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Germany's Selbstfahrlafette V

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36263:
Easy Models 1/72 Diecast Armor 36263, German 1.28-cm Selbstfahrlafette

Design

The Selbstfahrlafette was to test the feasibility of using a 12.8cm Flak gun against fortifications.2

Chassis

The chassis for the Selbstfahrlafette was a prototype, VK.3001(H), that Henschel had proposed for a 30 ton tank.2,3 The chassis was lengthened to make room for a fighting compartment.2

Production

  • 12.8cm Selbstfahrlafette L/61 (Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette V): 21
    • Production: Early 19421,2
    • Manufacturer: Henschel1, Rheinmetall-Borsigg1

Variants

  • 12.8cm K 40 auf Versuchsfahrgestell (VK 3001) H; 12.8cm Kanone 40 auf Sfl VK 3001 (H); 12.8cm Selbstfahrlafette L/61 (Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette V):

Usage

The two Selbstfahrlafette Vs were trialed in Russian in 1942.3

Specifications

  128 mm Selbstfahrlafette V
Crew 51,2
Radio FuG51,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 35 tons1
Length 9.7 m1
Height 2.7 m1
Width 3.16 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 128 mm K L/611
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG341
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 181
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@8°1
Hull Front, Lower 50@13.5°1
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°1
Hull Rear 15@16°1 & 30@45°1
Hull Top 15@90°1
Hull Bottom 20@90°1 & 35@20°1 & 35@22°1
Superstructure Front 50@14.5°1
Mantlet: 50@40°1
Superstructure Sides 15@10°1
Superstructure Rear 15@14.5°1
Superstructure Top Open°1
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL1161
Transmission 6 forward, 1 reverse.1
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 7° left, 7° right1
Speed - Road 25 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -15° to +10°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
  3. Profile AFV Weapons #48 PzKpfw VI Tiger I and Tiger II ("King Tiger"), Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
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