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1:72 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D

SKU: 500777530

1:72 Churchill Mk. III, Dieppe 1942

SKU: 500777510

Article number: 500777510 Product: 1:72 Churchill Mk. III, Dieppe 1942

The Churchill infantry tank is a most distinctive design with its extremely long chassis and wraparound tracks. Named after the British Minister of Defence of the time, the Churchill tank was very well armored. It was produced in a series of versions that offered heavier armor and more powerful armament as the war progressed. The Mk.III, weighing in at 39,626kg, arrived on the scene in March 1942. It featured a 6-pounder gun in the all-welded turret, and the hull-mounted howitzer fitted in previous variants was deleted. The Churchill Mk.III was famously involved in the failed landing at Dieppe in northern France on 19 August 1942. The raid landed more than 3,600, mostly Canadian, soldiers, of which 60% were killed, wounded or captured.

Dragon is issuing a 1/72 scale kit representing a Churchill Mk.III of the type that went ashore at Dieppe. To create this variant, many new components such as a complete upper hull have been newly tooled. A very obvious addition is the extended exhaust pipes for deep wading, with these aiding tanks disembarking from landing craft on Dieppe’s beach. The Churchill Mk.III is beautifully detailed, and it assembles quickly and easily into an accurate model thanks to time-saving elements like one-piece DS tracks and single-piece bogies. These early-type tracks are brand new. This is not just a rehashed Churchill Mk.III kit, for it offers modelers something quite unique with its multiple new parts.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Panzerfähre Fährendeck Ainten

SKU: 500777509

Article number: 500777509
Product: 1:72 Panzerfähre Fährendeck Ainten

Dragon’s 1/72 scale plastic kit of the Panzerfähre (PzF) Prototype Nr.I won the ‘Kit Magazine’ award in 2012, and a Prototype Nr.II kit soon followed. An exciting new variation on the theme is being released in the same scale, this time depicting Nr.II with a Fährendeck. The Panzerfähre was an amphibious tractor based on the chassis of a Panzer IV Ausf.F tank, and when working in tandem with another PzF, it created a floating ferry platform capable of carrying a 24-ton load. It could thus transport armored vehicles over water obstacles such as rivers or lakes. Unfortunately, because heavier tanks were appearing on the scene at the time of its development, the PzF never went into production because of its inadequate payload.

The new 1/72 scale set includes the PzF (Prototype Nr.II) released previously. The kit makes clever use of parts from Dragon’s Panzer IV models – for example, the wheels, suspension and tracks. Details such as hull rivets are delicately rendered, while slide molds are widely used to improve the quality of molding detail. Modelers will thus find the vehicle assembles easily. The other half of the kit is devoted to the Fährendeck pontoon, which is obviously a brand new tooling. For those modelers who previously bought a PzF kit, this new combo allows them to recreate a river-crossing scene with a full ferry complement. As illustrated in the box-top artwork, the finished item will look spectacular. Furthermore, this scale is ideal for a river or riverbank diorama.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Panzerfähre Gepanzerte TEN

SKU: 500777490

Article number: 500777490 Product: 1:72 Panzerfähre Gepanzerte TEN

Last year Dragon released a stunning 1/72 scale plastic kit of Panzerfähre Prototype Nr.I, and it justly received international recognition by winning the "MODELL FAN" award in 2012. That kit is now being joined by another identically scaled model, this time depicting Prototype Nr.II. It’s destined to be just as hot! The Panzerfähre (abbreviated to ‘PzF’) was an amphibious tractor conveniently based on the chassis of a Panzer IV Ausf.F tank. Development of the Panzerfähre began in early 1941, and by mid-1942 Magirus had delivered two prototypes. The lightly armored, fully tracked vehicle had a boat-like bow and a propeller at the stern. The amphibian’s main function was combat supply on land and in water. It could tow an amphibious trailer, or alternatively it could work in tandem with another Panzerfähre as a floating ferry platform capable of carrying a 24-ton load. However, because heavier tanks were appearing on the scene, the PzF never went into production because of its inadequate payload.

