Sturmpanzer Assault Gun Grille Ardennes 1944
(Sturmpanzer 38(t) Assault Gun Grille 38(t) Ausf.M Sd.Kfz.138/1. 1/48th scale model completely built and paint by Master Fighter). Model is compatible with Dust. Available on februar 2014.
Between October 1943 and November 1944, 172 “15 cm Schweres Infanteriegeschütz 33 (Sf) auf PzKpfw. 38 (t) Ausf M” have been manufactured by BMM. The 12 tonnes SPG was propelled by a 150 hp Praga AC motor. The top speed was 35 km/h. 320 litres of gasoline enabled a range of 190 km.
The crew of four was cramped in the roofless fighting compartment with 18 shells. The primary weapon was the 150 mm Rheinmetall cannon L/12 designed in 1933 that fired a 38 kg shell, the muzzle velocity was 240 m/s and the maximum range was 4,650 m. The ubiquitous Rheinmetall 7.92 mm MG34 machine gun with 600 rounds was the secondary weapon. This weapon system was very potent and this final version of the breed served firstly in USSR then in the West too as war reached its outcome.