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1:35 LeFH18/40/2(Sfl)a.G.W.PzKpfw.III/IV

SKU: 500776710

Article number: 500776710 Product: 1:35 LeFH18/40/2(Sfl)a.G.W.PzKpfw.III/IV

Germany designed a number of different self-propelled howitzers during WWII, but not all of them reached production. One of the more interesting types was the le.FH.18/40/2 auf.Pz.III/IV Sfl. With a name as convoluted as this, unsurprisingly it isn’t widely known! However, Dragon is giving this weapon carrier an enormous popularity boost by being the first manufacturer to create a 1/35 scale plastic kit of the weapon system! Basically the 25-ton vehicle mounted a 10.5cm le.FH.18/40/2 infantry gun in a fighting compartment, although it also carried gun trails and wheels on the rear of the hull so that the howitzer could be removed and used as a towed howitzer too.

Alkett / Rheinmetall-Borsig completed a prototype in March 1944 in direct competition to Krupp’s Heuschrecke 10. It was eventually decided that it would be based on a Geschutzwagen IV (Hummel) chassis, and it was designed to carry 80 ammo rounds and operate with a five-man crew. Production was scheduled to commence in February 1945 but no vehicles ever eventuated.

This was a unique design, and Dragon has given it very special treatment. The only parts in common with current kits are the road wheels, Magic Tracks and some OVM items – all other parts are brand new! Dragon is most certainly in the vanguard by being the first company to offer the le.FH.18/40/2 auf.Pz.III/IV Sfl. as a plastic kit. The le.FH.18 howitzer installed in the open-topped fighting compartment is a brand new creation. If they wish, modelers have the choice of assembling this infantry gun as a towed howitzer with its wheels and trails attached. The fighting compartment is full of detail – the gun mount, ammo storage racks and stowage bins are all there. The lower hull is made as one piece by slide mold. This is a stunning Smart Kit of a novel vehicle, and its appearance and unusual function are bound to draw admiration and invite curious questions from viewers!

1:35 "Chow Time"Ger.Anti-Tank Crew + PaK

SKU: 500776697

Article number: 500776697 Product: 1:35 "Chow Time"Ger.Anti-Tank Crew + PaK

War is characterized by long periods of boredom punctuated by frenetic bursts of activity. Eating is obviously one way of passing the hours of inactivity – even if army food isn’t that stimulating – and this is what the latest 1/35 scale figure set from Dragon depicts. The box contains three German Wehrmacht anti-tank crewmen eating their supper. This is such a typical scene on any battlefield, but so few kit manufacturers have bothered to represent it. Nevertheless, Dragon has captured a mealtime to perfection with this set subtitled ‘Chow Time!’ The three crewmen aren’t the only content of the box, for there is also a beautifully detailed PaK 35/36 3.7cm anti-tank gun included as well. This cannon emanates from a previous Dragon release, but the accompanying soldiers certainly bring it to life.

The three soldiers are well sculpted in greatcoats and caps, suggesting an autumn or winter scene somewhere on the frontlines. Two crewmen are digging into the mouthwatering (!) contents of their mess tins, while another is attempting to open a can with his bayonet. The set’s accessories such as a loaf of bread and canned food will prove valuable for all manner of diorama scenes. This domestic-looking set fills a gap in the range of plastic figures currently available on the market. Modelers will doubtlessly find this set appetizing as a standalone vignette or, alternatively, with the contents mixed and matched in a larger diorama. Serve it up, Dragon!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model "Chow Time" German Anti-Tank Crew w/3,7cm PaK 35/36 Eastern Front in scale 1:35

1:35 German Wehrmacht BIVOUAC

SKU: 500776695

Article number: 500776695 Product: 1:35 German Wehrmacht BIVOUAC

There’s a saying – ‘The army sleeps under the stars, the navy navigates by the stars, and the navy chooses its hotels by the number of stars!" This newest 1/35 scale figure set well and truly represents the former. The box contains three German Wehrmacht anti-tank crewmen along with a temporary bivouac they’ve set up in the field. This is such a typical scene on any battlefield, but no kit manufacturer has bothered to represent it thus far. Such a shelter could be swiftly created by erecting a triangular M1931 pattern Zeltbahn (‘shelter quarter’). The Zeltbahn was a very handy and crucial item of kit, as it could also be used as a rain cape, emergency stretcher, flotation device, or combined together to form a complete tent. The kit includes such a beautifully detailed Zeltbahn in which a soldier can rest.

