Just before entering the Museum. Who of you knows what it feels like to finally be in front of this entrance?
What a great year 2015 being a modeller and a tank enthusiast: in August, I visited the Bovington Tank Museumin England, and in October the Panzermuseum Munster. And both times Astrid accompanied me.
Yes, I’m a lucky one (happy emoticon!).
In this post, I just want to show you a review of some vehicles of this great place.
However, whether somebody should be especially interested in a specific subject, in the Gallerysection of this blog more pics of every vehicle I paid attention to are provided.
But first I need to thank the friendly and cooperative staff, which contributed to make this visit so enjoyable and…fruitful.
And now a short video of the first impressions you get entering Hall 1…
Here the photos of the vehicles.
Panther A! Great start, isn’t it? That’s the first thing you see just entering the first hall. This little cat was under restoration when I met it. The missing front fenders rest at the moment on the engine deck.
Panzer III M. A restored vehicle carrying the DAK insignia. Some remarkable features here, for example the front additional armor of the turret and the raised muffler on the back. Note that both the tracks were fitted contrariwise.
Wotan! A7V, replica of the German WWI tank. This vehicle is placed in a diorama, and you can have a look at the interior.
Panzer I A, on a rotating platform. Almost every vehicle at Munster seems ready to fight. To be honest, there is some inaccuracy here and there. A price to be paid, if you want to have a look at a complete subject. And I’m not the judge of this choice.
Panzer IV G. I walked around this tank and took some great photos of interesting details.
Panzer 38 (t). This tank carries the 7th Panzer Division‘s insignia (the white Y which was in use from 1941 onward)…and next to it the 11th Panzer Division‘s emblem (a “ghost”). That’s a misundestanding, due to the 7th’s nickname “Gespensterdivision”, whereas the ghost was the 11th’s emblem.
Schwimmwagen. What can I say? A classic, isn’t it? Again, we took some great photos, for example of the helix and its bracket.
Fully equipped Hetzerwith three colours camouflage scheme.
Jagdpanzer IV, with Zimmerit and side skirts. This vehicle is fitted with the 7.5cm Pak 39 L/48. Later versions of this tank hunter used the longer and more powerful 7.5 cm Pak 42 L/70
Another Jagdpanzer IV…
Stug III G. Note the Saukopf and the steel return rollers of this vehicle. Note the antiskid plate of the fenders, too. Definitely not the original one. And the tracks were fitted contrariwise…
SdKfz 251/7. That’s a pioneer vehicle. Note the small assault bridge above the side racks.
SdKfz 251/9 “Stummel”. I could take useful photos of the gun mount and of the driving compartment.
Sd.Kfz. 234/4 mit 7,5-cm-PaK 40 L/46. Now I can update my kit!
Ok, have I to introduce you to the little beast? Tiger I, that’s is it. You can find some infos on this vehicle here.
Impressive shot of the Tiger II, Henschel turret. This tank was captured in France in 1944.
I close this review with the Sturmtiger. I have been chasing this one since a while: I looked for it in Sinsheim, in Koblenz, and finally I caught it. Astrid gave me the Revell kit years ago. And ever since I wanted to build a great model to thank her. So I was looking for as much infos as possible. So, nothing better than the real one. And, at Munster, I got one more present….To be continued : )
It was great, to visit the Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster. It is worth spending a lot of time there. Many vehicles, well displayed and accessible. And I have to thank again the staff, for their kindness and availability.
There are modern tanks, too, in the Museum, and they will be subject of another post.
For sure, I’ll be back in Munster. And, if you haven’t been there yet, go to see the Panzermuseum Munster!