1/700 Scale WW2 German Pz.Kpfw. I Light Tank x10. Highly detailed tank set.
Pz.Kpfw. I Light Tank
- 10x German Pz.Kpfw. I Light Tanks
The Panzer I
was a light tank
produced in Germany
in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I
("armored fighting vehicle mark I"), abbreviated PzKpfw I
. The tank's official German ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz
101 ("special purpose vehicle 101").
Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production began in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armored warfare
to the German Army
, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War
, in Poland
, the Soviet Union
and North Africa
during the Second World War
, and in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War
. Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German Panzerwaffes' invasion of Poland
in 1939 and France
in 1940. By 1941, the Panzer I chassis design was used as the basis of tank destroyers
and assault guns
. There were attempts to upgrade the Panzer I throughout its service history, including by foreign nations, to extend the design's lifespan. It continued to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces
The Panzer I's performance in combat was limited by its thin armour
and light armament of two machine guns
. As a design intended for training, the Panzer I was not as capable as other light tanks of the era, such as the Soviet T-26
. Although weak in combat, it formed a large part of Germany's tank forces and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939 and December 1941. The small, vulnerable light tank would be surpassed in importance by other German tanks, such as the Panzer IV
, and Tiger
; nevertheless, the Panzer I's contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during World War II was significant. Later in that war the turrets of the then obsolete PzKpfw Is and PzKpfw IIs were repurposed as gun turrets on specially built defensive bunkers, particularly on the Atlantic Wall
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.
Let your parts sit in direct sunlight for a few hours to fully cure the resin.
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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