Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 03:43 AM UTC
The new conversion from Paper Panzer Productions allows to represent how would have looked the German E-50, E-75 or Konigstiger with the projected gas turbine.
German engineers considered the possibility of installing gas turbines in panzers. In the summer of 1944 Dr. Alfred Müller began his work on these projects in Earnst.
The final results of his work, and that of his assistant Dipl.-Ing. Kolb, were the designs GT-101, GT-102 and GT-103. Of the first two sketches for the installation in the Panther exist. Of the GT-103 only a cross-section sketch exists. This power unit was a GT-102 unit with a regenerative heat exchanger added to reduce the fuel consumption.
Paper Panzer Productions presents with this conversion its interpretation of the GT-103 power unit. The kit comes with photo-etch grilles for the dual turbine exhausts and two backplates: one for the Trumpeter E-50 and E-75 kits and one for the Dragon Konigstiger kits.
Additionally, a set of idler wheels for the E-50 and E-75 is available as well. The idler fits the original tracks by Trumpeter, but also Friul tracks (King Tiger). In the latter case it is needed to leave a little space between the main idler element and the part that connects to the idler axle.
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