ALA-007 1/35 PzKpfw I Ausf.F model kit
The Panzerkampfwagen I light tank was the basis of German armored troops during the capture of Poland in September 1939 and in the French campaign in 1940. The experience of the Polish campaign showed, that Wehrmacht needed very much a well armored infantry support tank. On 1 2th of September 1939 the Heereswaffenamt took the decision of manufacturing of a series of 30 PzKpfw I Ausf.F tanks. Armor thickness of these tanks was up to 80mm, armament consisted of two MC34 machine guns. Tank carriage was manufactured by the Krauss-Maffel company, and body and turret were made by Daimler-Benz. The Maybach HL45P engine was installed in the tank. First serial tanks of this type left the conveyer only in the end of 1942. In 1943 those tanks took part in the battles on the Eastern front being allotted to 1st and 12th Panzer divisions. Some PzKpfw I Ausf.F were sent to Yugoslavia to fight against partisan units.
Alan 1/35 PzKpfw I Ausf.F model kit. Pic.1
Prior to February 1943 all German military vehicles were factory painted Panzer Grey. From February 1943 this colour was changed to Dark Yellow. Vehicles were camouflaged according to the theatre they served in. In winter period vehicles were overpainted with wite colour, easily washed.