THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Jagdpanther Ausf. G1,
schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 560, 1945
Model Dimensions 11cm x 23cm x 8.5cm
Model Weight 712g
The Jagdpanther ("hunting panther") was a tank destroyer
built by Nazi Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank.
It entered service in 1944
during the later stages of the war on the Eastern andÂ Western Fronts.
The Jagdpanther combined the 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon of the Tiger II
and the characteristically excellent armor
and suspension of the Panther chassis.
Mounting the deadly 8.8 cm PaK 43/3 L/71 cannon
and protected by well-sloped 80 mm frontal armor,
the Jagdpanther proved its worth as the most fearsome German tank destroyer of the war.
Although too few were produced to affect the outcome of the war,
the Jagdpanther represented an ideal blend of lethality,
and mobility that could destroy any allied tank with ease.
The GA-01 Jagdpanther is painted in a factory tri-camo pattern
and features the choice of cannon barrel
painted in factory heat resistant grey lacquer, or tri-camo.
During WW2, German tank cannon barrels
were delivered to the tank factories
and to combat units finished in both grey
and Dunkelgelb (dark yellow) heat resistant lacquer.
While the Jagdpanther's markings are historically
accurate for numerous Jagdpanther units,
this model is meant to represent a Jagdpanther fromÂ schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 560
(Heavy Tank Destroyer Battalion 560).
This German Heer (Army) unit was originally armed with Nashorn tank destroyers
but converted to a mixed unit composed of one company of Jagdpanthers
and two companies of Jagdpanzer IV L/70 tank destroyers
in preparation for the Battle of the Bulge.
It was attached to the 12.
SS-Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" and fought with this famous
division in the final German offensives against the allies on both the West and East Fronts.
First, against the Americans during the Battle of the Bulge
and later in 1945Â against the Russians during Operation Spring Awakening,
the offensive near Lake Balaton in Hungary meant to relieve the siege of Budapest.
This first model represents a late production Jagdpanther Ausf.
G1 as produced by Mühlenbau und Industrie A.G (MIAG) in October 1944,
and includes interior detail,
removable schürzen side armor panels, and opening crew hatches,
engine compartment, and a choice of Grey or Camouflaged gun Barrell.
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