Basically it was created by replacing the regular turret of a Panzer IV with a 20mm Flakvierling … Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind is a German anti-aircraft tank. Kraftfahrzeuge und Panzer, der Reichswehr, Wehrmacht und Bundeswehr ab 1900, Motorbuch Verlag. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. The 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling anti-aircraft quad gun was placed in a nine-sided, open-topped turret. on Flakpanzer IV (2cm Flak 38 Vierling) ‘Wirbelwind’, M226 (M113 Cybernetically Coupled Research Vehicle ‘CCRV’). In januari moest men uit Żagań verhuizen; een noodfabriek bij Teplitz in het Sudetenland werd toen opgestart die nog vijf voertuigen gebouwd zou hebben. Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" (Whirlwind in English) was a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. German Artillery of World War Two, Purnell Book Services Ltd. Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle (1978). De bepantsering van de toren was 16 millimeter. In de tweede helft van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, creëerde het verlies van het luchtoverwicht een dringende behoefte voor de ontwikkeling van krachtige luchtafweergeschutvoertuigen om de jachtbommenwerpers van de Geallieerden tegen te gaan. Flakpanzer Wirbelwind. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Published at 910 × 654 px. As the German Luftwaffe (German Air Force) lost control over the skies of Germany in the second half of the Second World War, it could no longer provide sufficient protection against Allied aircraft. In this post, I want to showcase my Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind from Warlord Games. tamiya 35233. By April 1945, this organization was changed to eight Ostwinds (similar to Wirbelwind but armed with 37 mm gun) and three Sd. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It was developed in 1944 as a successor to the earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft gun Möbelwagen. Hij werd in 1944 ontwikkeld als vervanger van de eerdere luchtdoeltank Möbelwagen. The Panzer IV and the Panzer V Panther were considered next. Walter J. Spielberger (1982). The 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling had to be adapted in order to fit in this turret. Ze waren alleen in dienst bij de luchtafweerpelotons van de pantserdivisies. The Wirbelwind at Heeres-flugabwehrschule Rendsburg, next to it is the remaining Kugelblitz turret. De productie van de tank werd uitgevoerd door Ostbau Werke in Sagan, een speciaal Baukommando. The top was completely open and this was done for a few reasons: to speed up production, to allow the crew a better view of their surroundings and help in target acquisition and threat evaluation, and to help expel the choking gases that were released when the four guns were fired. It was abandoned by the Germans and in late January 1945 it was captured by the advancing American forces. “These tests were held in July of 1944, and around 9,993 rounds of ammunition were fired against air and ground targets without any problem to the gun or the vehicle itself.” The Möbelwagen needed too much time to set up for firing and thus was ineffective in a sudden enemy attack. De tekst is beschikbaar onder de licentie. When the Wirbelwind demonstration was completed, Generaloberst Guderian was informed that some 20 Wirbelwinds could be produced by July 1944. It was relatively easy to construct, had good protection (compared to other Flak vehicles in use by the Germans), could shoot a large number of rounds in a short amount of time and, most importantly, it could immediately engage enemy forces either on the ground or in the air. Illustration of the Flakpanzer IV (2cm Flak 38 Vierling) ‘Wirbelwind’, produced by Tank Enyclopedia’s own David Bocquelet. The Flak 38 Flakvierling was first equipped with the Flakvisier 40, that was a modified version of the Flakvisier 38. 