75mm Pak 40 & KwK 40 ammo
Schatton Kit # 7212
|Preview by Rob Haelterman|
From left to right: RB 72P09, RB 72P01, Schatton 7212
Note that Schatton offers empty shells or complete rounds, while RB offers empty rounds that can be fitted with separate projectiles.
Schatton Kit 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 left series of rounds are for the KwK40, the middle for the KwK42 (used in the Panther and Panzer IV/L70), the right for the Pak40. 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 Kit 72P01: KwK 40 & StuK 40 ammo
In this set you get 12 (hollow) cartridges and 9 rounds. 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 Kit 72P09: PaK 40 ammo
In this set you get 12 (hollow) cartridges and 9 rounds. 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.
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).