Odd Panther

Discussion in 'Armoured' started by Dave55, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    Was going over pictures from 2013 visit to Fort Benning and saw this one again.

    Anyone know what is going on with the rear idler sprocket? It is much lower than normal. Maybe some type of experimental drive? This one was originally up at Aberdeen Proving ground in Maryland and a lot of captured experimental stuff went there after the war. Might be a snorkel stowed on the left side.

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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The 'Mortain' Panther?
    I think it's just got collapsed suspension at the rear so is sitting oddly. That, and/or they had to shorten the track at some point and cranked the idler in to accommodate
    (Pure speculation. Their 'Panther II' is sitting quite nicely these days. Wonder if they might have robbed a torsion bar or two. Or maybe some links.)

    Gun cleaning gear was stowed in the tube.
     
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  3. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    Typical look for a burnt-out' Panther/Tiger. The rear idler has not moved at all. It is the road-wheels that have moved upwards and thus it appears the idler has been lowered. Note the distance between the last road-wheel and the hull has 'shrunk' on the museum example.

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