The three soldiers are sharply sculpted in casual poses as they await the war to reach them. Appropriately, they’re in various states of casual dress. One is wearing a woolen pullover while the other two are in shirts and braces. Various accessories such as a haversack and a range of personal gear are valuable for a diorama scene, though the 7.5cm leIG18 light infantry gun shown on the box-top isn’t included in the set. This domestic scene, especially with the erected M1931 Zeltbahn shelter, fills a gap in the range of plastic figures currently available on the market. While it would best suit an early-war scene, the figures are versatile enough to be mixed and matched to fit multiple scenarios planned by the modeler.
 

1:35 Defense of the Reich

SKU: 500776694

Article number: 500776694 Product: 1/35 Defense of the Reich

By 1944 the tide of war had truly turned and Germany found itself retreating on every front. Its forces, already depleted by five years of grueling combat, were being pushed further and further back towards the borders of the Third Reich. By 1945, the frontiers of the Fatherland itself were being breached by Allied units in both the east and west. The latest inspirational 1/35 scale figure set from Dragon depicts four German soldiers tasked with defending the country in the 1944-45 period.

The quartet is notable in the variety of uniforms, accoutrements and weapons that they possess. No longer were they wearing the orderly and well-tailored field gray uniforms of the blitzkrieg period. Instead, the soldiers in this set here wear camouflage smocks, a Fallschirmjäger jumpsuit and even one in a special Hitler Jugend ("Hitler Youth") winter uniform. Their collection of weapons also reflects the frenetic late-war period. In evidence there’s an MP 44 assault rifle, Kar 98k rifle, Gewehr 43 semi-automatic rifle and FG 42 rifle as used by elite paratroopers. The HJ member is also carrying a Panzerfaust 100m, a single-shot anti-tank rocket produced in quantity from September 1944 onwards. These varied figures offer unlimited utility for creators of dioramas and vignettes. Sharply sculpted in realistic poses, these well-researched figures reflect the desperate final months of WWII.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Defense of the Reich in scale 1:35

1:35 British 25-PDR. Field Gun Mark.II

SKU: 500776675

Article number: 500776675 Product: 1/35 British 25-PDR. Field Gun Mark.II with Limber and Crew

Known officially as the "Ordnance QF 25 pounder", this artillery piece was the workhorse of British and Commonwealth field artillery units during WWII. The name came from the fact that the weapon fired a 25-pound shell, and "QF" stood for "Quick Firing". The 25-pdr entered service in 1940, and many consider it the best towed field gun of the war owing to its high rate of fire, lethal shell and good mobility. A total of 13,000 25-pdr guns were built worldwide, with the Mark II being the most common variant used in WWII. For transport, the 1,633kg howitzer was often hitched to an ammunition limber (known as the "Trailer, Artillery, No 27") containing 32 rounds. Both pieces were then typically towed by a 4x4 Field Artillery Tractor. The six-man gun crew comprised the detachment commander, breech operator, layer, loader and two ammo handlers.

Dragon is offering a fantastic new kit of this famous British field gun. The model depicts the standard 25-pdr Mark II version. The 1/35 scale miniature was carefully researched using original guns as references, thus giving the model unparalleled levels of accuracy. Not only is the gun precisely dimensioned and detailed, but as a Smart Kit it offers an excellent balance of easy assembly. Wherever possible, components are separated into as few pieces as possible thanks to the widespread employment of slide-mold technology. Furthermore, the gun comes with its associated ammunition limber. This limber features two open doors that open to reveal the interior ammo storage trays. The storage area is faithfully reproduced and extremely easy to assemble. As if that isn’t enough, Dragon also provides a complete gun crew of six men. As their uniforms and state of dress shows, they are perfect for a North African diorama scene. All in all, this is the definitive 25-pdr kit for modelers.

