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Germany's Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf G; PzKpfw V Ausf G; Panther; SdKfz 171 medium tank

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60009:
Dragon Armor 60009 Panther Diecast Model

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Dragon Armor 60010 Panther Diecast Model
60011:
Dragon Armor 60011 Panther Diecast Model

60012:
Dragon Armor 60012 Panther Diecast Model
60125:
Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor 60125 German Panther

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Dragon Diecast 1/72 Armor 60126 German Panther
60269:
Dragon Armor 1/72 Diecast 60269, German Panther G

60322:
German Dragon 1/72 Diecast Armor 60322, Panther

Design

Entered service in February 1944. Demag joined in building the PzKpfw Ausf G. On February 27, 1944, Hitler decreed that it was to be known as the Panther Ausf G from that day forward.

Late models had all steel road wheels that produced by Deutsche Eisenwerke.

Engine

A gearbox oil cooler was installed. The exhaust pipes were welded together from armor plates. The engine deck had better air intake and a raised housing for the left ventilator. Also, parts of the fuel area were removed.

Main Armament

Late production vehicles had the gun cleaning equipment moved from the tube on the side of the hull to the rear across the engine compartment.

The AP round was 15 lbs and had a muzzle velocity of 3,066'/sec.

Turret

Starting in September 1944/mid-1944 some of the turrets had a new mantlet in which the curve underneath was eliminated. This was to help prevent downward deflection through the hull roof. The cupola had seven periscopes equally spaced around it.

Fighting Compartment

Starting in October 1944 the fighting compartment had a heater system installed that would draw warm air from a device fitted over the left engine fan. Flame trap exhaust mufflers were installed.

3 mm armored ammunition bins were installed. Side plates were one piece and sloped. Driver's vision port was removed and replaced by a rotating periscope. The driver's and hull gunner's hatches were hinged, as opposed to pivoting as in earlier models. The driver's seat was raised and the controls extended so that he could drive with head outside of hatch.

The radio operator had a ball mount for his machine gun that was located in front of him.

The sides were sloped more to allow for more inside space.

Production

3,740 were produced during 1944.

Additional production information.

Usage

A few were encountered in Normandy.

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf G
Crew 5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 98,766 lb, 98,800 lb
44 tons, 44.1 tons, 44.75 tons, 44.8 tons, 45.5 tons, 50.2 tons
44,800 kg, 45,465 kg
Length w/gun 29' 0.8", 29' 1"
8.86 m, 8.865 m, 8.87 m
Length w/o gun 22' 6", 22' 7", 22.6'
6.7 m, 6.88 m
Height 9.7', 9' 7', 9' 9", 9' 10", 10', 10.1'
2.97 m, 2.98 m, 3 m, 3.1 m
Width 10.8', 11.2', 11' 3"
3.27 m, 3.3 m, 3.4 m, 3.42 m, 3.43 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 1' 7.5", 1' 10", 21.2"
0.56 m
Ground contact length 154"
3.91 m
Ground pressure 12.5 psi
0.75 (kg/cm2), 0.88 (kg/cm2)
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm
1: 75 mm L/70
1: 75 mm KwK42 L/70
Secondary  
MG 3: 7.92 mm MG
2: MG
2: 7.92 mm MG34
3: 7.92 mm MG34
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG34
MG - hull 7.92 mm MG34
MG - antiaircraft 7.92 mm MG34 (optional)
Side arms 9 mm Machine Pistols
Quantity  
Main 79, 81, 82
Secondary  
MG 4,200, 4,500, 4,800
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 15 - 100, 20 - 120, 100
Front: 3.2"@55°
Side: 2"@30°
Hull Front, Upper 50-80, 80, 80@55°
Hull Front, Lower 60@55°, 80@55°
Hull Sides, Upper 40-50, 50, 50@30°
Hull Sides, Lower 40@0°
Hull Rear 40, 40@30°
Hull Top 16, 40, 40@90°, 16@90°
Hull Bottom 16, 16-30@90°, 20+13@90°
Turret Front 4.3"
100, 110@10°, 110@11°, 120
Mantlet: 100@round
Turret Sides 1.8"
45, 45@25°, 45@28°
Turret Rear 45, 45@25°, 45@28°
Turret Top 16, 15@82° & 88°, 16@84°-90°
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach, Maybach HL 230 P30
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water
Cylinders V-12
Capacity  
Net HP 690@3,000 rpm, 700, 700@3,000 rpm
Power to weight ratio 15.9 hp/ton
Compression ratio 6.8:1
Transmission (Type) AK 7-200
7 forward, 1 reverse.
Synchromesh
Steering Discontinuous regenerative
Steering ratio  
Starter Electric and inertia
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt
Normal: 12-volt
Ignition Magneto
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity

160.5 gallons, 193 gallons (5 tanks)
730 liters

Road consumption 0.67 mpg
100 km/412 liters
Cross country consumption 0.34 mpg
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hydraulic.
Hydraulic and hand
Speed - Road 28 mph, 28.6 mph, 28.75 mph, 29 mph, 34 mph
46 kph, 54.7 kph, 55 kph
Speed - Cross Country 15 mph, 16-19 mph
24 kph, 30 kph
Range - Road 100 miles, 110 miles, 124 miles, 125 miles
177 km, 200 km
Range - Cross Country 55 miles, 55.3 miles, 62 miles
89 km, 100 km
Turning radius 33'
8.7 m, 10 m
Elevation limits -8° to +18°
-4° to +20°
Fording depth 4' 7", 5' 6", 67"
1.7 m, 1.91 m
Trench crossing 3', 6.2', 6.25', 6' 3"
0.9 m, 1.9 m, 1.91 m
Vertical obstacle 2.9', 35.4", 3'
0.91 m
Climbing ability 35° (70%) slope
Suspension (Type) Torsion bar
2 large road wheels independently sprung on 2 torsion bars
Wheels each side 8, 8x2
Return rollers each side 1 (small, behind sprocket)
Tracks (Type) Dry pin
Length  
Width 2' 1.6", 2' 1.75", 26"
6.5 cm, 660 mm
Diameter  
Number of links 87
Pitch 5.9"
Tire tread Rubber
Ausf G were all steel.
Track centers/tread 8' 7", 8' 7 1/8", 8.6'
2.62 m

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