Palankas

Palanka (Turkish palanka, Hungarian palánk, French palanque), or stockade, a type of fortification often found in Hungary and Turkey, where it is used to enclose a small town, in lue of a town wall. Palankas are palisades, driven into the ground close to each other; the reverse is backfilled to create a breastwork, and held in place by the palisades.

Source: Rumpf, H. F.: Allgemeine Real-Encyclopädie der gesammten Kriegskunst (Berl. 1827)

Scale Model Palankas

Palankas are easily scratchbuilt, using palisade stakes made from twigs, dowelling, bamboo or birchwood skewers, matchsticks, split model timber, broom bristles, polystyrene rod, wire or piano wire of the proper scale height and width.

Scale Height Width Source
1:1 4 – 6 m 4 – 6″ timber
1:16 250 – 375 mm 6 – 9.5 mm twigs, dowel rod
1:22.5 178 – 267 mm 5 – 7 mm twigs, dowel rod
1:30 133 – 200 mm 3 – 5 mm twigs, skewers, dowel rod
1:32 125 – 188 mm 3 – 5 mm twigs, skewers, dowel rod
1:43.5 93 – 140 mm 2 – 3.5 mm twigs, matchsticks, skewers
1:48 83 – 125 mm 2 – 3 mm twigs, matchsticks, skewers
1:50 80 – 120 mm 2 – 3 mm twigs, matchsticks, skewers
1:56 71 – 107 mm 2 – 2.5 mm twigs, matchsticks
1:64 63 – 94 mm 1.5 – 2 mm twigs, matchsticks
1:72 56 – 83 mm 1.5 – 2 mm twigs, matchsticks
1:76 53 – 79 mm 1.5 – 2 mm twigs, matchsticks
1:87 46 – 69 mm 1 – 1.5 mm twigs, styrene rod
1:100 40 – 60 mm 1 – 1.5 mm twigs, styrene rod
1:120 33 – 50 mm 1 – 1.5 mm twigs, wire, styrene rod
1:144 28 – 42 mm 0.7 – 1 mm broom bristles, wire
1:160 25 – 38 mm 0.6 – 1 mm broom bristles, piano wire
1:200 20 – 30 mm 0.5 – 0.8 mm piano wire, broom bristles
1:225 18 – 27 mm 0.5 – 0.7 mm piano wire, broom bristles
1:250 16 – 24 mm 0.4 – 0.6 mm piano wire, broom bristles
1:285 14 – 21 mm 0.4 – 0.5 mm piano wire
1:300 13 – 20 mm 0.3 – 0.5 mm piano wire
1:400 10 – 15 mm 0.3 – 0.4 mm piano wire

While there are no scale models of Palanka, or Russian Cherta, fortifications available at this time, ZVEZDA’s Russian Fort may be used to recreate them.

  • Russian Fort, 1:72 ZVEZDA 8501
    • Corner Tower, 1:72 ZVEZDA 8502
    • Flank Tower, 1:72 Conversion
    • Palisade, 1:72 ZVEZDA 8503
    • Palisade with Gate, 1:72 ZVEZDA 8504

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