The new 1/72 scale kit makes clever use of parts from Dragon’s Panzer IV models – for example, the wheels, suspension and tracks. Many aspects are obviously shared with the earlier PzF Nr.I kit, with changes inserted where necessary for the later vehicle. Details such as hull rivets are delicately rendered, while slide molds are widely used to improve the quality of molding. Modelers will thus find that it assembles easily. The kit includes the craft itself but not the ferry pontoon. The finished item is a spectacular vehicle, and the smaller scale allows space for modelers to place it in a suitable diorama showing a river or riverbank.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Panzerfähre gepanzerte Ten

SKU: 500777489

Article number: 500777489 Product: 1:72 Panzerfähre gepanzerte Ten

The Land-Wasser-Schlepper was conceived by Germany as a tracked amphibious tractor in 1936. A small number of this unarmored boat-like vehicle was built and they served on the Eastern Front. However, less well known is the vehicle designed as its successor – the Panzerfähre (abbreviated to "PzF"). The main difference with this vehicle was that it was armored, plus it was conveniently based on the chassis of a Panzer IV Ausf.F tank. Development of the Panzerfähre began in early 1941, and by mid-1942 Magirus had delivered two prototypes. The lightly armored, fully tracked vehicle had a boat-like bow and a propeller at the stern. The vehicle’s main function was combat supply on land and in water. It could tow an amphibious trailer, or alternatively it could work in tandem with another Panzerfähre as a floating ferry platform capable of carrying a 24-ton load. However, as heavier tanks appeared on the scene, the Panzerfähre never went into production because of its inadequate payload.

Dragon released a 1/35 scale kit of this fascinating vehicle a while back, and now it is being released in the smaller 1/72 scale. It depicts the first Panzerfähre prototype, and it makes clever use of parts from Dragon’s Panzer IV models – for example, wheels, suspension and tracks. Meanwhile, all other parts are brand new in line with the unique nature of this vehicle. Details such as hull rivets are delicately rendered, while slide molds are widely used. Modelers will find this kit assembles easily. The finished item is a stunning vehicle, and the scale allows space for modelers to put it in a suitable diorama showing a river or riverbank.

Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. 1

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Pz.Kpfw.IIIAusf.N w/Side-SkirtArmor

SKU: 500777407

Article number: 500777407 Product: 1:72 PZ.KPFW.III Ausf. N w/Schürzen Ten

Considering the fact that the Panzer III was a product of the 1930s, this German medium tank did well to serve so long in WWII. It was obviously supplanted by the Panzer IV and later the Panther in the tank-versus-tank role, but it did find a niche in the infantry support role. This is most clearly expressed in the final Pz.Kpfw.III variant to enter service – the Ausf.N, of which 700 were manufactured or converted. The Panzer III N entered service in June 1942 and production continued until August 1943. Key characteristics of the Ausf.N were its basis on the Ausf.J or M chassis, and the fitting of a short-barreled 7.5cm KwK37 L/24 gun. Ironically, this was the weapon fitted to older Panzer IV A-F1 tanks. Thus equipped, the Panzer III N was used in the close-support role in Tiger battalions or Panzergrenadier divisions.

Dragon’s Armor Pro series is releasing its second 1/72 scale kit of the Panzer III Ausf.N. The first item to be available (No.7386) was a vehicle serving with the Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) in North Africa, and since this new kit is based upon that successful release, it can be expected to assemble easily and accurately. Amongst the many features of this latest kit is a full set of turret and hull Schürzen – 5mm-thick armored skirts that were fitted to original vehicles from March 1943 onwards to protect against enemy anti-tank weapons. On this kit, the hull and turret Schürzen and associated support brackets involve brand new toolings. This is an exciting new 1/72 kit of an important Panzer III variant – an ideal vehicle to accompany a Tiger tank into battle!

Detailed plastic kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N DAK

SKU: 500777386


The final production variant of the medium-class Panzer III was the Ausf.N. This type appeared in June 1942, by which time the Pz.Kpfw.III was outclassed in tank-versus-tank engagements. The tank was thus relegated to the infantry support role, and it was equipped with a short-barreled, low-velocity 7.5cm KwK 37 L/24 gun. Before production finally ceased in August 1943, a total of 663 new Panzer III N tanks had been manufactured, plus another 37 were converted from Ausf.J/L/M models. The Pz.Kpfw.III N was typically assigned to Tiger battalions and some were therefore deployed to North Africa to support the Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK). The DAK expeditionary force, under its famous commander Erwin Rommel, fought gamely in North Africa before its remnants were finally forced to surrender in May 1943.

Dragon’s Armor Pro series is proud to launch its very first 1/72 scale kit of the Panzer III medium tank. This kit specifically offers modelers the chance to build a Panzer III Ausf.N variant that fought with the DAK in North Africa. As the first in the family, the kit includes all-new toolings and it draws upon the technical and technological pedigree of 1/35 Smart Kits. The upper hull is slide molded as a single piece, as is the accurate lower hull. The turret is made from a multi-directional slide mold, and hatches can be shown open or closed depending on the builder’s preference. The entire running gear - including the sprockets, road wheels and idlers - are brand new. Appropriate photo-etched pieces such as mesh for the deflector grill are offered too. This DAK kit constitutes a "hot" debut for Dragon’s 1/72 Panzer III family!