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model British 25-PDR. Field Gun Mark.II w/Limber & Crew in Scale 1:35

1:35 LAH Division Kleisoura Pass 1941

SKU: 500776643

Article number: 500776643 Product: 1/35 LAH Division Kleisoura Pass 1941

The not so well-known Battle of Kleisoura Pass occurred on 13-14 April 1941 when the German Leibstandarte SS (LSSAH) unit attacked Greek infantry. This narrow pass between Mt. Vitsi and Mt. Siniatsiko in West Macedonia was important as it was on the defensive line protecting Greek withdrawal routes from Albania. In fact, the Greeks had earlier captured this strategically useful pass from the Italians in January of that year. Greek casualties were heavy in the mid-April battle, and the LSSAH took 1,000 prisoners. The capture of the pass helped break the main line of resistance and allowed German troops to cut off troops in the town of Kastoria. The German LSSAH unit, which began as the Fuhrer’s personal bodyguard, was a brigade-sized formation at the time of Operation Marita, the invasion of Greece and the Balkans.

Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale figure set depicts four German soldiers from the elite LSSAH regiment as they fight in the rugged terrain near Kleisoura Pass. The quartet includes a commander – a depiction of none other than Kurt Meyer – and three of his soldiers. At that time, Major Meyer was commander of the reconnaissance battalion, and he personally led one of the attacks at dawn on 14 April. For this and subsequent actions, Meyer was awarded the Knight’s Cross. It’s said at one stage he threw a grenade into the midst of his troops to ensure the attack kept rolling. The four plastic figures are brand new and they come with a variety of weapons such as the Czech-built ZB vz. 26 (ZB-26) machine gun and Erma EMP-35 submachine gun. The troops are wearing camouflage smocks.as they conduct their assault. They’re sharply sculpted in realistic poses, and modelers are certain to find a great many uses for them in dioramas.

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model LAH Division Kleisoura Pass 1941 in Scale 1:35

1:35 Sd.Kfz.251/17 Ausf.C /Command Vers.

SKU: 500776592

Article number: 500776592 Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz.251/17 Ausf.C /Command Vers.

The Sd.Kfz.251 series of halftracks was popular with German troops during WWII, with a whole range of variants eventually being fielded. Similarly, Dragon’s 1/35 range of Sd.Kfz.251 halftrack plastic kits are extremely popular with model-makers. The range is already extensive but Dragon is releasing another kit that offers even more versatility. The new 1/35 scale kit is an Sd.Kfz.251/17 Ausf.C halftrack, but the notable feature is that it’s a 2-in-1 kit. Modelers can thus build either a Sd.Kfz.251/17 fitted with a 2cm Flak 38 cannon, or an Sd.Kfz.251/17 Command Vehicle. On the former variant, the 20mm gun was mounted to have all-round traverse, though the original conversion necessitated considerable rebuilding of the superstructure. The Command Vehicle, on the other hand, was equipped with Fu5 and Fu7 radio sets as well as a distinctive frame antenna.

Dragon offers the complete fighting compartments unique to these Ausf.C variants, meaning there’s no need for modelers to cut and rework the vehicle in order to produce a 251/17. Though the details and configurations are complex, clever engineering by Dragon makes assembly a breeze. The set obviously incorporates Dragon’s highly accurate and prized 2cm Flak 38 gun too, which has been released previously. The overall result is a kit that’s very accurate, and the 2-in-1 status offers modelers an even wider scope of Sd.Kfz.251 vehicles to build.
 

1:35 Red Devils w/Welbike Drop Tube Cont

SKU: 500776585

1:35 German Infantry Barbarossa 1941

SKU: 500776580

Article number: 500776580 Product: 1/35 German Infantry Barbarossa 1941

June 22, 1941 was a momentous day in world history. On that day, thousands upon thousands of German troops stormed across the border to begin the invasion of the Soviet Union. Known as Operation Barbarossa, 3.9 million German troops were committed to this ambitious military operation, along with 600,000 vehicles and 750,000 horses! It remains the largest military operation in human history in terms of both the manpower involved and casualties caused. The German side scored some remarkable victories in the early days, taking 3 million Russian prisoners in the process. However, the operation was to eventually lose momentum and falter at the gates of the Russian capital of Moscow. Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale figure set represents German soldiers embroiled in Operation Barbarossa in 1941.

