Paper Panzer Productions

I’ve been naughty again! In recent months Paper Panzer Productions had announced PPP35025 Radar und KDO040 Turm Heimdall (turret) to fit the E-50 or E-75 chassis and seeing it made we want to build a ‘what-if’ again. Last week the set was finally released and by Friday it was in my possession along with a set of wheels (PPP35003) and new exhausts (PPP35002) to replace those in the Trumpeter E-50 kit.
The quality of the parts is VERY good indeed, detailing is crisp and I am seriously impressed, being resin they need a clean up but it will be nothing too taxing and should’nt take long at all.
The idea behind it is a TOTAL ‘what-if’ and here’s what Paper Panzer Productions say about it;

‘As the war progressed the Germans realized that their air defences were put to an increasingly difficult task. The massive deployment of allied fast fighter-bombers forced them to create a barrage. Barrage fire by multiple weapons had to be coordinated by complicated mechnical calculators. The KDO Gerät 40 (range finder) was widely used, but both equipment and crew were very vulnerable in the open. Therefore it was decided to incorporate this big device in an armored turret. The 5,5cm Flakturm offered enough space for the device and a four-man crew. The cooling of the aggregate was done by an external cooling unit. The large optical device (4,2m) was built in so that underneath a large space for the calculator was available. The maximum range of the complex system was 18.000m. The target coordinates could be transmitted to four Flak vehicles. The timelapse between detecting a target and the first shot was only 30 seconds.
Data was transmitted over a cable. A novelty device was built in the turret, the FUG240 Berlin radar. The device had a range of about 9.000m which was more than enough at night and in bad weather conditions. The device had a bakelite cover for protection. The detection systems could be used in sync or separately.’

Personally I love it! Anyway onto the pictures;

The 2m antenna shown is not in the kit by the way. I’ve ordered a Trumpeter E-50 via Ebay plus some Hobbyboss King Tiger tracks (because they were cheap) so when it all turns up the bench may be cleared to make way for this project. 
Find the turret and other interesting bits here;

Published by andyk21

I've been a modelmaker for a verrry long time and still show no signs of growing out of it after 50 plus years. I mainly build tanks, aircraft and paint figures but generally do whatever takes my fancy whether it's historical, Science-fiction, a 'what-if' or because it has pretty colours and looks nice. I'm hoping that you find my blog interesting and useful, particularly if building a model that I have built and documented here.

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