2cm Sprgr Patr L/Spur (Ub) – Empty practice shell. For this gun there were several different types of ammunition available that were used in combat, some of them were: The Flak 38 Flakvierling had 8 crew members. Author Heinz J. Nowarra gives a number of 150 vehicles. Total production 240 Photo: Bundesarchiv, All Flakpanzers based on the Panzer IV chassis were used to form special anti-aircraft tank platoons (Panzer Flak Zuge). In 6’s new Flakpanzer project was led by the Generalmajor Dipl. At first, the focus of production was around the Mobelwagen anti-aircraft vehicle. The main requirements for such a vehicle were: At the same time as the design and developing of the Wirbelwind was just beginning, a battlefield modification of a Panzer IV tank chassis was carried out involving the use of a 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling, with the intention of building a Flakpanzer. Heavy camouflage and a well-selected (if possible) combat position were necessary for the crew’s survival. The Wirbelwind, german for Whirlwind, was a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun Just curious. The Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind (whirlwind) was a German anti-aircraft vehicle based on the chassis of the Panzer IV tank, being designed in 1944 as a successor to the Möbelwagen. In early 1944, Untersturmführer Karl Wilhelm Krause (commander of the Flakabteilung of the 12th SS Panzer Regiment part of the ‘Hitlerjugend’ Division) made plans for an experimental Flakpanzer. The later built Möbelwagen (based on a Panzer IV tank chassis) was armed with the much stronger 3.7 cm Flak 43 anti-aircraft gun, solved the problem with the weak main weapon but it was not without defects. History. Due to the war end and a low number of build Ostwinds, this reorganization was never truly implemented. The Wirbelwind was, because of this, often attacked by enemy planes in order to destroy them and leave the remaining German forces without adequate protection. He gave orders to his men to mount a 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling on a Panzer IV tank chassis (its turret may have been damaged). The Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind is a rank III German Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft (SPAA) vehicle with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). Observers from In 6 reported positive results for this vehicle and that the whole construction was feasible and without problems. Photo: Operation Dauntless The maximum rate of fire was 1680 to 1920 rpm, but 700 to 800 rpm was the more practical rate. Sjaak's Hobbyshop : Tamiya German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind 1:35 #35233 - In de tweede helft van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, creëerde het verlies van het luchtoverwicht een dringende behoefte voor de ontwikkeling van krachtige luchtafweergeschutvoertuigen om de jachtbommenwerpers van de Geallieerden tegen te gaan. The Flak 38 Flakvierling was also used as a mobile mounted weapon on several German vehicles, like half-tracks (Sk.Kfz 7/1), tanks, trucks, and even on armored trains. The number 91 and the white markings (at the impact zone) were added by the Soviet examining teams. Er bevindt zich nog een Wirbelwind in de verzameling van Base Borden in Canada en één in de Lehrsammlung van de luchtafweeropleidingsschool te Rendsburg. This Wirbelwind received two front hits. The surviving Wirbelwind located at Base Borden military museum. Maximum speed was 38 km/h with an operational range of 200 km. The Panzer III tank chassis was used for the production of the StuG III and thus not available. And “around 9993 rounds” is an odd statement. The five-man crew consisted of the commander/gunner, two loaders, a driver and a radio operator. Saved from ww2incolor.com. The remaining three crew members were positioned in the new turret. The German industry was hard pressed mostly due to the high demands for more combat vehicles and constant Allied bombing raids so the possibility of designing and a building a new vehicle would take too much time and resources (both were lacking by 1944). German Armored Forces & Vehicles - Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" The Flakpanzer IV Around 18 Wirbelwinds were given to the Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilungen, a rear unit in charge of training and replacement. Maar toen de geallieerden steeds meer krachtigere vliegtuigen ontwikkelden en in gebruik namen, realiseerden de Duitsers zich dat ze niet alleen stationaire Flakkanonnen moesten hebben maar ook mobiele om colonnes, konvooien en dergelijke te