to Jentz & Doyle, there was an urgent need for Flak protection
for the Sturmartillerie Brigaden (Sturmgeschütz Brigades) and
this was an expedient answer. The StuG units, which were part of the
artillery service not the Panzer arm, could not count on receiving
Flakpanzer IV vehicles. The turret of the Ostwind was to be mated
with a Panzerkampfwagen III which made sense (if possible) as the
StuG III and Pz III shared suspension, engine and other parts. Like
the Ostwind, the Flakpanzer III was armed with a 3.7-cm Flak 43 gun.
I have seen no period photos of the Flakpanzer III, Jentz & Doyle
have found evidence that about five were issued, going to StuG Brigades
341, 244 and 667 in March 1945.
above box art portrays what looks like a computerized drawing onto
a WW2 period photo of a warehouse or garage building. Overall the
vehicle from the turret ring up looks the same as the Flak turret
on the Pz IV Ostwind. From the turret ring down the hull and suspension
appears to be a standard Pz III. Some items of note are the spare
gun barrel storage box (kit part A2) on the rear of the engine deck,
and the hull escape hatch (kit parts 80 & 81) visible above
the roadwheels. This hull escape hatch was phased out with the Pz.
III Ausf. L. At the time that this Flakpanzer was produced, the
Pz III was out of production so I surmise an old, rebuilt Pz III
hull would need to be used. The side escape hatches are portrayed
in Doyle’s vehicle drawing.
maybe minor thing that bothers me are the artwork’s sprocket
teeth, they are little sharp points. They should be more like that
portrayed in the Revell artwork below.
the spacer atop the superstructure to raise the height of the turret.
I presume this spacer, represented by a plastic ring (kit part M)
allowed the turret to clear the engine vents on the engine deck.
the front plate we see spaced armor (Vorpanzer) built into the Pz
III Ausf. L and added onto earlier variants. On the glacis and nose
are spare track links.
the back of the box we find Maco’s rendition of the Flakpanzer
III all in a monotone panzer yellow color. At the time these vehicles
were built in late 1944 and early 1945 I have read that many Panzers
were painted in primer brown and then given a camouflage of Panzer
yellow and green over the primer at the factory. My thoughts on
the final colors for this beast is that it would be finished in
a soft edge 3-color scheme and an ambush scheme would be possible
and look rather good.
of the 3.7-cm Flak gun would be completed in gunmetal color, the
track in dark gray and light rust and dirt, and considering scale-effect
the roadwheel tires would be dark gray not black.
instructions are the common multistep exploded view and with a good
won’t go much into the kit parts here in this review as they
are well covered in kit
reviews on the Revell Pz III kit and the Maco
Ostwind kit. Below are scans of the Maco parts that are the
same as in the Flakpanzer IV Ostwind model kit, and Maco’s
Flak 43 model kit.
for the 3.7-cm Flak gun and turret, with unused parts such as the
large gun shield (parts 33, 34 & 35)
case you wish to build your own Flakpanzer III, perhaps by using
the Ostwind turret from the Hasegawa or the Maco Ostwind Flakpanzer
IV kit, here are three reasonable choices for 1/72-scale Pz III
hulls. At left is the Dragon Pz III hull with engine vents and tow
cable molded to the hull which is a disappointment. In center is
the old ESCI Pz III kit now re-released by Italeri. At far right
is the tan color Revell Pz III upper that comes with this Maco kit.
The Revell Pz III is my preferred kit due to good molding and detail
quality and separate engine vents.
though water slide decal markings are included, the same decal sheet
as in the Wirbelwind and Ostwind kits, Maco portrays their Flakpanzer
III in either all panzer yellow or panzer yellow with white patches,
and Balkenkreuz markings on the sides and rear. As I know of no
known photos of this vehicle, the markings and color may be just
an educated guess.
is box art for Revell’s re-release of Maco’s Flakpanzer
III showing a distinct and unusual hard edge camouflage scheme and
no markings. Here is a good example of a rule of camouflage: the
wheels are one color. If a wheel is more than one color, the movement
of the spinning colors is very visible and attracts attention.
what I have seen the kit molds and parts are the same as the Maco
kit except that now all the parts are in the same color styrene
plastic now that Revell is using the molds.
Revell kits can be