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1/72 Roden – 712 – 15cm Panzerwerfer 42 Auf.Sf (Finished model)

Some history.
The German Panzerwerfer is one of two different types of half-tracked multiple rocket launchers employed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. The two self-propelled artillery vehicles are the 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Selbstfahrlafette Sd.Kfz.4/1 (based on the Opel Maultier, or “mule”, half-track) and 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 auf Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper (or Panzerwerfer auf SWS).
Specifics

The Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier weighed 7.1 tonnes, was six meters long, two meters wide, and nearly three meters high. It was capable of reaching speeds of up to 40 km/h. One of these half tracked vehicles generally carried a Nebelwerfer 41 launching system, which was specially designed to be mounted on the Opel-engine powered Panzerwerfer. The German engineers designed this system because of the conspicuous trails of smoke left behind by the Nebelwerfer batteries, which necessitated a self-propelled artillery piece. The system contained 10 missile tubes, and generally carried 20 projectiles, enough for the vehicle to fire two full salvos.

Though intended to provide fire support and operate well behind the point of contact, some Panzerwerfers also had a machine gun mounted above the cab for protection against infantry attack.

About kit:
In post-Soviet countries, the Ukrainian company RODEN making very good models of AFV in 72 scale ( in comparison with other companies in Ukraine ).

Assemble the model very easily. Little effort is to attach to the chassis, so it turned out even. Since the machine was supposed to look like an abandoned, I had to make some details manually. This top hatches and bolts on them, and the side door cabinets. Just had to make some of the fixtures were not in the set, but that was on the machine. Just added additional armor with tracks on sides and front of model.

Painting:
That would give the appearance of a very shabby car, white camouflage was applied in several layers. Washed off and re-stained. For this I used the hairspray technique. In painting as I usually used artistic acrylic and oil, plus some weathering kits of “mig”.

Vignette is ready for a model, but it’s in need of painting. Soon I’ll show how it will look together. 

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Roden range can be found through our utility as well as this concrete model.