Sunday, October 7

Better pictures of Takom's new Bergepanther Ausf G in 35th scale.

Takom has released a rather colourful banner featuring the Bergepanther Ausf.G in 35th scale, but we have those renders in a larger size so you can look for yourself, of course with a few pictures of the real thing in our preview...



Takom's new Bergepanther Ausf G in 35th scale coming in November!
With more than a few manufacturers making their own version of the Panther, it was only a matter of time before someone made a new version of the Bergepanther. Three companies have stepped up this year already with newly tooled kits. 

We have pictures of Takom's new Ausf G Bergepanther, and a little bit of history and a few pictures also... 

Don't know much about the Bergepanther? We have a limited history of the vehicles that were made...
SdKfz 179 Bergepanther Ausf G - Production Information
Manufacturer Demag
Type Armored recovery vehicle
Engine Maybach HL230 P30 engine
Speed 46 kph
Armament (often changed)
1 x 20 mm KwK 38 or 1 x 7.92 mm MG 42
Crew 5
Year introduced 1942 onwards - Ausf G 1944 onwards
The SdKfz 179 Bergepanther was an armoured recovery vehicle that was used by Germany during World War II. It was based on the chassis of the Panzer V Panther with the first production model was the Ausf. A version. The Bergepanzer Sd.Kfz. 179 or Berge-Panzerkampfwagen Sd.Kfz. 179 was often abbreviated to Pz.Berge.Wg Panther I Sd.Kfz. 179.

The Bergepanther first began its development in 1942 because of the need for a heavy duty tank recovery vehicle that came about with the introduction of German heavy armour such as the Panther medium tank or Tiger I heavy tanks. These generally required up to three SdKfz 9 Famo half-tracks to recover them compared to the single half-track needed to tow a Panzer III or Panzer IV. Tigers at the time were also valued highly, a little more so than the Panthers considering the Tiger's smaller production numbers. This made the Panther the preferred base for the new heavy armoured recovery vehicle. 
These vehicles produced by MAN were subsequently shipped off to serve during the Battle of Kursk and after some success in the role were then used in various other battles until the end of the war. Around two to four Bergepanthers were allocated to each tank unit.

The Bergepanther had a crew of five men and a Maybach HL230 P30 engine, which, just like the standard Panther medium tank, propelled the vehicle to speeds of up to 46 km/h. 
The main and obvious difference between the Bergepanther and the original Panther was that the Bergepanther had a 40,000 kg winch and cable system that replaced the turret. For defensive armament, some Bergepanthers mounted a 20 mm KwK 38 cannon and an additional MG 42 machine gun.  The very first production models, however, did not receive the KwK 38. Furthermore, these first models only had wooden coverings over the hatch that opened to let engineers take out tools from inside the vehicle.

The Bergepanther also had a 7 speed forward, 1-speed reverse transmission system with a maximum range of about 200 kilometres. Another commonly added feature was a rear-mounted spade which acted as a counterbalance when recovering a vehicle. 
Variants
It is quite difficult to describe the variants of the Bergepanther series because most models had several modifications from each other and numerous other sub-modifications based on factory requirements or field needs. The main variants, however, were the first production model, the Ausf. A using the Panther Ausf. A hull as a base. The second most numerous were the Ausf. G.
The Bergepanther G was based on the Panther Ausf. G hull. In between, models, as mentioned above, had varying equipment loads such as the implementation of a counterbalance spade or the defensive 20mm KwK 38. 
I know of two Bergepanthers that can be readily seen in museums. One in the Musee des Blindes in Saumur in France, and another in the Panzer Museum in Munster, Germany. Both of these show different customizations, so likewise you could make your own Bergepanther into a version of whatever you like within reason.
In October 1944, DEMAG switched to the production of an improved version of the Bergepanter, Ausf.G (chassis numbers from 175664). Different sources cite conflicting data regarding this option: for one, the Bergepanters Ausf.G were based on the Panther chassis of the same modification, for others, despite this coincidence, the modifications of the BREM and the base tank were not related, but the Panther chassis Ausf.G began to be used by BREM independently, since October 1944. Especially for the “Bergepanter” of this modification were created: a modified body with equipment layouts, a transmission and brake ventilation system, exhaust pipes, fuel tanks, air filters, electrical equipment, installation of a radio station and external fixtures for equipment. The rest of the chassis components were interchangeable with the base tank, and the repair and evacuation equipment did not change compared with Ausf.A, except for transferring the crane brackets from the side plates to the roof of the engine compartment, however, the 20-mm gun provided by the project was eliminated Ausf.A.
The Bergepaner Ausf.G replaced the Ausf.A version on the assembly lines, according to some data, in September, according to others - in October or November 1944. According to different sources, the production of Ausf.G on DEMAG lasted until February 1945 with the release of 107 cars of this modification or until April, but with the release of only 45 BREM. General data on the release of "Bergepanter" range from 290 (not counting the refitted) to 297 BREM or 347 new and refitted machines. During serial production the design of the Bergepanter, both modifications common to the Panther chassis and a number of specific BREMs were made: transfer of anti-aircraft machine gun installations to periscope covers, insertion of anchorage for crane and wooden bars, brackets for rigid towing coupling at the stern, swing frame for the awning above the control section, alteration of the central aft towing bracket as well as various changes in the equipment layouts

Bergepanzer Ausf.G Sd.Kfz. 179 Full Interior kit.
From: Takom
1/35th scale
Kit No# 2107
kit features a full interior
Due in November 2018

The facts about the kit from Takom we know so far:
The kit is an adaption of the new-tooled kit of the Bergepanther "G" coming soon.
Designed by the Liang Sun from T-Rex Studio
Forward crew compartment included inside and out
Due in November 2018

Kit features the Mg34 defensive weapon on the Bergepanther.
Crane jib arm can be depicted in position or stored for transport
Complete crane and reels included, the fighting compartment interior is included, as well as the engine compartment including a full Maybach HL 210 powerplant.
 You can see the whole "shebang" inside the hull with a great deal of detail. No resin needed here guys!
Link & Length track links are included.

This kit will be available within the next two months from Takom's Website or their distributors worldwide.