beschermen. A newly rebuilt Wirbelwind at Ostbau Sagan. On the 8th June 1944, the Ostbau-Sagan (from Segan in Schlesien) was charged with the production of the Wirbelwind Flakpanzer. Alexander Ludeke (2007). The lower plates were angled outside and the upper one was angled towards the inside. Regarding the the whole in the turret it is likely from an enemy projectile hit. C with eight Möbelwagens. Photo: pro-tank.ru. Check out the videos at the link below! The Germans already had copious amounts of half-tracked Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns of different calibres and weights (Sd.Kfz.10/4, Sd.Kfz.6/2, Sd.Kfz.7/1, etc). Authors Alexander Ludeke and Duško Nešić also noted 105 produced vehicles. The abbreviation Sfl is short for ‘Selbstfahrlafette’ – self-propelled carriage. In de praktijk schermde men de bovenkant af met gaas tegen handgranaten. Best regards. Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Wehrmacht Heer (German Army 1935-1945) 10 Pz.Gren.div. This Wirbelwind was constructed by using the older Panzer IV Ausf G. chassis. 3.7 cm Flak 43 in Keksdose-Turm auf Pz.Kpfw.III Fahrgestell, The Flakpanzer You Never Knew About | Flakpanzer III. The Ausf. 1944 World War 2 - Ardennes Dark Yellow, Dark Green, Red Brown; Wehrmacht Heer (German Army 1935-1945) 1944 World War 2 Dark Yellow, Dark Green, Red Brown; s.Pz.Abt. German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind. These vehicles managed to shoot down 27 Allied aircraft’s. In hope to increase the Wirbelwind firepower in December of 1944, Ostbau built one prototype armed with quadruple 3 cm Flakvierling 103/28. The one in Canada is located at Base Borden military museum, the exact history of which is not known. A was the standard unit which included four Wirbelwinds and four Möbelwagens. Een gesloten ontwerp zou beter zijn geweest maar dit was niet mogelijk vanwege de rookontwikkeling van de vier luchtafweerkanonnen. Isn’t that too perfectly round for a hit? An open-topped Flakpanzer’s best defense against air threats was its anti-aircraft gun. Guderian was very impressed by the new Wirbelwind Flakpanzer and asked for it to be put in production. The main purpose of any Flakpanzers was to defend these Panzer units from any enemy low-level ground attack planes. Before it was taken out of action during this engagement it managed to shoot down one enemy plane. German anti-aircraft tank "Wirbelwind" in 1944.jpeg 2,114 … Gepard The History of German Anti-Aircraft tanks, Bernard & Graefe Unknown numbers were built, but possibly up to three vehicles. Due to a shortage of new tank chassis, the Ostbau-Sagan workers would instead reuse refurbished (damaged returned from the front) Panzer IV tank chassis. Each of these nine-sided plates were built by welding two angled armored plates. Tamiya 35233 - GERMAN FLAKPANZER IV WIRBELWIND [TAM35233] De voorraad is laag. LWG013 German Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" with 2 Crew Figures - Staff Company, France 1945 First Legion is extremely pleased to present the next vehicle in our "Late War German" series, LWG013 German Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" with 2 Crew Figures, Staff Company France 1945. Your email address will not be published. Unfortunately, we are not currently working on an Ostwind article. Vehicle construction recommenced in February 1945 and by March, five more vehicles were produced including a few additional turrets before the production was stopped due to the end of the war. At first, it was mostly used by the German Kriegsmarine (navy) to provide anti-air defence for battleships, destroyers and cruisers. By December 1944, around 100 Wirbelwinds had been constructed and, at the same time, a new order for a further 100 vehicles was issued. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Er was een munitievoorraad van 3200 patronen en er werden vier reservelopen meegevoerd. Fabrikanten Categorieën. Even given that the firing would be sporadic, that doesn’t seem much to test a new vehicle. I’m building this tank model now and the kit doesn’t have a hatch there. The Ostmark-werke (Wienna) was tasked with the 2 cm Flakvierling modification and the turrets were provided and built by the Deutsche Rohrenwerke. 