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jeeves13 Sep 2021 7:45 p.m. PST

Is it just me or is the Zvezda 1/100 Panzer II tiny?

Son of Liberty13 Sep 2021 8:40 p.m. PST

As near as I can tell, at 1/100 scale the Pz II should be less than 2 inches long. (1.89 inches, according to the figures I found. Or, 4.81 centimeters if you're of the metric way of doing things.) How does the model match up with those numbers?

jeeves13 Sep 2021 9:10 p.m. PST

Measured from fender to fender, it's less than 1 3/4". I brought this up because the 3d printed Panzer IIs I have are considerably bigger than the Zvezda model.

Cerdic13 Sep 2021 10:28 p.m. PST

I've stood next to one. It is tiny…

Thresher0114 Sep 2021 2:03 a.m. PST

Very easy to figure out.

Find out its size in meters, and then measure the mini in millimeters.

1/100th scale should be exactly 1% of the larger vehicle's length, width, and height.

A vehicle made to carry 2 x machine guns doesn't need to be very big – just ask the British, with their "carriers" used in WWII.

Colonel Chabert14 Sep 2021 3:02 a.m. PST

Dimensions of the Zvezda Panzer II:
Length 4.2cm, width 2.1cm, height 1.8cm.
If Wiki is correct these should be 4.81cm, 2.22cm and 1.99cm respectively so yes the Zvezda model is undersize.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 8:21 a.m. PST

To broaden this topic a bit – who makes a Pz 2 that actually looks like one? I haven't yet found one I think fits the bill.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 3:01 p.m. PST

Yes, the Zvezda PzII is rather notorious for being out of scale. If I remember they are also some issues with their 38 as well.

Here is one thread on the topic
TMP link

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Sep 2021 7:30 a.m. PST

I'm always amazed that scale model companies can't get basic dimensions right.

Colonel Chabert18 Sep 2021 3:02 a.m. PST

I haven't found one either. I'm hoping that at some point PSC will get round to making one, preferably with Marder options.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2021 7:39 a.m. PST

I'm always amazed that scale model companies can't get basic dimensions right.

Would that it were just dimensions. Sticking with Zvezda, I have a number of their T-26s, nice little kits. But it drives me nuts that the drive sprocket on their model has 5 arms while the real thing has 6. They even have it right on the cover of the box, just not in the kit. And while one may quibble about a Russian company not having access to a Pz-II no excuse for a T-26 :)

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