Detailed plastic kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Tiger I Init-Prod. Leningr. 1942/43

SKU: 500777376

Article number: 500777376 Product: 1:72 Tiger I Init-Prod. Leningr. 1942/43

Features:

- The greatest design of Tiger I Initial Production has 1/35 level of detail
- Finely detailed turret roof
- Commander's hatch w/internal detail
- Commander's cupola recreated in detail
- MGs w/hollow muzzles
- Seats for commander and loader
- Detail on underside of loader's hatch made from photo-etched part
- Delicate upper hull w/fully detailed engine deck
- Delicate exhaust parts and fording extention option for air intake
- One-piece slide-molded turret
- Interior components such as fuel tank, radiator and fans
- Photo-etched air-cooling grills
- One-piece gun barrel w/hollow muzzle brake made from slide-mold
- Gun mantlet reproduced w/bolt detail
- Gun breech w/full detail
- Optional photo-etched or plastic air intake
- Driver's and radio operator's hatches w/interior detail can be assembled open/closed
- Highly detailed DS tracks
- Detailed smoke dischargers made by slide-molds
- Detailed spare tracks w/brackets
- Fine detail on jack thanks to slide-molds
- Slide-molded exhaust flap
- Intricate tow cable
- Sprocket and idler w/intricate detail
- Delicate road wheels are presented

When it released its first 1/35 Tiger I kit, Dragon created a milestone because of its extreme degree of detail, multimedia components and engineering excellence. This same level of detail is available in 1/72 scale, and the newest small-scale edition of the Tiger I is an Initial Production tank of s.Pz.Abt.502. This heavy tank battalion is distinguished by the fact that it was the first to deploy the new Tiger I tank in combat. Formed in August 1942, s.Pz.Abt.502 arrived at the Leningrad front and it was soon using its Tiger tanks in battle. Dragon’s new kit allows modelers to produce the specific vehicles that was operational in the Leningrad region in February 1943 – a Tiger I with tactical number "3".

This new release of the Tiger I Initial Production tank assures model-makers of user-friendly assembly and enhanced detail and quality. It sees the introduction of newly tooled parts like brand new stowage bin. Even the tiniest details - for example, a reversed pistol port on tank is carefully reproduced. For modelers wishing to recreate a specific tank from this historically important tank battalion, this 1/72 scale kit will prove indispensable.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Sd.Kfz.181 TigerI

SKU: 500777370

1:72 PZ.Kpfw.IV Ausf. F2 (G)

SKU: 500777359

Article number: 500777359 Product: 1:72 PZ.KPFW.IV Ausf. F2(G)

The improved lethality of the long-barreled 7.5cm KwK40 gun of the Pz.IV Ausf.F2 and Ausf.G was greatly welcomed by German tankers during WWII. The Panzer IV G was supposed to be the first tank installed with the 7.5cm KwK40 L/43 gun in 1942. However, the Wehrmacht needed to urgently counteract the thicker armor of Russian T-34 and KV-1 tanks, so this gun was also fitted to some Ausf.F tanks (where it was known as the F2). A total of 175 F2 tanks were produced from March to July 1942 (with a further 25 converted from F1), while 1687 Ausf.G tanks were manufactured.

Dragon has already released a beautifully crafted 1/35 scale kit of such a Panzer IV Ausf.F2(G), and now it has been reproduced in 1/72 scale. Although the model itself might have been scaled down, there is no corresponding diminution in detail! It builds upon the intensive research and engineering done by the expert design team for the 1/35 kit. This new release has extremely well-detailed parts thanks to the clever employment of slide molds. The gun barrel is slide molded along with the muzzle brake and both fenders are brand new. Accurate markings for tanks operating in diverse theaters such as the Eastern Front, France and Tunisia are supplied in the form of decals created by Cartograf. Impressively easy to assemble thanks to clever mold design, and full of detail, this Panzer IV Ausf.F2(G) is destined to follow in the tracks of its 1/35 scale brother and thus enjoy instant popularity!

Detailed plastic kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F1(F)

SKU: 500777321

Article number: 500777321 Product: 1:72 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. F1

"Dragon has now released well over 100 models in its popular 1/72 scale AFV series. As if this wasn’t a milestone enough, Dragon is now pleased to announce a groundbreaking release. For the first time ever, Dragon has created a 1/72 scale Panzer IV tank! Building upon Dragon’s extensive experience and expertise in 1/35 scale Panzer IV kits, the first release is a Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F1.

