That Vintage Airfix Afrika Korps Gun 1962

My recent post about my Vintage Airfix Version 1 Afrika Korps received a nostalgic welcome from many readers who started their wargaming hobby (career?) with these slight plastic 20mm figures.

The box listings suggest the kneeling officer should also crew the German anti tank gun as the Gun Commander.

There were also some interesting reader comments about the strange inclusion of the “weird anti-tank gun” which was correctly identified by Ian Dury as a taper bored German anti-tank weapon called the 2.8cm schwer Panzer Busche 41 with a link to https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.8_cm_sPzB_41

2.8 cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 (sPzB 41) or “Panzerbüchse 41” was a German anti-tank weapon working on the squeeze bore principle. Officially classified as a heavy anti-tank rifle (German: schwere Panzerbüchse), it would be better described, and is widely referred to, as a light anti-tank gun …

The sPzB 41 was used by some motorized divisions and by some Jäger (light infantry), Gebirgsjäger (mountain) and Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) units. Some guns were supplied to anti-tank and sapper units …

The last gun was built in 1943; the main reason for the discontinuance was the lack of tungsten for projectiles (Wikipedia)

Wikipedia image source
The gun is slightly more clearly seen in this picture of a captured gun, one of several on Wikipedia Commons.

A crew of three for our “weird anti-tank gun” on an armoured car, not unlike our Airfix model.

The illustrations show a fairly clear depiction of this early antitank gun which featured in both the first version German Infantry and the Afrika Korps figures.

Vintage Airfix Box art showing the German anti-tank gun pictured in Jean-Christophe Carbonel’s excellently illustrated book, Airfix’s Little Soldiers HO/OO from 1959 to 2009.

The sPzB41 Gun shown on the Airfix box art.

… and some opposition on the painting and basing table – 1962 version 1 Airfix 8th Army Figures, that I first painted as a child in the late 1970s / early 1980s.

A crew of three for the Airfix 8th Army heavy weapon – a Vickers Heavy Machine Gun

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 21 December 2019