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Modelling a German 15cm sIG33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.H (SdKfz I38/I): In 1/35 scale

Modelling a German 15cm sIG33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.H (SdKfz I38/I): In 1/35 scale

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Modelling a German 15cm sIG33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.H (SdKfz I38/I): In 1/35 scale

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69 pagine
28 minuti
Pubblicato:
Jun 20, 2012
ISBN:
9781780969329
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The 'Bison' and Grille' are today's commonly used names for the German self-propelled 15cm schwere Infanteriegeschütz 33 (sIG33) vehicles of World War II. The sIG33 was the most powerful support weapon for the German infantry at the beginning of the war, and from 1940 it was mounted on a range of tracked vehicles. This title provides a detailed, step-by-step guide to modelling a 1/35-scale German self-propelled sIG33 Vehicle. The modeller is led through the various skill levels of construction by combining existing kits with some aftermarket accessories and scratch-built items. Key aspects such as finishing techniques, including painting and displaying your model are also covered. This guide forms part of Osprey Modelling 19 Modelling the German 15cm sIG33 Bison and Grille ebook.
Pubblicato:
Jun 20, 2012
ISBN:
9781780969329
Formato:
Libro

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Introduction

Materials

15cm schwere Infanteriegeschütz 33 (Sf) auf Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf. H (SdKfz 138/1)

Kits available

Museums and Collections

Further reading, media and websites

Colour reference chart

Introduction

The ‘Bison’ and ‘Grille’ are generally accepted names for Germany’s self-propelled 15cm schwere Infanteriegeschütz 33 (sIG33) vehicles from World War II. One of Germany’s chief weapons manufacturers, Rheinmetall, introduced the schwere Infanteriegeschütz 33 (sIG33) in 1927. With a firing range of 4.7km it was the most powerful support weapon for the German infantry, and in January of 1940 the first attempts were made to adapt it to a tracked vehicle. The entire gun carriage, complete with wheels, was mounted on the Panzer I Ausf. B chassis, with tall shields of armour plate added to protect the front and sides. Six companies of these vehicles were deployed on the Western Front, with each company having six self-propelled guns. The sIG33(Sf) auf PzKpfw I Ausf. B (Bison I) stayed in service until 1943. Thirty-eight examples of this vehicle were built.

Efforts to mount the gun on an improved chassis continued soon after the campaign in France. A Panzer II chassis for this vehicle was developed by widening the hull by 32cm and lengthening it by 60cm, necessitating an extra roadwheel. Twelve vehicles were completed after many delays in design and production. The 15cm sIG33B Selbstfahrlafette auf veranderten Panzer II Fahrgestell (Bison II) served in Rommel’s Afrika Korps with sIG Kp (Sf) 707 and 708 from late 1941 to spring 1943. Although it had a lower profile than its successful predecessor, its career was plagued with mechanical problems.

Further efforts to mount the sIG33 gun onto a reliable self-propelled chassis, coupled with the need for a fully enclosed fighting compartment, resulted in 24 Sturminfanteriegeschütz 33B being built on re-worked StuG III hulls. The vehicles were needed on the Eastern Front during the Stalingrad campaign and 12 were delivered for action beginning in November of 1942. They served there with Sturmgeschütz Abteilung 177 until the surrender in February 1943. A surviving example of this vehicle is kept at the Kubinka Museum in Russia. The other 12 vehicles of this type were also sent to the Eastern Front, seven of which ended up serving with the Infanterie Geschütz Batterie of Panzer Regiment 201 of 23.Panzer-Division.

The Grille Ausf. H (SdKfz 138/1) was the adaptation of the sIG33 onto the Czech Panzer 38(t) chassis. The BMM factory in Prague was already developing a mid-engined chassis for the self-propelled gun, but in order to get the Grille into action as quickly as possible, an interim

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