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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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Rear drive? Nice, but what to do with the front spocket wheel?
JUL 06, 2016 - 06:56 PM
I am not sure it was planned to have rear drive. I have not seen any drawings of that arrangement. The whole vehicle would need redesign for a rear transmission to be fitted. The toothed idler was to stop misalignment of the track which I think would be a problem with the reduced number of road wheels of the E series.
JUL 06, 2016 - 07:55 PM
I was also under the impression that turbine engines were too bulky to fit in any panzer without major redesign of hull...
JUL 06, 2016 - 10:30 PM
Hello, The idler with teeth does not mean rear drive at all. The E-50 and E-75 had the standard layout. A rear-drive vehicle would look quite different. Concerning the turbines: they were not too bulky. One was actually tested in a Jagdtiger right at the end of the war. Cheers, John Paper Panzer website
JUL 07, 2016 - 11:57 AM
Interesting conversion, maybe to build a laboratory prototype. But looking at this from a tactical point of view, the limited reliability of early turbines would have been a huge liability.
JUL 07, 2016 - 05:58 PM

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