or if they were added by the previous owner? Either way they look good, and between them and the figure in the turret make for an obvious command vehicle


All painted with Vallejo colours, crew figure and decals from the spares department. My only mid-war PzIII company so far.

17 comments:

  1. Nice looking tanks there. Great paintwork on both models sir!

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  2. Echoing Anne's statement, that's some fine paintwork you've done Al.

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  3. nice work, a very nice set of tanks in a very nice set of photo's

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  4. The single colour disruption pattern in brown is very nice - just the ticket. You're right on the length of service - there are good photos of pristine PzIIIs in Norway at the very end of the war. In fact the Norwegians used them in the Cold War for airfield defence.

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    1. Thanks, interesting details, I've got a few cold war items too

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  5. Nicely done. The ESCI kit of the Pz3 came (according to my less than completely reliable memory) in two versions. The Pz3M included side and turret skirts and the Flammpanzer version lacked these. My own early Pz3s were built from the former, retro-converted and without the skirts. The extra armour was rescued from the spares box years later and cut down to fit the Matchbox Pz3. Confused? Me too.

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    1. Thanks tim, great details. You should write a history of kits book and retire:)

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    2. A kind thought Al - but only you and Paul would buy it!

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  6. Great work Al, a nice uniform pattern for the Company.

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  7. Your only PZ III company, but it sure looks cool Al. I like them. :)

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  8. Thanks all, thoughtful comments, as always:)

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  9. good score mate, bag those puppies for christmas games (downunder nz)

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    1. Thanks Dave, see you then mate :)

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