The Panzer IV (Sd.Kfz.161) formed the mainstay of German panzer divisions, and it holds the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in production throughout the course of WWII. This tank, numerically the most common with 8500 produced, underwent a series of improvements to improve its armament and armor protection. The Ausf. F1 was manufactured from April 1941 to March 1942. Armed with a short-barreled 75mm KwK37 L/24 gun, a total of more than 450 were produced, although a number were later converted to F2 status. Other unique distinguishing features were a new turret design (with thicker armor, and two-piece side doors), plus new drive sprockets and idler wheels to accommodate wider 400mm tracks.

Dragon’s new model accurately reflects all these key personality traits, and indeed, the model is completely new except for the road wheels! It has benefited tremendously from technical know-how and research conducted in creating its 1/35 scale brothers. Dragon is thus justifiably proud of this new Panzer IV kit, which is undoubtedly the best available on the market in terms of accuracy, detail and proportions. For those small-scale modelers interested in early Panzers, this kit will be an instant hit!

Detailed plastic kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Pz.KPFW.III Ausf.M w/wading muffler

SKU: 500777290

Article number: 500777290 Product: 1:72 Pz.KPFW.III Ausf.M w/wading muffler

Dragon is able to offer 1/35 scale versions of all major variants within the popular Panzer III family, and now the 1/72 scale family is also being expanded. The latest 1/72 plastic model is the Panzer III Ausf.M. This tank version succeeded the Ausf.L, and it shared the same 5cm KwK39 L/60 main gun. Among its modifications was a deep-wading muffler with a series of associated hatch seals that allowed fording of water obstacles up to a depth of 1.3m. This performance represented a significant fording improvement over earlier Panzer IIIs. The hull-mounted smoke generators were also replaced with three 90mm NbK dischargers mounted either side of the turret. A total of 250 new Ausf.M tanks were produced from October 1942 to February 1943.

Inside the box bearing the Dragon logo lie all the necessary ingredients to create a spectacular Panzer III M with its deep-wading exhaust system. Benefiting from the precision achieved with the larger 1/35 scale version of the Panzer III M, the kit’s extremely well engineered and the parts separation is cleverly handled by the engineering team. In addition to the obviously new exhaust and muffler system, there are DS tracks and a set of photo-etched parts. Cartograf has produced an excellent set of slide decals with different tactical markings so that modelers can select an appropriate unit. This stunning 1/72 plastic kit offers a perfect balance of accuracy and ease of assembly - the perfect project for modelers to wade into!

Detailed static model kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Early Production

SKU: 500777278

Article number: 500777278
Product: 1:72 Pz. IV Ausf. G

Although the Pz.Kpfw. IV was initially designed as an infantry-support medium tank, it was soon up-armored and up-gunned so it could take over the Panzer III’s primary tank-fighting role. The Panzer IV eventually became the most common German tank of WWII, with more than 9000 produced from 1939 to 1945. This gave it the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war. Obviously there were a number of different variants introduced during its lifetime, with one of these being the Ausf. G. A total of 1687 of this version were built in 1942-1943.

Modelers have been eagerly anticipating the release of Dragon’s 1/72 scale Panzer IV Ausf.G kit since the first short-barreled Ausf.F was launched a while ago. The Ausf.G kit has a long-barreled 7.5cm KwK40 L/43 gun, made as a single piece by slide mold, so the kit has a distinctive appearance. However, the kit’s designers have ensured the Ausf.G inherited the accuracy and ease of assembly of the earlier kit. This is reflected in items like one-piece DS tracks and a one-piece lower hull. Besides these important characteristics, it comes with a brand new turret, engine deck, fenders, mantlet, grenade launchers and headlights. The larger 1/35 scale Ausf.G was a roaring success amongst the modeling fraternity, and the smaller scale 1/72 Ausf.G should be no different. Not only that, but the kit has benefited from the level of amazing detail found on its 1/35 counterpart. Because the Pz.Kpfw. IV G was used in every theater of Germany’s war, including important battles like those in Kharkov, it is versatile enough to fit into any setting selected by the modeler.

Detailed plastic kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:700 USS New York LPD-21

SKU: 500777110

Article number: 500777110 Product: 1:700 USS New York LPD-21

New Tooling!!!

