Paper model of the tank PzKpfw 38 (t)

The paper model of the tank PzKpfw 38 (t)is a Czech light tank from the Second World War.

Materials and tools:

  1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
  2. tweezers;
  3. glue brushes and paint;
  4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
  5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
  6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2;
  7. for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

Build Tips:

  1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
  2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
  3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
  4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface. Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
  5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
  6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
  7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
  8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

A bit of history

Czech light tank PzKpfw 38 (t)

LT vz.38 (Panzerkampfwagen 38 (t), Pz.Kpfw.38 (t)) - Czech light tank from the Second World War.

History

Developed by a group of designers from CKD, under the leadership of a Russian émigré A.M. Surin. Began to be made in 1938. Exported to various countries: Sweden, Iran, Switzerland, Peru.About 1400 tanks of 8 variants were produced (Ausf A / B / C / D / E / F / S / G) in various modifications. Considered the best tank of Czech construction.

Combat use

Czech tanks as part of the German tank units participated in the Polish and French campaigns. On June 1, 1941, there were 763 Pz.Kpfw.38 (t) in stock. Together with 189 trophy LT-35, they were almost a quarter of the tank fleet of the Wehrmacht. On June 22, 1941, in the Wehrmacht’s tank divisions deployed in the USSR, there were about 600 Pz.Kpfw.38 (t) units, which accounted for approximately 18% of the total number of tanks that participated in the attack on the USSR. In the battles on the Soviet-German front, Pz.Kpfw.38 (t) participated until the middle of 1942, when almost all of them were lost or out of order for technical reasons. The German commanders used the surviving machines as training machines, as well as to fight partisans. Some cars (about 40) were handed over to the Slovak army.

Fought on Pz.Kpfw.38 (t). Carius wrote in his memoirs: “We cursed the fragile and inflexible Czech steel, which did not become an obstacle for the Russian anti-tank 45-mm cannon. The wreckage of our own armor plates and the fixing bolts inflicted more damage than the fragments and the projectile itself.



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