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Trumpeter 01515 German VK3001 (H) PzkpfwVI (Ausf A)
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Authorization for a new medium tank was given in September 1938 in conjunction with the Durchbruchwagen (DW) development. Work on VK3001(H), which was a further development of the DWII began. Two similar designs were produced; the lighter 32 ton VK3001(H) was classified as a medium tank. Resembling the Panzerkampfwagen IV in the design of their hulls, but the running gear was a new design that consisted of overlapping road wheels. Originally, it was intended to mount the VK3001(H) with a turret that was armed with the 75mm L/24 or 105mm L/28 gun. However, none of the prototypes were actually fitted with turrets. Additional development was cancelled in 1942 in favor of development of the VK4501(H) - the Tiger I. Six of the turrets that were designed for the VK3001(H) ended up being used in permanent fortifications in the Atlantic and West Wall
The VK3001(H) consists of 230 parts on five sprues plus the upper and lower hull sections, vinyl ("rubber-band") tracks, and clear parts for the periscopes. The parts are molded in light grey styrene. Trumpeter provides a 12-page, easy to understand/follow instruction booklet, a color painting guide, and a generic set of decals.
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