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German Jagdpanzer E-100 Heavy Tank Destroyer with 170mm gun - Camouflage, 1946

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Modelcollect AS72099 German Jagdpanzer E-100 Heavy Tank Destroyer with 170mm gun - Camouflage, 1946 (1:72 Scale)

"[Hitler overestimated] the importance of [technology]. As a result, he would count on a mere handful of assault-gun detachments or the new Tiger tanks to restore situations where only large bodies of troops could have any prospect of success."
- German Field Marshal Erich von Manstein

One of the last projects in the long line of the ingenious German "E-series" next generation tanks, the E-100 was planned to be the basis for a whole new line of super heavy armored vehicles. The "Salamander" was based on the E-100 chassis, and was developed to be the next generation tank destroyer. The prototypes were produced in Henschel of Haustenbeck in the suburbs of Paderborn. The main armament consists of a 170mm anti-tank gun capable of firing armor-piercing projectiles at ranges up to four kilometers. A 77mm co-axial gun similar to the Maus was planned, but was done away with to give more room for the crew and ammunition. The shape that integrated a fighting compartment within the main body is reminiscent of the Jagdpanther, with the front having enough angles of inclination to product 200mm of frontal armor.

With a 1,200hp engine and a new torque converter from Mekydro, a projected speed closer to 40km/hour was attainable.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale German Jagdpanzer E-100 heavy tank destroyer mounting a 170mm gun. Comes in a camouflage pattern. Pre-order! Ship Date: April 2018.

Dimensions:
Length: 8-inches
Width: 2-1/2-inches

Release Date: November 2017

Historical Account: "The E Series" - The E-Series, or "Einheitsfahrgestell" Series, or General Purpose Chassis Series if you like English, began in April of 1943 with an order to various manufacturers to begin developing different weight classes of vehicles. The E-series was envisioned as a sort of fresh start for the panzer armies of Germany, an entire new wave of armored vehicles in all shapes and sizes. They ranged from the E-5 ultra-light tanks in the 5-10 ton range all the way up to the gargantuan E-100 series. The idea was a grander realization of what was attempted with the Koenigs Tiger and formative Panther II; a complete interchangeability of parts. Every piece of an ultra-light E-5 tank possible would be made to work in a super-heavy E-100 tank, greatly streamlining the efficiency of production, maintenance, and training. This was an impressive goal and one which has yet to be fully realized by any military to this day.

By the end of the war many vehicles in the E-Series had progressed well into the prototype phase, including a variety of light anti-tank guns. For the E-100, fate was less kind. Because of the terrible situation Germany found itself in by 1944, development of super heavy tanks was all but halted. A handful of engineers at the Henschel facility in Paderborn were allowed to continue assembling a prototype of the E-100 tank. They had nearly completed the chassis when the facility was overrun by the British and Americans in 1945. The chassis was carted off to England where it was eventually scrapped.

The legacy of the E-100 and the Krokodil are particularly sad considering that so much noise is made about the Maus when they were both clearly superior vehicles. Their greatly improved speed, even if a bit optimistic, places them leaps and bounds ahead of the Maus in terms of the usefulness they would have had on the battlefield.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Fully assembled
  • Elevating gun
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes packaged with a black plastic base

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