equipe iii

Say hello to the Global Mecha Defense Force’s (GMDF) most powerful defense robot, modeled after the current Banjiras and built around the skeleton of the original monster from 1954.

MechaBanjiras Mk.III is equipped with homing rockets in his gauntlets, Maser beam cannons in his jaw, shoulder mounted plasma cannons that detach and become a separate vessel, jet boosters on his back and under the feet capable of high speed flight or hovering, a diamond-tipped drill on his tail which can pierce almost any terrestrial or extraterrestrial material, and the Absolute Zero cannon mounted in his chest which opens up once fully charged.

It was built specifically so that the help of Banjiras or the other Earth monsters wouldn’t be needed, and as a defensive weapon in case any of them go rogue again. Although powerful, it cannot remain active for more than two hours, less if the Absolute Zero cannon is utilized.

It is therefore flown in by military aircraft to conserve as much energy as possible for battle.

Panzer IIIs equipped with Winterketten, not to be confused with Ostketten. During the second world war the Germans had several approaches to improve the maneuverability of their tanks in the winter time, winterketten was one of those solutions. Winterketten was just some tracks with offshoots from the side, they easily broke off because very little was there to support them. Some of the other solutions to this problem was the Mittelstollen and Hammerstollen, which basically acted as cleats for the tanks.

The Hammerstollen was fitted into the holes on either side of the track and then held in place with some pins.

Mittelstollen actually had a spring mechanism that held it in place and was clipped into place using the hole where the track guide horn was to hold itself in place. Both of these were fitted to help improve traction in snowy and icy conditions. Below is some Mittenstollen fitted to a panther.

Winterketten itself was developed in 1942 and was just regular track links with flat protrusions coming out from either side, so technically you could have a tank with alternating regular tracks and Winterketten.

More Panzer iiis equipped with Winterketten. (Circa 1943)

Here you can see Winterketten (top) and Ostketten (Bottom). Winterketten was basically a modified version of the standard tracks the Ostketten was basically a new track design entirely. Ostketten were designed in 1944 to increase performance in the Russian mud. It was basically a larger track links. It having more connection points than a standard Panzer iii/iv track, thus it was not compatible with standard track links, but with the added benefit of being stronger than Winterketten. Below is a StuG IV equipped with Ostketten.

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A Panzer III pulls along an infantry sled during testing in 1943. The project was an attempt to provide infantry support for tanks operating in deep snow, but it was never went beyond the testing stage.

The Panzer III is equipped with the Famo box running gear, which was a planned update for both the Panzer III and Panzer IV to lead to more uniformity of parts and ease of supply. Although of improved quality on the existing systems, the project ended in 1944 without being put into production, as production had since ended on the Panzer III and diminished greatly for the Panzer IV.

(Bundesarchiv)

One of my Favorite Black and White Protraits…
Model: Davichou
Photographer: Dream'Studios
Equipments: Canon 5D Mark III, lens: Canon Ef 24-105mm
Editing by Aristide Campbell

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