Hello everyone, as the title say, what does it take to qualify a Pz.4 F2 to a Pz.4 G?
After my understanding, the production of the F2 started in late 1941, and by March 1942, the production of the Pz.4 G started. Many Pz.4 F2 were also re-designated as Pz.4 G.
Here is my real question, why do people always use the the muzzle brake baffle to differentiate the 2 versions? Both are the same gun, the 7.5cm Kwk40 L43, but out of dozen parts on the gun, why only the muzzle? which can even be replaced...
People consider the "F2" be the one with single baffle and the "G" be the one with double baffle.
Some tanks used the late 1942 hull and turret, but just because of that tiny muzzle brake, it is qualified as Pz.4 F2.
I know some mutant version between the Pz.4, but they are not common. Like the Pz.4 413 in Germany and the Pz.4 419 in UK (Which has the Pz.4 E hull with late 1941 turret and a long 75 with a double baffle muzzle brake...)
After my knowledge, the Pz.4 F2 is the upgunned version of the F and also have different gun mount to support the gun. And in 1942, when the Pz.4 G production is already started, they made several change about it, namely:
The turret without 2 extra side view ports for loader and gunner
The front turret view port for the loader is removed
The later production turret has different hatch door
The hull generally doesn't have signal ports
The hull later has the extra 30mm armor plate which a distinctive cut on top of the drive view port to allow the use of the driver's optical view port, a feature that later removed in the Pz.4 H and the 30mm plate has no cut in like such, yet, some Pz.G also has that kind of hull.
Some Pz.4 has all of the condition above, but a single muzzle brake makes it a different version...
Can anyone explain it and give me more information. It is for my own curiosity and also because I'm so tired to look for the right kit while the information on these 2 model are so vague and the muzzle brake baffle just doesn't make sense for me.
(sorry for my English)