Monday, July 16

Bronco's new "Little Flamingo" - the 35th scale Panzerkampfwagen II (Flamm) Ausf.E (Sk.KFZ.122)

It seems Bronco models like Flammenpanzers! We have seen the Panzer II version as recently as a year ago from Bronc - now the German Panzerkampfwagen II (Flamm) Ausf.E (Sk.KFZ.122) is coming in the 1/35th scale we have some of the CAD feature sets, the colours and renders of what it may look like in our new item preview...
A new kit in August from Bronco Models:

German Panzerkampfwagen II (Flamm) Ausf.E (Sk.KFZ.122)
From Bronco Models
Kit No #CB35124
1/35th scale
Seen here in some pretty nice box-top artwork, this new Ausf.E Flammenpanzer II is an odd one - not many people might know about it we would think, so before we look at the kit's feature set and CAD images of the expected kit what about a little history...

Flammpanzer II Flamingo / PzKpfw II(F) (Sd. Kfz. 122) or Panzerkampfwagen II Flamm Ausf A und Ausf B or Flammpanzer II Flamingo

On February 21,1939 German Army HQ ordered the development of Flammpanzer (flame-thrower tank). Both producers of Panzer II, MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nuremberg) and Daimler-Benz were selected to develop that project. Shortly after, July of 1939, soft-steel prototype based on Panzer II Ausf D/E's chassis was built. It was armed with two flame-throwers mounted on track guards on each side. Flame-throwers were mounted in special turret-like cases (Spitzkopfe) that allowed them to operate at 180 degrees radius. Each flame-thrower had its own fuel tank with 160 litres capacity which was enough to fire 80 "shots" at the maximum range of 25 meters. Flame-throwers fuel consisted of a mixture of oil and gasoline that was "shot" with help of pressurized nitrogen stored in six pressurized tanks. Flame-thrower was ignited with acetylene "lighter". For additional armament MG34 7.92mm for which 1800 rounds were carried inside. A machine gun was mounted in a small rotating turret (Kugelblende). Its crew consisted of three men (driver, radio operator and commander/flame-thrower operator) and its armour protection ranged from 14.5mm to 30mm thickness. PzKpfw II (F) was powered by 6 cylinder Maybach HL62 TRM engine with total power of 140hp.
PzKpfw II(F) Development and Use:
From April to September of 1939, MAN produced 46 complete chassis, which were to be converted into Flammpanzers by Wegmann & Co.(Kassel). Conversion started in January of 1940. In March of 1940, another 30 PzKpfw II Ausf D/Es were taken from 7th (10) and 8th (20) Panzer Divisions and were converted to PzKpfw II(F)s. Overall, 90 PzKpfw II(F)s were produced from May to December of 1940. 87 were finished by October 1940 and other 3 were finished in February of 1941. In March of 1940, new order for 150 PzKpfw II(F)s was placed but only 90 were built until August of 1941. The rest of the order was completed as regular PzKpfw II Ausf D tanks. In December of 1941, it was ordered that both 90 Flammpanzers and 60 tanks were to be completed as mounts for self-propelled anti-tank guns - Marder IIs. The total number of PzKpfw II(F)s produced was 90. 
All PzKpfw II(F)s were issued to Panzerabteilung (F) 100 and Panzer Abteilung (F) 101. During Operation Barbarossa, Panzerabteilung (F) 100 was attached to 18th Panzer Division and Panzerabteilung (F) 101 was attached to the 7th Panzer Division. Flammpanzers saw service in Russia until late 1941, when both units were withdrawn to Germany and reorganized. Surviving Flammpanzers were converted into Marder IIs. A number of turrets removed from converted Flammpanzer II tanks ended up as part of German fortification e.g. in Norway. PzKpfw II(F)s were used as a close combat weapon working with the support of infantry. Today, fully restored and operational Flammpanzer II can be seen in the "Wehrtechnik Museum" in Koblenz Germany.

Weight: 12000kg
Crew: 3 men
Engine: Maybach HL 62 TRM / 6-cylinder / 140hp
Speed: 55km/h
Range: Road: 250km
Lenght: 4.90m
Width: 2.40m
Height: 1.85m
Armament: 2 x Flammenwerfer-Anlagen & 7.92mm MG34
Ammo: 320 litres fuel
7.92mm - 1800 rounds
Armor (mm/angle): Front Turret: 30/0
Front Superstructure: 30/9
Front Hull: 30/9
Side Turret: 20/21
Side Superstructure: 14.5-25 + 15/0
Side Hull: 14.5/0
Rear Turret: 20/30
Rear Superstructure: 14.5/15
Rear Hull: 14.5/0
Turret Top / Bottom: 10/84-90
Superstructure Top / Bottom: 10/79-90
Hull Top / Bottom: 5/90

Ths kit from Bronco Models: We have a CAD walk around of the kit from Bronco Models in 35h scale
Some of the features of this kit in CAD mockups, these show Photo-Etch and features of the kit that is nearing completion.
There are three schemes to go with this kit in four different markings with decals supplied of course.
More on this kit as it comes to us nearer its release in August (we think). or check out the Bronco Models Website for more on their kits.