Kagero Photosniper 3D #25 Panzer II & Luchs

History of the Pz. II & Luchs

The Panzer II is the common name used for a family of German tanks used in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen II (abbreviated PzKpfw II).

Both the Panzer I and II were considered as stopgaps before the arrival of more advanced models, namely the Panzer III and IV. Despite of this, the Panzer II remained in service throughout the war, being the main light tank in German service and being used as a scout, although many wheeled vehicles preformed this specialized task far better. In this particular role, the Panzer II lacked both speed and range. It was gradually improved and produced until 1943, as no satisfactory replacement was ready in time.

Although the vehicle had originally been designed as a stopgap while larger, more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II, during the Polish and French campaigns. The Panzer II was the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions at the beginning of the war. It was used in both North Africa against the Western Allies and on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union.

The Panzer II was supplanted by the Panzer III and IV medium tanks by 1940/1941. By the end of 1942, it had been largely removed from front line service and it was used for training and on secondary fronts. The turrets of the then-obsolete Panzer Is and Panzer IIs were reused as gun turrets on specially built defensive bunkers, particularly on the Atlantic Wall. Production of the tank itself ceased by January 1944, but its chassis remained in use as the basis of several other armoured vehicles, chiefly self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers such as the Wespe and Marder II respectively.

Panzer II Ausf. L “Luchs”

A light reconnaissance tank, the Ausf. L, was the only Panzer II design with the overlapping/interleaved road wheels and “slack track” configuration to enter series production, with 100 being built from September 1943 to January 1944 in addition to the conversion of the four Ausf. M tanks. Originally given the experimental designation VK 1303, it was adopted under the alternate name Panzerspähwagen II and given the popular name Luchs (“Lynx”). The Luchs was larger than the Ausf. G in most dimensions. It was equipped with a six-speed transmission (plus reverse), and could reach a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) with a range of 290 km (180 mi). The FuG12 and FuG Spr radios were installed, while 330 rounds of 20 mm and 2,250 rounds of 7.92 mm ammunition were carried. Total vehicle weight was 11.8 tonnes. It had 30 mm of armour on the front of the hull and 20 mm of armour on the sides and back and the same on the turret. It would accommodate 4 crew members, the commander (gunner), driver, loader and the radio operator.

The book can be broken down into the following sections:.

  • History, Development & Usage
  • 3D line drawings of all versions
  • 3D images of Pz. II Ausf. C
  • 3D images of Pz. II Ausf. F
  • 3D images of Pz. II Ausf. L Lynx

From the publisher’s website:

  • Samir Karmieh, Łukasz Gładysiak
  • 100 pages
  • 50 photographs
  • 100 renders
  • Gloss coated paper
  • Format (sizes): A4 (210×297 mm)
  • Soft cover binding

This book is a very good book for a modeler. There is a short background to the development and usage of the Pz. II complete with info on the colours used on it. There are 50 black & white period photos in this section. After that, we have 3 sections of 3D images that cover 3 different versions of the Pz. II in great depth. These images are clear and will be of great use to the modeller.

If you’re planning on buildiong a Pz. II then tis is a very good book for you to have at hand.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$27.00.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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