Tanks! You’re welcome! Sorry. Had to get that out of the way. Once again, I’m going old school and off the beaten path, literally this time.
Here we have a pair of Corgi Fighting Machines 1:72 (ish) Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV) medium tanks.
Introduced in 1939, the Panzer IV was designed with infantry support in mind while the Panzer III was to handle taking out enemy armor. The Panzer III however, started proving to be increasingly vulnerable to the enemy tanks, particularly, the Soviet T-34 tanks. Thus, the Panzer IV role was modified to anti-armor.
The Panzer IV proved to be a reliable, multi-faceted platform that allowed it to be modified for many different roles including the Sturmgeschütz IV assault gun, the Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer and the Wirblewind self-propelled anti-aircraft gun. Powered by a 300 hp Maybach HL 120TRM engine, this tank was capable of 39Kmp/h (24mp/h) despite its weight of 16 tons
Rather than develop a new tank to replace it, and due to its adaptability and reliability, the Panzer IV instead received design revisions and upgrades to armor and weapons systems, allowing it to remain a formidable adversary, even with the introduction of the Panther and Tiger tanks. With over 8800 units manufactured, the Panzer IV was the most widely produced and deployed German tank of the war, seeing action in all German theaters. This is also the only German tank that was manufactured throughout the entire war.
The dark green tank represents the Battle of Stalingrad while the other one is from the D-Day campaign. While small, Corgi tried to pack in a lot of details into this cast. On the back is a tow rope and the tow hook along with the muffler and exhaust. On the front is the extra tracks, access hatches and more tow hooks. But on the sides, you get the assorted tools for on-the -go maintenance as well as a couple of extra wheels.
Of course, with a model this small, the tracks are solid and the whole vehicle rolls on regular wheels.
Overall, I was happy with these as they don’t take up a lot of space and they really help to round out my WW2 collection. Hope you enjoy!