1/700 Scale WW2 German Army VK 30.01 (D) Medium Tank.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
VK 30.01 (D) Medium Tank
- 10x VK 30.01 (D) Medium Tanks
The requirements for the new development of a 30-ton schwere Panzerkampfwagen included the ability to mount at least the 7.5cm KwK L/24 main gun with a desire to fit the 10.5cm KwK L/28 if possible. Later, in 1941, the German Army encountered unexpectedly-heavily armoured enemy vehicles such as the Soviet T-34 and KV-1. Plans were then made to instead mount the more effective 8.8cm KwK L/56.Krupp were directly contracted by Porsche to produce the turret to house the 8.8cm KwK L/56 and the two teams worked together to develop it for the VK 3001 (P) chassis. A fully developed drawing with the Krupp turret was completed, dated 5 March 1941. The Krupp turret would go on to be used on both the Tiger (P) and the infamous Tiger I.
Uncommon for tanks at the time, Porsche selected a Gasoline-electric drive train. The front drive sprockets for the tracks were driven by two electric motors mounted forward in the hull. Two, air-cooled, V-10 gasoline engines, mounted toward the rear of the vehicle, were each connected to a generator to produce electricity. The generated electricity was then used to power the motors.
Each engine produced 210hp at 2500 RPM; a total of 420hp was therefore available to drive the generators.
Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured.
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Water-based acrylic paints meant for plastics is strongly recommended. Other paints, especially enamels, may not cure on Frosted Detail 3D-printed plastics.
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