Easy Model EM36263 German Sturer Emil 128mm Tank Destroyer - Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front, 1943 (1:72 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
On September 9th, 1938, Henschel began building the VK3001(H), which was based on their DW II prototype and used dry pin tracks. Early in 1940, the first trials took place and by March 1941, the first VK3001(H) was ready. Two months later it was decided to abandon all development, because the VK3601(H) carried a better gun. (A 7.5cm KwK L/24 or 10.5cm KwK L/28 was planned for the VK3001(H)). Nevertheless, 4 chassis were completed and twelve turrets had been built by Krupp with the 7.5cm KwK L/24, which were later used in fortifications.
In mid 1941, the Waffenamt (Ordnance Department) decided to use 2 chassis of the VK 3001(H) to mount the Rheinmetall 12.8cm K L/61, which was based on the 12.8cm Flak. The hull had to be lengthened to fit the huge gun and an eighth roadwheel was added.
In August, the first "Versuchsjager 3001" was completed and brought to the Eastern front. The troops were inspired by its looks and capabilities, and it came to be called "Sturer Emil". One of the vehicles was captured intact late in 1943.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Sturer Emil 128mm Tank Destroyer that saw action on the Eastern Front during 1943.
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1 inch
Historical Account: "Max and Moritz" - The 12.8 cm Selbstfahrlafette auf VK3001(H) "Sturer Emil" was an experimental World War II German self-propelled anti-tank gun. It was based on the Henschel VK3001 prototype chassis and armed with a Rheinmetall 12.8 cm K L/61 gun (based on the 12.8 cm FlaK 40).
Two prototypes of the vehicle (named Max and Moritz) were made, both of which served on the Eastern Front. One vehicle was destroyed, the other captured at Stalingrad in January 1943, after destroying 36 soviet tanks. This captured vehicle is now displayed in the collection on the Kubinka Tank Museum.
Max and Moritz (A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks) is a German language illustrated story in verse. This highly inventive, blackly humorous tale, told entirely in rhymed couplets, was written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch and published in 1865. Many familiar with comic strip history consider it to have been the direct inspiration for the Katzenjammer Kids. (courtesy: Wikipedia)