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German Balkenkreuz

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

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Dragon Armor 60009 Panther Diecast Model

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

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

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

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

Design

Entered service in February 1944.8 Demag joined in building the PzKpfw Ausf G.8 On February 27, 1944, Hitler decreed that it was to be known as the Panther Ausf G from that day forward.5

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.10 The engine deck had better air intake and a raised housing for the left ventilator.10 Also, parts of the fuel area were removed.10

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.6

Turret

Starting in September 1944/mid-194410 some of the turrets had a new mantlet in which the curve underneath was eliminated10. This was to help prevent downward deflection through the hull roof.10 The cupola had seven periscopes equally spaced around it.5

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 bins11 were installed. Side plates were one piece and sloped8. Driver's vision port was removed and replaced by a rotating periscope.5,10,11,13 The driver's and hull gunner's hatches were hinged, as opposed to pivoting as in earlier models.10 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.5

The sides were sloped more to allow for more inside space.10

Production

3,740 were produced during 1944.8

Additional production information.

Usage

A few were encountered in Normandy.9

Specifications

  Panzerkampfwagen V Ausf G
Crew 51,2,3,5,6,7,11,12,13
Radio FuG53
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 98,766 lb11, 98,800 lb
44 tons5, 44.1 tons12, 44.75 tons1, 44.8 tons4,7, 45.5 tons2,3,13, 50.2 tons6
44,800 kg11, 45,465 kg1,13
Length w/gun 29' 0.8"7, 29' 1"1,5,9,12,13
8.86 m2,3,7, 8.865 m1, 8.87 m13
Length w/o gun 22' 6"11, 22' 7"12, 22.6'6
6.7 m11, 6.88 m
Height 9.7'6, 9' 7'11, 9' 9"1,5,9,13, 9' 10"7,12, 10'4, 10.1'
2.97 m1,13, 2.98 m2,3, 3 m7,11, 3.1 m
Width 10.8'11, 11.2'6, 11' 3"1,5,7,9,12,13
3.27 m, 3.3 m11, 3.4 m3, 3.42 m2, 3.43 m1,7,13
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 1' 7.5", 1' 10"5, 21.2"6
0.56 m2
Ground contact length 154"6
3.91 m
Ground pressure 12.5 psi6,11
0.75 (kg/cm2)2, 0.88 (kg/cm2)11
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 75 mm1
1: 75 mm L/702,7
1: 75 mm KwK42 L/703,6,7,11,12,13
Secondary  
MG 3: 7.92 mm MG1,7,13
2: MG2,12
2: 7.92 mm MG343
3: 7.92 mm MG345
MG - coaxial 7.92 mm MG346,11
MG - hull 7.92 mm MG346,11
MG - antiaircraft 7.92 mm MG34 (optional)
Side arms 9 mm Machine Pistols
Quantity  
Main 795,6, 813, 822,5,7,8,11
Secondary  
MG 4,2007, 4,5005,6, 4,8002,3
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 15 - 1004, 20 - 12011, 10013
Front: 3.2"@55°6
Side: 2"@30°6
Hull Front, Upper 50-802, 807,12, 80@55°3,5
Hull Front, Lower 60@55°3, 80@55°5
Hull Sides, Upper 40-502, 507, 50@30°3,5
Hull Sides, Lower 40@0°3,5
Hull Rear 402, 40@30°3,5
Hull Top 162, 407, 40@90°3,5, 16@90°3
Hull Bottom 162, 16-30@90°3, 20+13@90°5
Turret Front 4.3"6
1002, 110@10°5, 110@11°3, 1207,12
Mantlet: 100@round3
Turret Sides 1.8"6
452, 45@25°3, 45@28°5
Turret Rear 452, 45@25°3, 45@28°5
Turret Top 162, 15@82° & 88°5, 16@84°-90°3
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach12, Maybach HL 230 P301,2,3,5,6,11,13
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water6,11
Cylinders V-126,11,13
Capacity  
Net HP 690@3,000 rpm5, 7007,12,13, 700@3,000 rpm6,11
Power to weight ratio 15.9 hp/ton11
Compression ratio 6.8:16
Transmission (Type) AK 7-2005
7 forward, 1 reverse.2,3,5,6
Synchromesh6
Steering Discontinuous regenerative6
Steering ratio  
Starter Electric and inertia6
Electrical system Starting: 24-volt6
Normal: 12-volt6
Ignition Magneto6
Fuel (Type) Gasoline6,11
Octane  
Quantity

160.5 gallons, 193 gallons (5 tanks)6
730 liters2

Road consumption 0.67 mpg6
100 km/412 liters
Cross country consumption 0.34 mpg6
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hydraulic.3
Hydraulic and hand6
Speed - Road 28 mph12, 28.6 mph7, 28.75 mph13, 29 mph6,11, 34 mph1,12
46 kph3,7,11,13, 54.7 kph1, 55 kph2
Speed - Cross Country 15 mph5,11, 16-19 mph6
24 kph11, 30 kph
Range - Road 100 miles11, 110 miles1,5,7,12, 124 miles6, 125 miles13
177 km1,7,11, 200 km2,3,13
Range - Cross Country 55 miles5, 55.3 miles7, 62 miles6
89 km7, 100 km2
Turning radius 33'
8.7 m2, 10 m
Elevation limits -8° to +18°3
-4° to +20°
Fording depth 4' 7"5, 5' 6", 67"6
1.7 m, 1.91 m
Trench crossing 3'11, 6.2', 6.25'6, 6' 3"5
0.9 m11, 1.9 m2, 1.91 m
Vertical obstacle 2.9', 35.4"6, 3'5
0.91 m
Climbing ability 35° (70%) slope6
Suspension (Type) Torsion bar2
2 large road wheels independently sprung on 2 torsion bars6
Wheels each side 86, 8x22
Return rollers each side 1 (small, behind sprocket)6
Tracks (Type) Dry pin6
Length  
Width 2' 1.6"7, 2' 1.75"5, 26"6
6.5 cm7, 660 mm2
Diameter  
Number of links 876
Pitch 5.9"6
Tire tread Rubber2
Ausf G were all steel.
Track centers/tread 8' 7"7, 8' 7 1/8"5, 8.6'6
2.62 m7

Sources:

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