The set features four German infantrymen in the early, victorious days of the invasion. Although they can be separated for a specific vignette that a modeler has in mind, the four figures are designed to operate together during an attack on Russian positions. It’s the type of scene that was so common as Germany infantry divisions advanced across the endless Russian steppes. One of the soldiers is firing his rifle from a kneeling position while another reloads. Another is getting ready to throw a stick grenade. An NCO fires a signal gun to signal the beginning of their attack, with the gun cartridge displayed open. They all wear uniforms typical of that timeframe. Of special interest is the rubber bands attached to one of the soldier’s helmets to hold camouflage material. Amongst the wide selection of Dragon’s 1/35 German figure sets, there aren’t actually that many that depict soldiers from this period of the war. As well as the lifelike action poses, this fact makes the set even more desirable. These soldiers are just waiting for the chance to launch themselves into an exciting Operation Barbarossa diorama!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model German Infantry Barbarossa 1941 in scale 1:35

1:35 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J Last Production

SKU: 500776575

Article number: 500776575 Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J Last Production

The Panzer IV was the mainstay tank of Germany during WWII, with nearly 9,000 produced. It was successively improved throughout its lifetime in the areas of armament and armor, resulting in a number of variants. Interestingly, the final version of this tank was the Ausf.J, which could be considered somewhat as a retrograde design compared to the preceding Ausf.H. This is because the design needed to be simplified to speed up production in order to replace heavy combat losses. Main changes included the removal of the electric turret traverse system, with the turret having to be turned manually. The space was taken up with an auxiliary 200-liter fuel tank that increased the road range to 320km. Pistol and vision ports were removed, while the side skirts were replaced by wire mesh screens. A total of about 435 Panzer IV Ausf.Js were produced in 1945.

Dragon has released a number of 1/35 scale kits of the Panzer IV family, and now comes the most anticipated version of all – a Panzer IV Ausf.J Last Production. Almost all of the components for this tank come from brand new moldings, including upper hull, chassis and side skirts. The side skirts themselves are items worthy of comment. Up till now, this type of side skirt made use of nylon mesh that unfortunately didn’t look wholly authentic. However, this model uses metal mesh that precisely mimics the original. Details on this kit are of the finest standard, and as a Smart Kit it is finely engineered. To make it even more desirable, Ron Volstad has created the stunning box art for this kit. Thanks to the subject and the high standard of this kit, this new Panzer IV Ausf.J variant is a must-have for modelers.

Detailed plastic kit of model Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J Last Production in scale 1:35 Smart Kit

1:35 WWII Fig.-Set US Marines Peleliu'44

SKU: 500776554

1/35 WWII Fig.-Set US Marines Peleliu'44

The tiny rocky atoll of Peleliu in the Palau Islands seems like an insignificant piece of real estate. Yet from 14 September – 27 November 1944, it was the scene of vicious fighting between an American invasion force and staunch Japanese defenders. In the end, 1794 Americans and 10,695 Japanese were killed on this small island containing an airstrip. The American commander had predicted it would take only four days to capture the island, but in fact it took two months to subdue it. In actual fact, Peleliu constituted the highest casualty rate of any Pacific War battle. Within an hour of Marines landing on their designated beaches, Japanese guns had destroyed 60 LVTs and DUKWs. The fighting was some of the fiercest of the war, and after losing one third of its manpower as casualties, the 1st Marine Division was essentially taken out of action until April 1945.

Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale figure set depicts four US Marines engaged in this bitter combat on Peleliu in 1944. The poses of the figures are superb, reflecting the reality of fighting on the coral atoll. Two Marines are shown cautiously advancing, alert to enemy fire, while a Navy Corpsman attends a fourth Marine who has sustained a wounded leg. As well as the sharply sculpted detail on the anatomically correct figures, the set includes brand new personal equipment. The weapons of the Marines are all Gen2 items, including the BAR and M1 rifles. Dragon has previously issued sets of Marines fighting on Iwo Jima (Item No. 6038), Tarawa (Item No. 6272) and Guadalcanal (Item No. 6379), so this latest set adds another element to the grueling island-hopping campaign across the Pacific during WWII.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model WWII Fig.-Set US Marines Peleliu 1944 in scale 1:35

