C-P Models offers a set of five Wehrmacht Panzerknacker figures suitable for the 1943 to 1945 period of the war. These miniatures represent men from different units of the Wehrmacht, some wearing camouflage smocks and helmet covers, others in late war uniform with falling collar. These figures are 23 to 24 mm tall, well proportioned, and slender enough to be compatible with 1:72 scale plastic miniatures. The kneeling man (5), throwing the anti-tank mine, seems to be straight out of an old Wehrmacht training manual. The question remains then and now: how far do you throw a 9.4 kg (21 lb) anti-tank Tellermine to avoid the blast?
- 5 Figures in 5 Poses – 23/24 mm height equals 166 to 172 cm
- NCO with Haft-Hohlladung (1944) magnetic hollow-charge
- Panzerknacker advancing with geballte Ladung stick grenade cluster
- Panzerknacker seated with Faustpatrone/Panzerfaust 50 Klein (1942)
- Panzerknacker kneeling with Faustpatrone/Panzerfaust 50 Klein (1942)
- Panzerknacker kneeling, throwing Tellermine 35 Stahl (1942)
Excellent choice of subject. German Panzerknacker figures have been covered in other figure sets, but these five figures are clearly into the job at hand.
Useful historic poses.
Considering that the German Tellermine was nearly 4 inches thick, Panzerknacker Nr. 5 might be better advised to hold it by the handle, rather than between his thumb and fingers. In a kneeling position, the best he can hope for is to toss the mine into a roadway and pray that it slides the extra inches to hit the approaching tank’s running gear.
These Panzerknacker figures are well sculpted and nicely compatible with existing 1:72 scale plastic troops. They may be deployed individually to represent tank busters operating on their own initiative, or mixed into regular troops stands to indicate any tank busting capability the unit might have. Mixed into an infantry stand, the advancing and kneeling tank busters are inconspicuous enough to avoid detection on the wargame table.