(Yes, yes, I did do that on purpose…) I am working on doing a model of the Panhard VBL, but I’ve having quite a bit of difficulty in ascertaining the versions.
The information is a bit… Sketchy, as all the places I’ve found talk about the various roles and armament, but only mention the command post as being the long version, which is the VB2L.
But I’ve see a large amount of photos that are with the straight back, all just labelled VBL (even in wiki’s main page) and it doesn’t all seem to be related to the role, since I’ve seen some with turrets on the pinched back and some on the straight back.
With some estimated proportions from using my ruler on the screen, I began to wonder if maybe all the straight-backed ones I’d seen were VB2Ls (especially the export versions) and just not called as such.
But then looking at Tank Encyclopedia, I saw their illustrations of both pinched and straight backed VBLs AND a longer version for the command post (presumably the VB2L).
I am thus now baffled.
Are there pinched and straight backed VBLs and a straight backed longer VB2L?
Or is it that tank encyclopedia’s illustrations are wrong? (I mean, possible, but I feel like drawing that many illustrations would entail looking at enough VBLs that the differences would be noted right? I mean, I spotted it and I don’t want to do them the disservice of assuming they are less diligant than me (since they presumaly have better sources than my Use Google image Search).
I’m having difficult locating sources that clearly show both apparent VBL versions together. The best I’ve found is here, where photos 8 and 9 show a VBL and a VB2L together… But that hasn’t helped me work out if all the straight back VBLs are VB2Ls, or if this genuniely is just a VB2L with pinched-back VBLs.
I would greatly appreciate anyone who could shed an light on this.