1:35 "Hummel-Wespe" le Pz.Haub

SKU: 500776535

Article number: 500776535 Product: 1:35 "Hummel-Wespe" le Pz.Haub

‘Bumble Bee’ might seem an unusual nickname for a self-propelled howitzer, but that is what the Germans initially called their 15cm sFH 18 L/30 howitzer mounted on a Panzer IV chassis. The Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel, of which 714 were produced from late 1942 onwards, was created because of an urgent need for artillery that could keep pace with Germany’s panzers during WWII. Interestingly, the prototype of the Hummel was originally fitted with a 10.5cm leFH18 gun, the weapon that eventually found its way onto the Wespe that was based on the Panzer II chassis. Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale kit shows this "Hummel-Wespe" le Pz. Haub auf Hummel Fahrgestell armed with the 10.5cm howitzer.

Dragon has produced the standard Hummel before, but this kit has the smaller gun. Stil based on Dragon’s phenomenally detailed Panzer IV chassis and hull, this new 1/35 scale kit includes a retooled fighting compartment that had a unique arrangement due to the smaller size of the 105mm artillery rounds. The ammo storage racks are thus also new. Also newly tooled is the gun shield, since it isn’t the normal one associated with the leFH18 howitzer. The armor plates of the fighting compartment have been made using Dragon’s ‘Razor Edge’ technique to give a true-to-scale appearance. In this special fighting-vehicle kit, Dragon offers something unique and something different from the norm – a Hummel-Wespe hybrid!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel-Wespe (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

1:35 Winter Tank Riders 1943-44

SKU: 500776513

Article number: 500776513 Product: 1:35 Winter Tank Riders 1943-44

The column of mud-splattered Panzer IV tanks churned its way along the rutted forest track on the Eastern Front. The tank engines produced a throaty growl while the tracks clanked as they navigated the snowy terrain. The tanks were festooned with exhausted German soldiers wearily contemplating their next battle. In the meantime, however, grateful for a ride, they sprawled on the hull of the tanks in their dirt-encrusted uniforms.

Such a scenario is commonly seen in photographs and newsreel clips from WWII, and Dragon’s newest set of 1/35 scale figures allows modelers to replicate this scene. The set, entitled ‘Winter Tank Riders 1943-44’, presents four individual figures especially designed and formulated to fit onto the hull of a Panzer IV. This makes them the ideal accessory for Dragon’s recently released Panzer IV Ausf.H (#6300). Clad in either parkas or greatcoats, the panzergrenadiers are all equipped for cold-weather combat on the bitterly contested Eastern Front. The greatcoats and parka hoods are even broken down into separate parts to allow more accurate representation of this apparel. These are not Gen2 figures, but the detail is nonetheless spectacular. Each figure is cleverly broken down into several main parts that combine to form a sophisticated and lifelike pose. Detail such as uniform definition, personal equipment and facial features are sharply defined. Indeed, each pose uniquely captures the wintry feel of battle in the 1943-44 period. For modelers seeking to populate their Panzer IV tanks, this set is simply unbeatable!
 

1:35 M4 Sherman 75mm Normandy

SKU: 500776511

Article number: 500776511 Product: 1/35 M4 Sherman 75mm Normandy

The Allied D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 marked the first successful opposed landings across the English Channel in nine centuries. The massive assault on Hitler’s much-vaunted Atlantic Wall was also the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time. A total of 130,000 soldiers went ashore on 6 June, while a million men had been landed in this sector of northern France within a month. These Allied soldiers were supported by all sorts of armored vehicles, with the ubiquitous M4 Sherman tank being chief among them. Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale kit portrays just such an M4 tank that participated in the Normandy campaign. Modelers will need to take note that this is much more than just another Sherman kit, for it has been specifically designed as a Normandy veteran!