Features:
- Newly tooled AAV-7A1 included
- Utility crane newly produced
- Bushmaster II 30mm close-in guns newly produced
- Octagonally shaped funnel towers delicately reproduced
- One-piece superstructure accurately presented by
  slide-molded technology
- Loading ramp includes optional photo-etched parts
- Rolling Airframe missile system on superstructure
- One-piece slide-molded upper hull w/undercut details
  realistically represented
- Sponsons are represented on lower hull by
  slide-molded technology
- Waterline or full-hull version can be assembled
- Display stand included for full-hull version
- Delicate air cushioned landing craft included
- Intricate helicopters V-22 and CH-46 included
- Delicate flight deck included
- Stern ramp can be assembled open/closed
- True-to-scale propellers

Cyber-Hobby is releasing another ship kit, this time of USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock vessel to be built. The highly detailed kit is made in 1/700 scale. This kit’s being launched to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as the original ship has a close connection to that tragic day ten years ago. USS New York was partially constructed from 6.8 tons of steel salvaged from the rubble of the World Trade Centre in New York, and it was specifically named in memory of victims of the September 11 attack. Constructed by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, this LPD can carry up to 700 Marines as well as LCAC hovercraft and MV-22B Osprey aircraft. USS New York was commissioned into the US Navy on November 7, 2009.

USS New York is a brand new tooling from Cyber-Hobby. The model comes with two hulls that allow either a waterline or full-hull version to be built. There is widespread use of slide-mold technology in the creation of this plastic ship, which results in a model that’s easy to assemble but yet one that doesn’t lack any essential detail. The hull is slide molded as a single component, and parts are cleverly separated to ensure maximum detail. The main superstructure, for example, is a single piece. An assortment of photo-etched parts includes items like the safety net around the landing deck. Cyber-Hobby also supplies helicopters, an LCAC hovercraft and even MV-22 Ospreys to populate the 1/700 scale replica. With a ship model that’s a breeze to assemble, USS New York is ready to take on terrorist or state enemies anywhere!

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:700 USS Long Beach CGN 9

SKU: 500777091

Article number: 500777091 Product: 1:700 USS Long Beach CGN 9

New tooling!!

Features:
- Flight deck molded w/intricate details
- True-to-scale propellers reproduced
- Newly tools structure is made from 3-directional
  slide-mold technology
- One-piece slide-molded upper hull w/undercut details
  realistically represented
- Sponson are represented on lower hull by slide-mold
  technology
- Waterline or full-hull version can be assembled
- Intricate whaleboat is presented
- True-to-scale ASRoc launcher is presented
- Ladders in photo-etched parts
- Superstructure presented in details including hoses
  and windows
- Antenna and ladders are newly presented by
  photo-etched parts
- Talos launchers accurately produced w/fine details
- AN/SPG-49 Talos illuminators are presented in details
- Detailed MK 56 gun directors are accurately presented
- Optional barrels w/blast bags provided for gun turrets
- Turret w/realistic detail
- Lower mount 5-inch guns realistically produced
  w/extra knuckle
- Authentic gun barrels are slide-molded w/hollow ends
- Terrier launchers MK 10 w.accurate details
- AN/SP-44 Terrier illuminators are authentically produced
- Engineered for modeling enjoyment
- Plastic parts with enhanced detail
- Unprecedented value - Ready for immediate assembly!

USS Longbeach (CGN 9) is a unique ship, principally because it was the only vessel in her class. And what US Navy class was she in? The Longbeach was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser commissioned on September 9 1961. It also had the distinction of being the USA’s first all-new cruiser design since WWII, and since cruisers since then have generally been based simply on up-scaled destroyer hulls, her crew aptly described her as "The Only Real Cruiser." USS Longbeach had a pair of 5-inch 38-calibre guns mounted amidships, and at the time of her decommissioning in July 1994, the upgraded cruiser had two Standard Missile launchers, two Tomahawk

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 German Super-Heavy Self-Prop.Mortar

SKU: 500776946

1:35 Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel Early/Late Prod.

SKU: 500776935

Article number: 500776935
Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel Early/Late Prod.

Sd.Kz.165 Hummel's combat debut occurred during the titanic Battle of Kursk. Operated by a crew of six, the SPH carried 18 rounds for the main armament and more than 700 were built by the end of WWII. An easy identifying feature between Early- and Late-Production variants of the Hummel is the driver's/radio operator's compartment. On early vehicles, the driver received a small compartment that jutted out of the glacis plate. On later vehicles, this crew compartment was extended the full width of the hull to also enclose the radio operator.