509 036 1945 World War 2 - near Darmstadt Dark Yellow, Dark Green, Red Brown; Product timeline In de eerste jaren van de oorlog had de Wehrmacht geen interesse in het ontwikkelen van een goed luchtafweervoertuig aangezien de Luftwaffe luchtoverwicht bezat. Gratis verzending vanaf 20,- ; Bezorging dezelfde dag, 's avonds of in het weekend* During WWII, the Flak 38 Flakvierling proved to be a highly effective and successful weapon that remained in use throughout the war, with some 3850 being produced. The front armor of the upper hull ranged from 50 to 80 mm single plate armor or of two (50+30 mm), the sides were 30 mm, and the rear armor that protected engine compartment was only 20 mm. Photo: Public Domain. 2cm Pzgr Patr L/pur m Zerlegung – AP/HE/incendiary shell with no fuse and with a heat relay self-destroying tracer. German Artillery of World War Two, Purnell Book Services Ltd. Each magazine held 20 rounds, and could be emptied in 6 seconds. Ing. Walter J. Spielberger (1993). The Wirbelwind proved to be an effective weapon during the war. The second Wirbelwind still in existence possibly belonged to the 1st SS Panzer Division. I am very interested where you found the picture of the second variant of the Karl Wilhelm Krause model. As the Luftwaffe lost air superiority, Allied fighter-bombers proved to be an … Due to the chaotic situation in the German war industry, only this single prototype was ever built. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. The Möbelwagen needed time to set up for action and was therefore not a success. The decision was made by the German Heer (German field army) to reuse chassis of already operational service tanks. The Panzer IV tank chassis was already in use for several German modifications, so it was decided to use it for the Flakpanzer program. Gepard The History of German Anti-Aircraft tanks, Bernard & Graefe, Thomas L. Jentz (1998). By the time the first Wirbelwinds were ready to be sent to the front, the Panzer Flak Zuge organization was changed to include four Wirbelwinds and four Möbelwagens. Ontdek (en bewaar!) Voorraad : 1 Dit product is niet uit voorraad leverbaar. The Wirbelwind (Whirlwind) was also built on the chassis of the Panzer Mk IV and these like the ones used to build the Möbelwagen, were initially sent back to be overhauled. Gepard The History of German Anti-Aircraft tanks, Bernard & Graefe”. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Guderian stelde op eigen autoriteit vijftig nieuwe PzKpfw IV-onderstellen beschikbaar; de tankschaarste bij de Duitsers was toen al zo nijpend dat alleen met speciale toestemming van het Westelijk Opperbevel op 27 juli nog eens dertig onderstellen mochten worden gebruikt die van dat strijdtoneel als te herbouwen wrak naar de fabriek waren teruggestuurd. This gun had an effective range of around 2 km, enough to engage low flying attack planes. Kfz. In eerste instantie werd de focus … This plate also had a large round shaped opening for the mounting of the collector ring. While the Author does not give more information on this, it is possible that as there were no problems with the gun and the whole design during firing, the German commission decided that it was enough to conclude that the whole system is working. The engine was the Maybach HL 120 TRM 265 hp @2600 rpm, but according to Panzer Tracts No.12 the engine was modified so that it put out 272 hp @2800 rpm. G by the single 50 mm front armor plate. The driver’s front observation hatch and the ball-mounted hull machine gun remained. Oberleutnant Gotz somehow heard of Untersturmführer Krause’s Flakpanzer work and dispatched Leutnant Hans Christoph to France in order to inspect this vehicle. These tests were held in July of 1944, and around 3,000 rounds of ammunition were fired against air and ground targets without any problem to the gun or the vehicle itself. Heinz J. Nowarra (1968). In 1967, it was given back to Germany and, after restoration in late 90’s, was given to the Heeres-flugabwehrschule Rendsburg. Velocity was 830 mps/2720 fps. https://nl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wirbelwind&oldid=47617897, Duits gevechtsvoertuig in de Tweede Wereldoorlog, Wikipedia:Lokale afbeelding anders dan op Wikidata, Creative Commons Naamsvermelding/Gelijk delen, Mediabestanden die bij dit onderwerp horen, zijn te vinden op de pagina. Tachtig