1:16 Conversion Kit Flakpanzer Panther Flakzwilling 341September 16, 2018
#Flakpanzer #Panther mit 3,7 cm Flakzwilling 341
Mounting twin 3.7cm flak guns
in an enclosed turret, the Fl of the Flakpanzer V “Coelian” was a variant of the Panther tank and was designed to deal with the increasing danger to German forces from ever-dominant Allied airpower. The design didn’t reach production as the Panther hull was too valuable as a main battle tank.
Allied airpower all but supreme
in the later years of the war, German requirements for better equipped anti-aircraft vehicles became ever more urgent. Rheinmetall-Borsig designed the Coelian – marrying a Panther ausf G hull with a fully enclosed turret mounting twin 3.7mm flak cannons. This would give the crews a larger degree of protection when taking on strafing fighters or marauding bombers. The Coelian would also be able to fire at ground targets.
Three other Flakpanzer V designs
were designed. One of them was a version with four 20mm MG 151/20 guns, but it kept having to conform to revised designs based on changing government requirements (such as demands for more modern guns with longer barrels).
A second one was the version with two 8.8 cm Flak 41 guns.
The Last one is the “Super Coelian”. Mostly the same Coelian design, but with a bigger closed turret and two more powerfull 5.5 cm Flakzwilling Gerät 58, a twin version from the 5.5 cm/77 (2.17″) Gerät 58 . Please do not make a mistake with the Flakpanzer Panther Flakzwilling mit 5.5 cm Gerät 58 which was also a Panther design with the same guns, but with a roof open turret.
However, the design didn’t leave the drawing board due to the need to utilize all Panther hulls in their normal role – as arguably the best tank of the war.
It seems the basic idea lived on and became the Flakpanzer Gepard
(“anti-aircraft cannon tank Cheetah”, better known as the Flakpanzer Gepard) is an all-weather-capable German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG). It was developed in the 1960s and fielded in the 1970s. and has been upgraded several times with the latest electronics. It constituted a cornerstone of the air defence of the German Army (Bundeswehr) and a number of other NATO countries. In Germany, the Gepard was phased out in late 2010 to be replaced by “SysFla”, a mobile and stationary air defence system using the LFK NG missile and the new MANTIS gun system. The mobile platform of SysFla will likely be based on the GTK Boxer
We are very pleased to show you the prototypes of our new Flakpanzer 341 conversion kit for the Radio Controlled Panther