This 2-in-1 kit, built precisely to 1/35 scale, allows modelers to create either an Early-Production or Late-Production Hummel. To account for the different production runs, there are two complete upper hulls as well as different drive sprockets, for example. Indeed, everything needed to produce an accurate variant is included in the box. The engineering is top notch too, with Razor Edge techniques utilized for the armored superstructure to produce a true-to-scale appearance. This allows interior fittings to be accurately sized and shaped. Furthermore, an aluminum gun barrel is offered for the 15cm gun. To cap it all off and leave modelers buzzing, the Hummel kit box top features one of Ron Volstad’s famous vintage illustrations of this SPH. The flight of the bumble bee has soared to new heights with this 2-in-1 offering!

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model
Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel Early/Late Production
in Scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 StuG.III Ausf.D w/Tropical Air Filt

SKU: 500776905

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.K

SKU: 500776903

Article number: 500776903
Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.K

Dragon has a new variant of the Panzer III in its 1/35 scale series of kits. This item is a Panzer III Ausf.K, a tank type that didn’t actually make it all the way into series production. The Ausf.K was basically to be a Panzer III Ausf.J chassis combined with a Panzer IV Ausf.F2 turret that mounted a KwK.40 75mm gun. After receiving orders to prepare such a tank design, Krupp had completed sets of drawings by 27 December 1941. However, such a vehicle faced serious problems in terms of the Panzer III being able to cope with the extra weight, new suspension, new tracks and a changed center of gravity. By March 1942, Krupp had been instructed to drop the project and to keep arming the Panzer III with a 50mm gun instead.

Dragon’s 1/35 scale kit of the Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.K is a smart combination of subassemblies from previous top-quality kits. Thus, it mates a turret from a Panzer IV Ausf.F2 to a Panzer III chassis and hull. Also included in the kit is the upper hull plate from Dragon’s latest Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.K command tank, which would have allowed a larger turret to be fitted on this tank. Although this ultimately remained a "paper panzer", the Pz.Kpfw.III K is a unique-looking and well-armed tank. Modelers seeking something a little different from a run-of-the-mill Panzer III will therefore find this kit rather appealing!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model
Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.K
in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 DAK Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H (SmartKit)

SKU: 500776901

Article number: 500776901 Product: 1:35 DAK Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H (SmartKit)

Dragon launched a 1/35 kit of a Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf.H (Item No. 6844) last year, and while it was lapped up by modelers, there was also clamor for a Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) version of the same vehicle. Dragon has now obliged by creating a special DAK configuration of the Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H! This specialized command tank containing long-range radios was created based on a standard Ausf.H gun tank, the first Panzer III version to be fitted with a 5cm KwK L/42 cannon. However, on the Pz.Bef.Wg. version there was no 5cm gun fitted, with just a single MG34 for self-defense and a dummy gun to fool the enemy.

Dragon’s new 1/35 scale DAK kit is different to the preceding Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H kit in some noticeable ways. For example, it bears a large storage box on the engine deck, plus a smaller storage box on the front left of the fender. Another modification is a spare-track rack on the glacis plate. The sprockets and idler wheels are also different to that on the predecessor. And unchanged, is the characteristic large frame antenna for the long-range radio. Plus the vehicle looks most impressive when the turret-mounted telescopic antenna is shown extended. This Panzerbefehlswagen III H nicely complements lately-reproduced DAK items in Dragon’s line-up, including: Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.A Early Production (Item No. 6289), Pz.Kpfw.III (5cm) Ausf.H Late Production (6642), Bison II 15cm s.IG.33 (6440), Kübelwagen Workshop w/DAK Troops (6338). With the arrival of this command tank, modelers now have even more options for creating a North African diorama.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model 1:35 DAK Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

1:35 Tiger I Mid-Production w/Zimmerit

SKU: 500776888

1:35 Sd.Kfz.250/9 Ausf.A le.S.P.W (2cm)

SKU: 500776882

Article number: 500776882
Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz.250/9 Ausf.A le.S.P.W (2cm)

Dragon is offering a fine 1/35 scale kit of the Sd.Kfz.250/9 Ausf.A le.S.P.W. (2cm) as a complement to its formidable Sd.Kfz.250 family lineup. The le.S.P.W. was a reconnaissance halftrack fitted with a 2cm KwK 38 cannon and a coaxial machine gun in an open-topped turret. The original Ausf.A halftrack featured the same turret as the Sd.Kfz.222 armored car, while the newer Ausf.B adopted a different Hängelafette 38 turret. Several Sd.Kfz.250/9 halftracks were sent to the Russian Front in July 1942 for evaluations, with mass production commencing later. Indeed, the type proved successful and this halftrack variant came to succeed the Sd.Kfz.222 thanks to superior cross-country mobility.

