Said to have been designed by the Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz Magirus AG firm in Ulm, the E-10 (Development name - "Hetzer") project was developed as a replacement of the Jagdpanzer 38(t). The designs based on this new chassis would all be in the 10 to 25 tonnes weight class, and using only four Tiger II-style but larger all-steel road wheels per side in an overlapping layout for its main "slack-track" suspension with no return rollers and a rear drive sprocket. Much simplified was the suspension which consisted of Belleville washers. These were simply bolted on to the chassis and could be easily removed for repair or replacement. This suspension system was later used on the Swiss Panzer 61. Most interesting aspect was the ability to lower the hull by rotating the pivot points of the suspension units via cranks driven by hydraulic actuators. This reduced the height of the vehicles from 176 cm to 140 cm.
The intention was to create several new light tank destroyers as a replacement for the Jagdpanzer 38(t), as well as a new family of Waffenträger armed with heavy anti-tank guns. However, the design was soon abandoned in favour of a redesigned and enlarged Jagdpanzer 38(t), using German parts as opposed to the Czech parts for the Jagdpanzer 38(t). This new design was called PzKpfw 38 D, of which the D stands for deutsch ("German"). Some sources spell this as PzKpfw 38(d), but this would have indicated a Danish design, not German.
- Model Info -
- Rolling Tracks
- Bogies suspension
- Elevating/depressing gun
- Builders Notes -
Due to the small scale I was unable to recreate its interesting suspension lifting feature...