1/6 Scale Vehicle and Crew
Hetzer Jagdpanzer 38(t) #235
2nd Platoon, Panzerjager Abt.741
5.Panzer Army (von Manteuffel)
Ardennes, December 1944
Hetzers Go Into Action
First Hetzers entered service with 731st and 743rd Heeres Panzerjager Abteilung in May/June of 1944.
Each unit received 45 Hetzers and both units saw service on the Eastern Front.
Hetzers were then issued to three more independent units - 741st (1944), 561st (1945)
and 744th Heeres Panzerjager Abteilung (1945).
Waffen-SS received sm
with Hetzers was 8th SS Cav
PzJg Abt.741 / 5.Panzer-Army
On December 17, PzJg Abt 741 had 20 Hetzers operation
They were assigned to von Manteuffel’s 5.Panzer Army
The 5.Panzer Amry’s objective were to reach the
With its two panzer corps, they were to seize bridgeheads over the river to the south between Huy and
It would then continue its attack towards
Its own left flank would be protected by the 7.Army.
Vehicle # 235 was one of the 20 Hetzers left in their unit. Full strength was 45 Hetzers, but even under strength, this veteran tank killer unit was an important asset of the 5.Panzer Army.
The 20 Hetzers of the detachment were organized in four platoons of four vehicles each. The Headquarter section, norm
Crew (left to right):
Loader, Gefreiter Christoph Berner
Commander, Unterfeldwebel Erwin Wendt
Gunner, Obergefreiter Karl Cramer
Driver, Obergefreiter Manfred Schmitt
Details of the Crew
I like to give my crews and vehicles a Time and Place.
The information and names are fictional but the units places and events are, to the best of my knowledge, real.
Unterfeldwebel Erwin Wendt was the commander of vehicle #235 and of the second platoon of PzJg Abt 741.
He is a highly decorated veteran who began his carrer on a towed anti-tank unit in early 1942.
He then had been trained and transferred to a Panzerjager unit, becoming an very effective gunner in a Marder III(SdKfz139 with Russian 7.62 gun), later in the year . He distinguished himself in actions on the Eastern Front and was given command of a Marder III (Sdkfz 138 with 75mm PaK40/3 gun) by late in 1943. He was awarded the Iron Cross first class early in 1944. His heroic actions and those of the other members of Panzerjager Abt 34 had h
Obergefreiter Karl Cramer was a veteran of anti tank units. Karl served in the Eastern Front where he had been a gunner in a PaK40 unit in 1943. Early In the summer of 1944 he was sent to the Milovice Panzerjaegerschule for training in the new generation tank killer. He liked the new Hetzers and was now assigned as Wendt’s gunner as the unit moved West for the
Gefreiter Christoph Berner, a veteran of the Panzertruppe, had been re-assigned to a tank-killer unit as there were simply not enough tanks to go around. Had seen major action in the Summer of 1944 and now was getting aquainted with his new comrades of PzJg741. He now enjoyed tank-killer operations and as loader of this crew he felt confident of his abilities operating inside and outside of their vehicle.
Obergefreiter Manfred Schmitt , another crusty veteran and driver of #235, had been part of various panzerjager units. He was regarded as a ‘mechanic
This Hetzer was made by Mardon C
The vehicle was painted and some details were added. Not sure how the bare model comes , but this one had spare track links, side skirts, periscopes and was apinted in this late war dark green, brown and buff veins. Dec
I liked this scheme as it is different enough and once I get sever
The colors were VERY dark so I decided to use the colors as a base color and using dry brushing bring out the detail and weather the tank.
I used Tamiya acrylics(All references to Tamiya FLAT colors) for
I used RedBrown to dry brush the brown areas. For the dark green area I used a combination of Dark Green and Green tp bring out the details of this area. Wherever I had to retouch the light veins I used Buff, out of the bottle. Made sure not to cover the numbers or the nation
For weathering, I began by repainting with VERY dark brown (mixed some Black and Red Brown) and repainted the tracks. I could not figure out how to remove them so I painted them as best I could around the wheels and chassis.
I then used a slightly lighter mix to paint the chassis between the wheels and the underside of the vehicle (you never know when this area might show up in a low angle photo! :o) )
Used Flat Earth, Red Brown and my Black Red Brown Mix, making sure the colors were not even. I then applied some of my usu
I then added a couple of
Once I was happy with the basic paint I started to weather the top area, adding different color layers of dirt and mud colors. This time around I added a couple of new colors to my mud color p
I continue changing the shades of the mud/dirt and add layers and layers to the vehicle’s lower areas..
It took so long to do this dry brushing, first on the basic color, then on the weathering, that when I finished my hands were hurting (I worked for
I then began preparing the pieces to place on the vehicle.
I prepared two rucksacks (bbi), had used these before for the 250/9 and I had been able to get some more loose after that. I don’t re
Used some Rio Rondo leather lace on other bundles and even ther belt that comes with the bbi rucksack. I then apply a heavy dirty wash to
I then went back to the vehicle, tweaked the weathering a bit more and then began to add wear to some areas with a carpenter’s pencil I got in Home Depo. I rubbed the graphite in the edge of the idler wheel and did the same to the drive wheel teeth. I
Added the blankets, bundles rucksacks to the vehicle using weathered Mfisher cloth ribbon.
Nothing is glued, except the bundle on top of the spare tracks on the rear to the right,
Added a strip of camo net to the gun barrel and tied it with some string I recently got from Blue Jacket a supplier of materi
Figures Common Details:
Most of the items used here are from Dragon.
Parkas and winter trousers from Kurz/Lang.
The wraps used are from Viktor and were bleached and dyed with RIT dyes to get more of a grey color.
M43 caps are from Lionsheadwear with CVI insignia.
All the HS washed as usu
Had some problem with the wash as it bled the wraps and the dark color stained the white camo of the hood and parka. Still not sure what happened, but apparently RIT dye and denatured
Panzer collar tabs by
A couple of custom toques from parts box, I forgot who made these(same guy who made camo mittens some time ago)
For this crew I could have gone with black wraps as panzerjager units were part of the panzertruppe and used both types of speci
HS: Erwin Stransenberg
Boots: CH von Paulus
Holster: Viktor style
Gloved hands : bbi
HS: Karl Richter
Boots: New winter DML boots
HS: Manfred Hecht
Boots: regular DML low boots
High Ranking Visitors!
Panzerjager unit and Unterfeldwebel Wendt
are visited by General der Panzertruppe von Manteuffel
and other officers of the 5 Panzer Army.
Ready For Action!
Might try this shot again at a later time.