voertuigen werden besteld van een type dat in mei 1944 voorgesteld was door Verskraft te Kummersdorf: de Wirbelwind. (UPDATE: It's Being Restored! A tactically important weapon that entered service in December 1943 to provide German armoured forces with a high level of air defence against low-flying attack aircraft, the five-man Flakpanzer IV (2cm) mit PzFgst Panzer IV/3 Wirbelwind (whirlwind) was based on the chassis of the PzKpfw IV Ausf J medium tank. The Wirbelwind was to have side hatch doors but these were never instaled, It had no rear positioned hatch door. The armor thickness also varies from model to model. An Ausf.H-based Wirbelwind captured by the Allies somewhere in France 1944. article states somewhere around ~100-150 though? Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind (Whirlwind) Wirbelwind was one of the successors of Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen armed with the 37 mm Flak 43 L/89. Prijs per stuk. But, during the later part of the war, this was replaced by more simple types. One of the main attractions of Tamiyas 1/48 Military Minature Series is how easily the kits can be integrated into dioramas, especially ones that involve aircraft of the same scale. In total, some 3,200 rounds of ammunition were carried by the vehicle. The weight in action was some 1520 kg (3352 lbs). Bestel. Tamiya. The gun shield was also removed. Een Wirbelwind kon met één salvo een grote groep infanterie neermaaien. First, there were no seats for the crews, as there were removed from the gun. It was damaged by an Allied ground attack plane in December of 1944 near the rail station of Buchholz (Belgium). In order to make the construction of this vehicle easier, no extra traverse mechanism was provided. The maximum rate of fire was 1680 to 1920 rpm, (700-800 rpm was a more appropriate operational rate of fire). HI Adrian Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. De Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind (Wervelwind in het Nederlands) was een luchtdoelvoertuig gebaseerd op de Panzerkampfwagen IV. The Wirbelwind dimensions were: length 5.92 m, width 2.9 m and a height of 2.76 m. Total combat weight was around 22 metric tonnes. Ostbau-Sagan had in essence only one task, to assemble the vehicles when all the parts were delivered. The gunner fired the Flak guns by using two-foot pedals, each pedal being responsible for a diagonal of the four-barrel arrangement (so upper left with lower right, for example). In January 1945, due to the rapid Allied advance, the equipment and workers of the Ostbau-Sagan had to be relocated to Teplitz-Schonau (in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, current day Czech Republic) and this caused a delay in production. G or H, possibly even small numbers of Ausf. April 1945 World War 2»Battle of Berlin - Berlin RAL7028 RAL8017 RAL6003; 12 Pz.Rgt. Tamiya German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind 1:35. The Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" (Whirlwind in English) was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. According to Walter J. Spielberg, up to five were built by January of 1945 and these were issued to front line troops for use. In February 1945, the Panzer Flak Zuge were divided into three groups (Ausfuhrung A, B, and C). in the early years of the war, the Wehrmacht had less interest in developing auto-propulsadas anti-aircraft guns, but as the Allies began to gain air superiority, the need for more mobile self … G tank chassis was reused. The source for this information is taken From “Walter J. Spielberger (1982). German military Vehicles, Krause Publications. The Panzer V Panther was for a short time considered to be used as a Flakpanzer armed with two 37 mm anti-aircraft guns, but mostly due to high demand for tank hulls, the project never went beyond a wooden mock-up. The only real connection that the Flak gun had with the turret were three metal lugs under the crew seats. The first production order for 80 vehicles was extended to 130 by September 1944. It was designed to shoot down low-flying aircraft but it was also found to be very effective when used against unarmored ground targets. Deze pagina is voor het laatst bewerkt op 7 okt 2016 om 13:08. Media in category "Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind" The