Panzer 38(t) Light Tank
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by Stephen Brezinski
Edited by Rob Haelterman
in-the-box kit review covers the smallscale light battle tank developed
by CKD and absorbed into the German Army following the German dissection
and takeover of Czechoslovakia. The initial Czech name was the CKD
LT vz. 38. The letter designation (t) in 38(t) stands for tschechisch,
the German word for Czech. This was a very successful AFV and widely
used during the invasion of Poland, France, Balkans and the USSR.
It was also used by the Slovak, Swedish and Romanian armies. The chassis
and hull were later used as the basis for the Marder III Panzerjäger
(tank destroyer), SP artillery, and the Jagdpanzer 38 (a.k.a. Hetzer)
and the Swiss G-13. The surplus turrets were used in fixed fortifications.
The Pz 38(t) was designed as a 3-person tank but the Germans managed
to squeeze in a fourth crewmember, a loader, to reduce the workload
on the commander/gunner.
Notice that the model in the foreground has the commander’s cupola closed, while the model in the background has an open cupola hatch. We can see the riveted hull and turret armor plate, the four large roadwheels on the spring suspension.
Based on the straight driver’s plate, I believe that this appears to be a Pz 38(t) Ausf. E, F or G. The addition of separate outer sprocket and idler wheels improves the simplified quick-build suspension. The track is a bit thick but I have seen worse. At the bottom left are a choice of commander’s cupola with both open and with closed hatches. The muffler exhaust pipe and 3.7-cm gun barrel muzzle can be drilled out.
is a decent quick build model geared largely to the wargamer though
it can be detailed into a respectable display model. To me this model
appears similar in detail to the Pz 38(t) kit WW2V20019 from Plastic
Soldier Co. Improvements can include scribing armor plate lines,
adding storage boxes, tow cable, and spare tracks, and a good crew
figure. Decal markings can be bought separately such as from Peddinghaus
Decals or left over from a UM
or an Attack Models Pz 38
Review sample purchased by the author.