The Entwicklung series, more commonly known as the E-series, was a late-World War II attempt by Germany to produce a standardized series of tank designs. There were to be standard designs in six different weight classes, from which several specialized variants were to be developed. This intended to reverse the trend of extremely complex tank designs that had resulted in poor production rates and mechanical unreliability.
The E-series designs were simpler, cheaper to produce and more efficient than their predecessors; however, their design offered only modest improvements in armour and firepower over the designs they were intended to replace, such as the Jagdpanzer 38(t), Panther Ausf.G or Tiger II; and would have represented the final standardization of German armored vehicle design. Indeed, nearly all of the E-series vehicles — up through and including the E-75 — were intended to use what were essentially the Tiger II's eighty centimeter diameter, steel-rimmed road wheels for their suspension, meant to overlap each other (as on the later production Tiger I-E and Panther designs that also used them).
The E-75 Standardpanzer was intended to be the standard heavy tank to be used as a replacement of the Tiger II and Jagdtiger. The E-75 would have been built on the same production lines as the E-50 for ease of manufacture, and the two vehicles were to share many components, including the same Maybach HL 234 engine. As its name indicates, the resulting vehicle would have weighed in at over 75 tonnes, reducing its speed to around 40 km/h. To offset the increased weight, the bogies were spaced differently from on the E-50, with an extra pair added on each side, giving the E-75 a slightly improved track to ground contact length.
According to some sources, the similarities between the E-50 and the E-75 went further; they were to be equipped with the same turret and 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 along with an optical rangefinder for increased long range accuracy. German scientists and engineers had successfully designed a Schmalturm, narrow-front turret and infra-red lighting and sights for use on the prototypes of the Panther Ausf. F as the war drew to a close.
The original complex suspension by torsion bars was simplified with bogies. The standard Tiger II turret was equipped with 8.8cm KwK 44 L71 gun. The engine was an improved, fuel-injected Maybach HL234 which had 900 hp.
My aim was to create something different than next red primed "E" kit which is the most popular painting in the kits from this series. I was looking for inspiration in the internet and components of the project. I did not want to copy Adam Wilder's E-50 painting (one of the best I have ever seen) or even Geschuzwagen Tiger but the best solution for my kit seems to be dual colors painting - steel plates with rust traces connected with red primed turret. The vehicle would be out of the production line, without the tools only with towing cables and some spare track links as the additional armor on the turret and back of the main body.
Before I started the kit's box gradually filled with all elements of the jigsaw.
Here they are:
- Trumpeter 01538
- Friulmodel tracks ATL-37
- Paper Panzer Production PPP 35004 E-75 wheel set, 35007 Einheitsturm for E-50/E-75, 35012 Casting Symbols, 35015 Panzer Crew 1946, 35017 GT-103 Turbine Engine deck
- Eureka XXL towing cables, Ammo boxes E-006, 8,8cm Pzgr.Patr.40/43 Kw.K 43 A-3522
- RB Model antenna rod
- Wilder WWII German factory markings for vehicles, WWII German crosses for vehicles
Full S-B-S article with the pictures was published in Military Modelcraft International.