following 5 files are in this category, out of 5 total. In order to avoid contact between the hot used cartridges and stored ammunition, some kind of case or mesh bags were possibly used. It was sent (together with Ostwind prototype) to Bad Kuhlungsborn on the Baltic Coast for live firing tests of the guns. The Flak 38 Flakvierling had 8 crew members. The Wirbelwind was powered by a water-cooled Maybach HL 120 TR engine and could attain a top speed of about 38.6 km/h (24 mph). As these vehicles had very limited or no armor, they were vulnerable to enemy fire either from ground or air. In de eerste jaren van de oorlog had de Wehrmacht geen interesse in het ontwikkelen van een goed luchtafweervoertuig aangezien de Luftwaffe … These were used to equip primary Panzer Divisions of the Heer and Waffen SS, and in some cases given to special units. The German abbreviation Flak is short for Fliegerabwehrkanone (Anti-aircraft gun: Flieger aircraft – literally, flyer + Abwehr defense + Kanone gun, cannon). The Ostwind is a further development of the Wirbelwind. 5.92 x 2.9 x 2.7 meters (19′ 5” x 9′ 6” x 8′ 10”), 5 (Commander/gunner, two loader, driver and radio operator), 38 km/h (24 mph), 20-25 km/h (12 – 16 mph) (cross country), 470 liters, 200 km (120 miles), 130 km (80 miles)(cross country), The turret should be fully traversable (360°), The new turret should have three or four crew members, The crew operating the anti-aircraft gun should be well protected and it should be open-top as to give the crew a better view of the skies and because of the smoke produced by the four guns, The turret traverse mechanism should be simple, The main weapons (it had to have at least two guns) should have a minimum effective range of 2000 m, with enough ammunition, SprGr.Patr.L/Spur – HE (high explosive) shell with self-destroying tracer (velocity 900 mps/2950 fps). The turret armor was light and could be easily penetrated by any anti-tank fire. In juni 1944 luidde Heinz Guderian, toen hoofd van de Inspektion der Panzertruppe, persoonlijk de noodklok en beval zo snel mogelijk echte luchtafweertanks in productie te nemen. Description. Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Waffen SS (1933-1945) 1 SS Pz.Div. As already mentioned, the Wirbelwind was built by using the refurbished Panzer IV (mostly Ausf. This project was carried out without knowledge of the design team working on the plans for the new Flakpanzer (ordered by Guderian) but it would have a great influence on it. The original gun shield was removed, but later built vehicles had a newly modified three-sided gun shield (but much simpler construction than the Wirbelwind). Waffentechnik im Zweiten Weltkrieg, Parragon books. 10,000 rounds is 500 magazines, which at 1 magazine emptied every 6 seconds only gives 50 minutes of continuous firing. Required fields are marked *. Alexander Ludeke (2007). As Ostbau-Sagan was only a small repair workshop, it lacked the production capacity and thus other manufacturers had to be included in this project. By the end of May 1944, the prototype was ready and it was presented to Generaloberst Guderian, officers from Waffen Prüfen 6 and In 6 in the German research center Kummersdorf. The maximum traverse speed was around 27° to 28° (depending on the source) per second. Op 27 juli vonden de eerste schietproeven plaats die met succes werden afgesloten; in augustus werden de eerste 22 voertuigen afgeleverd. The Wirbelwind proved to be an effective anti-aircraft vehicle. This can be seen in the report of the s.Pz.Abt.503: ‘… the Vierling (Wirbelwind) have proven especially useful. The elevation of the 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling was from –10° to +90° (with other sources specifying -10° to +100°). Naoružanje drugog svetsko rata-Nemačka , Tampopring S.C.G. An additional plate (with 0.8 cm x 0.8 cm x 1 cm dimensions) with holes for securing the gun was also added. Could it be a blown hatch? The only negative side is that it was produced in low numbers by the end of the war. The 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling usually had a deflector box but due to the limited space, its installation was not possible. A Flakpanzer that could respond without preparation was more desirable, and that solution would be the Flakpanzer