To create this variant, there are a number of brand new parts. These include a newly tooled turret – the complex shape had no less than ten armored faces – to accommodate the 2cm cannon and machine gun, plus the new photo-etched mesh for the turret top. This particular turret has no vision blocks. The FuG 12 radio and turret basket are also new for this item. Although the turret may be small, it’s very complicated, yet it has been faithfully recreated in this kit. To fit the turret, the upper-hull plate was extensively modified as well. As part of Dragon’s facelifted Sd.Kfz.250 series, Dragon’s famous Magic Tracks are available. The Sd.Kfz.250/9 was a small vehicle, but this effective reconnaissance vehicle is now ready to commence patrols on modelers’ dioramas!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model
Sd.Kfz.250/9 Ausf.A le.S.P.W (2cm)
in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III (3.7cm)(T) Ausf.F

SKU: 500776877

Article number: 500776877
Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III (3.7cm)(T) Ausf.F

It was planned that Germany would conduct an amphibious invasion of Great Britain under the codename Operation Sea Lion (Seelöwe), and to this end a number of Panzer IIIs were especially converted into diving tanks. These were known as the Tauchpanzer III, and they had the ability to drive along the seafloor totally submerged thanks to a breathing apparatus. One variant prepared as a Tauchpanzer was the Panzer III Ausf.F, of which German industry produced 435 units between September 1939 and July 1940. They had a 3.7cm KwK L.46.5 main armament fitted in the turret.

Dragon’s newest 1/35 kit portrays just such a Tauchpanzer III Ausf.F made ready for Operation Seelöwe. This new kit comes with special enhancement for the benefit of modelers. There’s an accompanying two-figure combat camera team. These cameramen are in much demand because no other such cameraman figure combination exists in injection-molded plastic. The 1/35 scale tank comes with all necessary parts to make the diving tank, inlcuding waterproofing parts, floating snorkel buoy, depth marker, long rubber hose and etc. If modelers have never built a diving tnak before, now is the perfect time to get their feet wet!

- Floating snorkel buoy & long rubber hose accurately reproduced
- Depth markers are reprdouced in full lenght
- Commander's cupola with DS waterproof cover
- Mantlet waterproof cover by DS materials
- Waterproofing parts around turret bottom are truly depicted
- Delicate hose racks are finely made
- DS track link provided for easy assembly

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model
Pz.Kpfw.III (3.7cm)(T) Ausf.F "OPERATION SEELÖWE"
in Scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 IJA Type 97 Medium Tank "Chi-Ha"

SKU: 500776870

Article number: 500776870
Product: 1:35 IJA Type 97 Medium Tank "Chi-Ha"

Dragon has previously released superb 1/35 scale plastic kits of Japanese armored and amphibious vehicles from WWII, including the Type 2 Ka-Mi, Type 95 Ha-Go and Type 4 Ke-Nu, but the time has finally come to unveil what was the most important tank type! It is the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank as used by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). The Type 97 was Japan’s most widely produced medium tank of WWII. Boasting a 57mm main gun and two Type 97 machine guns, this tank was intended to serve as an up-scaled version of the Type 95 for infantry support. A total of 2,123 tanks were produced from 1938-43, most of which had the low-velocity 57mm gun. The Chi-Ha was used in combat in Manchuria and China, as well as in fighting against the Allies.

The new 1/35 scale model specifically depicts an Early-Production variant of the Type 97 medium tank, possibly the most well-known Japanese tank of WWII. The kit was thoroughly researched by a Japanese design team, based on investigations and measurements of several surviving tanks. This level of research ensures that it will be undeniably the most accurate and precise Chi-Ha available on the market. The engine deck layout, toolbox, shovel, rear-plate brackets and distinctive flaps on the engine deck are all correctly depicted for an early-production tank. The kit resorts widely to slide molds so that fewer parts are needed. Naturally, this leads to a perfect balance of easy assembly and accuracy, which is what Smart Kits are all about! This Japanese tank kit allows modelers of 1/35 scale AFVs to field a tank widely used by the Japanese throughout the Asia-Pacific theater.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model
IJA Type 97 Medium Tank "Chi-Ha" Early Production
in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Sd.Kfz.250/7 Atle 8cm MortarCarrier

SKU: 500776858

Article number: 500776858
Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz.250/7 Atle 8cm MortarCarrier

There were a great many variants in Sd.Kfz.250 family. One was the Sd.Kfz.250/7 leichter Schützenpanzerwagen (schwerer Granatwerfer), which was a mortar carrier. In the rear compartment was an 8cm GrW34 mortar. The 5.61-tonne vehicle also contained 42 spare rounds for the mortar, while a machine gun could be mounted at the rear for self-defense. A crew of five operated the vehicle and its mounted mortar within the platoons of light armored reconnaissance companies.

