75mm Pak 40 & KwK 40 ammo
Schatton Kit # 7212
|Preview by Rob Haelterman|
From left to right: Schatton 7212, RB 72P09, RB 72P01, Black Army Modells 72-13
Note that both Schatton and Black Army Modells offer empty shells or complete rounds, while RB offers empty rounds that can be fitted with separate projectiles.
Schatton 7212: KwK 40 & Pak40 ammo
This is a beautifully crafted set with a serious identity crisis.
First the good news. The brass rounds and shells (7 of each) are machined as close as one gets to perfection in Braille Scale. The shells are hollow, giving lots of diorama potential.
The bad news is that nobody told Schatton that the Pak40 and KwK40 used completely different ammo. The 714mm long Pak 40 cartridge case is straight and narrow, while the 495mm long cartridge case used in KwK 40 has a much wider bottle-neck .
The drawing at the bottom shows this to advantage. The difference is very noticeable.
The empty shells in the set have a length of 9.39mm (676.08 scale mm), which means that
is a bit too bulged to really capture the slender looks of a PaK40
round, but a bit too slender for a KwK40 round.
While meant for the PaK40 and KwK40, I feel that the rounds would actually best capture the look of a SprGr. Patr 42 for the KwK42 (see picture below). These had shells that were 640mm long, so the set would be 6% overscale for that. The overall length was 929mm, and in this respect the set is only 4% overscale. Most of all, the overall shape would correspond far better.
RB Model 72P01: KwK 40 & StuK 40 ammo
In this set you get 12 (hollow) cartridges and 9 rounds, all in metal. When it comes to the quality of the parts, this set is on par with the one above. But is it more accurate ?
shells in the set have a length of 7.01mm (504.72 scale mm), which
would make it 2% overscale for a KwK40 round. The shape is very close
to the one in the drawing below.
RB Model 72P09: PaK 40 ammo
In this set you get 12 (hollow) cartridges and 9 rounds, all in metal. When it comes to the quality of the parts, this set is on par with the ones above.
shells in the set have a length of 9,68mm (696.96 scale mm), which
means that they are 2.5% underscale for a Pak40 round. The shape is
spot on though.
Black Army Modells 72-13: PaK 40 ammo
In this set you get 12 complete rounds and 9 (not 3 as the box says) cartridges with a hollowed end, all in resin, together with 3 open crates, 3 closed crates and 3 individual storage tubes.
shells in the set have a length of 10.2mm (734 scale mm), which means
that they are 2.8% overscale for a Pak40 round.
You get four types of round. (The leaflet shows five, but the first two will be indistinguishable in this scale.) Not having exact dimensions of the different shells I have to judge them from the drawings and find them within "Mk.I eyeball tolerance". Casting is flawless.
metal containers are 14.4 mm (1037 scale mm) long and 1.54 mm
(111 scale mm) in diameter, while the real ones were 1030 mm x 115
mm. This is well within tolerance. Remarkably, they come with a minuscule,
that the RB sets are about a third of the price of the Schatton set
and are far more accurate, I think the choice is a done deal. Unless
you actually want brass shells for the KwK 42 in which case the Schatton
set might make sense (until RB Model does them as well).