IV 2 cm Flak 38 Vierling mostly known under the name ‘Wirbelwind’, meaning ‘Whirlwind’ in English. THIS IS SEALED AND UNTOUCHED,ITS GETTING SCARCE AND RARE, AND MAY SHOW SIGNS OF DISPLAY. Unfortunately i do not remember from where it was exactly. This group of young tank officers was lead by Oberleutnant J. von Glatter Gotz (most known for his Kugelblitz Flakpanzer design). But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Through their armor and mobility, they are always immediately capable of providing adequate air defense and they are also outstandingly effective in ground combat. Duško Nešić (2008). Tamiya GERMAN FLAKPANZER IV WIRBELWIND 1/35 Scale kit 35233 | Toys & Games, Model Kits, Models | eBay! E. Bolbrinker. Question: the picture of the wirbelwind with the large turret hole. Despite the promise that 20 vehicles would be ready by the end of July 1944, only 17 were completed by that time. The secondary weapons consisted of the standard hull ball-mounted 7.92 mm MG34 machine gun with around 1,350 ammunition rounds. Hi Micha To make a stable platform for the new gun, it was necessary to add a new gun mount which was constructed from two T shaped carriers (around 2.2 m long) that were welded to the chassis interior. At the same time as the design and developing of the Wirbelwind was just beginning, a battlefield modification of a Panzer IV tank chassis was carried out involving the use of a 2 cm Flak 38 Flakvierling, with the intention of building a Flakpanzer. The production could never meet these numbers. The Wirbelwind fulfilled all requirements set by In 6. The German word ‘Fahrgestell’ means chassis. The German Aviation Experimental Facility (Deutsche Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt – DVL) built and tested a prototype hydraulic traverse mechanism which increases the speed to 60° per second, but it was never installed in any Wirbelwind vehicle. 7/1 half-tracks. It was shipped to America after the war for further testing at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Möbelwagen had sufficient firepower to destroy enemy planes and the crew was protected by armored plates on four sides, which needed to be dropped down to use the gun effectively. Only one prototype was built. The first attempt was the Flakpanzer I, which was built only in limited numbers and was more an improvisation of an existing design rather than a purpose-built vehicle. As the open-topped turret exposed the crew to the elements, a canvas was provided for protection. Your email address will not be published. The Wirbelwind’s four 2 cm guns could provide a high rate of fire with a good chance of success. It would be more usual to say either “9993 rounds” or “around 10,000 rounds”. Photo: SOURCE. 35233 German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind 1:35 . The Flakpanzers would engage enemy planes that had entered their weapons range (for the Wirbelwind that was around 2 km). Beside the Wirbelwind Flakpanzer, another project was also presented: the Alkett Flakpanzer IV armed with 3.7 cm Flak 43. Abteilung 17 from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division “Gotz von Berlichingen” Western front, s. SS Pz.Abteilung 501 Western front and from February 1945 Eastern front and the last was s. SS Pz.Abteilung 503 Eastern front. By agreement between Generaloberst Guderian and Waffen Prüfen 6 (Wa Prüf 6 – design office for armored vehicles and other military equipment), the first prototype was to be built by a Panzer IV repair workshop named Krupp-Druckenmuller GmbH from Berlin-Mariedorf. Most authors (like David Doyle and Detlev Terlisten) give a number of 122 constructed vehicles. 1/35 German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind # tamiya 35233. Besides a quick review of the kit, I will also add an easy to follow painting tutorial. They would either try to bring it down or to force them to abandon the attack and find another easier target. Note the Flak gun shield is missing and thus we know that it was the first Karl Wilhelm ‘prototype’. The person in the tank's first position has a machine gun to use and drives the vehicle -- although the machine gun is mounted co-axially and can only fire in a narrow arc facing the fro… Werner Oswald (2004). 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