Now Dragon has available an exciting 1/35 scale kit of the Sd.Kfz.250/7 alte 8cm Mortar Carrier. It is far more than the sum of its components that were previously available from Dragon – an Sd.Kfz.250 halftrack and an 8cm mortar – for it has a great many brand new parts. The one-piece upper hull (from the hood to the rear plate) is completely new, for example, in order to replicate the correct shape and details of this mortar variant. The vehicle interior has received a makeover too, including new mortar base, ammo boxes, seats, engine and full interiors to match the mortar version. There is ample ammunition storage as well. This is a new halftrack variant from Dragon, and it does look different from others that have gone before. For modelers seeking extra firepower and impact, this Sd.Kfz.250/7 is the ideal choice!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model
Sd.Kfz.250/7 Atle 8cm Mortar Carrier w/Full Interior
in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit

SKU: 500776848

1:35 Jagdpanzer IV A-O

SKU: 500776843

Article number: 500776843 Product: 1/35 Jagdpanzer IV A-O

Germany based its Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer on the chassis of the ubiquitous and reliable Panzer IV tank. The vehicle mounted a lethal 75mm main gun in a fixed superstructure or casemate. The low-profile vehicle was actually designed as a replacement for the successful StuG.III, and it was built in three variants, the first of which was the 0-series, essentially a Jagdpanzer IV pre-production version. The 0-series is easily identified by the rounded front corners of the superstructure, a feature that was dropped for production and ballistic reasons once manufacture began. It mounted a 7.5cm PaK39 gun, plus ports for two 7.92mm machine guns in the glacis plate. The first 0-series vehicle was produced in January 1944.

This Dragon 1/35 scale rendition of a Jagdpanzer IV A-0 is well engineered and carefully crafted to accurately recreate the original pre-production vehicle. Indeed, it has no connection with old item No.9059 that Dragon released ages ago. This is a brand new kit that employs parts such as the chassis and road wheels from Dragon’s current generation of exemplary Panzer IV kits, combined with easy-to-assemble tracks made from DS. Furthermore, the superstructure and roof are brand new. It has the correct superstructure with distinctive rounded corners that makes it stand out from production Jagdpanzer IVs, while the 75mm PaK39 gun is fitted with a muzzle brake. In fact, Dragon has made the 1/35 kit even more attractive by offering two different options in the box. These options allow either of two different vehicle configurations to be created as modelers wish.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Jagdpanzer IV A-O in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Bergepanther w/Pz.Kpfw.IV turret

SKU: 500776835

Article number: 500776835 Product: 1/35 Bergepanther m.Pz.Kpfw.IV Turm

The Panther was one of the most important tanks used by Germany during WWII. It was also converted into an armored recovery vehicle known as the Bergepanther. The Bergepanther was actually transformed into one other unusual vehicle when a Panzer IV Ausf.H turret was added to an early Bergepanther hull to create a command tank. This was a one-off conversion performed by the heavy tank destroyer battalion s.Pz.Abt.653, and the resulting vehicle was called the Bergepanther mit Aufgesetztem Pz.Kpfw.IV Turm Als Befehlpanzer. It had a fixed turret and dummy gun, with the extra space inside the turret used for radios and map boards. The vehicle was used in the Ukraine on the Eastern Front in 1944 alongside the battalion’s Elefant tank destroyers.

Dragon has created a 1/35 scale kit of the phenomenally named Bergepanther mit Aufgesetztem Pz.Kpfw.IV Turm Als Befehlpanzer. As one would expect, the kit utilizes principal components from previously issued Panther and Panzer IV kits. These have extremely high standards, so the main parts come with a fine pedigree. Customers can thus look forward to an accurate, easy-to-build kit thanks to Dragon’s smart engineering processes. For example, the track links are made from DS plastic for simple assembly, plus there a number of photo-etched parts such as the engine deck grills. This unique command tank from s.Pz.Abt.653 does have a most distinctive look, so modelers can now expand their 1/35 scale Panther (or should that be Panzer IV?) families.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model 1:35 Bergepanther w/Pz.Kpfw.IV turret in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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