The Panzerkampfwagen II, identified by the Heer as Sd.Kfz.121, was the second armoured vehicle produced in Germany after the First World War and was designed to replace the Panzer I, deemed too light, waiting for the production of the more advanced III and IV medium tanks. The latter should have been the tanks supplied to the Panzerdivisions, but when the war broke out on 1 September 1939, very few medium tanks had been distributed to the panzer battalions. Thus the burden of supporting the clashes fell on the two light models, initially conceived as a training function. During the Polish campaign, over 1,200 Panzer IIs were employed. The F version went into production in March 1941 and was produced until the end of ’42, after more than 500 units had been completed. Compared to previous versions, it had a thicker front plate, up to 35mm, with a redesigned pilot viewer flanked by a false slot to fool opposing shooters. The changes also affected the turret, the tailpipe and the rear wheel. It was mainly used in the Balkans and North Africa. Still in El Alamein, the armoured units of the Afrika Korps numbered about 50 Panzer II Ausf F.
The model is designed for 1/100 scale (or 15 mm) and is perfectly detailed in every aspect: once printed, it would be a great little tank for your wargames life Flames of War or similar. The model is divided into 5 parts: upper and lower hull, left and right tracks, turret (that can easily rotate). The measures: 4.8 cm lenght, 2.3 cm width, 2.15 cm height. The actual model in the pictures of the preview was printed with a Elegoo Mars 3.
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