The M4 variant, powered by a Continental radial engine and armed with a 75mm main gun, was deployed by American, British, Polish and Canadian units. This broad range of users in the tense battles for Normandy opens up new possibilities for modelers of this kit. This exciting new release, the first from Dragon in 2009, shows a welded-hull variant. This kit has received many new parts and extensive retooling to accurately replicate particular M4 characteristics like the thickened armor plates on the turret sides. Newly tooled components include a slide-molded upper hull, turret, engine deck and rear engine-compartment doors. The T51 tracks made from DS are also brand new. Multimedia parts such as photo-etched sand-shield brackets and engine ventilator covers are also included. For modelers wishing to depict a Sherman fighting through the thick Normandy hedgerows and bocage, or dueling with Panthers and Tigers of desperate German defenders, this kit is a dream come true!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model M4 Sherman 75mm Normandy in scale 1:35

1:35 15cm s.IG.33/2(Sf) a.Jagdpanzer 38t

SKU: 500776489

Article number: 500776489 Product: 1/35 15cm s.IG.33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

Dragon’s 1/35 scale Hetzer family is being enriched with new kits. The latest is the 15cm s.IG.33/2 (Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer, which was a tracked infantry support vehicle. The gun mounted on a Hetzer chassis was the well-known 15cm s.IG.33/2 howitzer, Germany’s standard heavy infantry gun throughout WWII. Czech manufacturer BMM converted six vehicles and built an additional 24 based on the Bergepanzer 38(t) recovery vehicle from December 1944 onwards. This vehicle featured a raised superstructure, while the mount and shield for the s.IG.33/2 was the same as that used on a self-propelled howitzer based on the Pz.Kpfw.38(t) chassis.

This new 1/35 scale kit is phenomenally detailed. It is far more than just a hybrid of Dragon’s Hetzer chassis and s.IG.33/2 howitzer, for this kit required numerous new parts to pull off a realistic depiction of this vehicle. The kit has a brand new upper hull, superstructure, fighting compartment, idler wheel, storage bin and associated interior detail such as ammunition racks. Furthermore, two options are available to fit out the aft of the fighting compartment. At the rear is a new exhaust and muffler, which comes with a photo-etched guard. This self-propelled howitzer has hitherto never been available in plastic, so Dragon’s creation makes yet another Hetzer variant readily obtainable by all. As well as the regular Hetzer tank destroyer already offered by Dragon, modelers can now add this support vehicle with heavy 15cm gun to their collections.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model 15cm s.IG.33/2(Sf) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer in scale 1:35

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.I w/ Abwurfvorrichtung

SKU: 500776480

Article number: 500776480 Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.I mit Abwurfvorrichtung

As Germany attempted to rearm in the 1930s in the lead-up to WWII, the military leadership relied heavily on the Pz.Kpfw.I. Some 1,493 examples of all types were built and these light tanks served in early campaigns even though they were supposed to be just training platforms. Mass production of the Ausf.A commenced in 1934, while the improved Ausf.B with a different engine appeared in August 1935. The Ausf.B was lengthened and it had five road wheels per side. The Panzer I was thinly armored with just 13mm steel at its thickest point. It operated with a crew of two – the commander/gunner and driver. An unusual version of this small tank was the Ladungsleger, literally a Demolition Charge Layer. These modified tanks were typically found in the panzer-pionier-bataillon of panzer divisions in 1940 in time for the campaign in Western Europe. The conversion comprised a device mounted on the rear deck that could lower a 50kg explosive charge onto or against a field fortification before it was then detonated.

Dragon is offering a fine 1/35 scale Smart Kit of a Panzer I Ladungsleger. This kit utilizes high-quality components from previous Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.B kits, and mixes them with a range of brand new elements specifically produced for the Demolition Charge Layer. The kit employs multimedia materials such as plastic and metal cables in order to recreate this exact variant. It’s convenient too – the track links may be tiny but they’re perfectly produced via Magic Tracks with no need for time-consuming cleanup. The Ladungsleger may seem like an insignificant or unusual subject for a kit, and surely modelers never dreamt they’d see one produced by a mainstream kit manufacturer. However, Dragon always seeks to surprise and satisfy modelers, and this kit does exactly that!

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model Pz.Kpfw.I w/ Abwurfvorrichtung (Smart Kit) in Scale 1:35

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J Initial Product.

SKU: 500776463

Article number: 500776463 Product: 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J Initial Production

The Panzer III was Germany’s main battle tank for the first couple of years of WWII, with earlier Panzer IV variants serving primarily as close-support weapons. However, after Pz.Kpfw.III tanks began encountering more heavily armored T-34 and KV-1 tanks during the invasion of Russia, existing Panzer III models were found to be inadequate for the task. One solution was to up-gun the tank with a longer and more powerful 5cm KwK 38 L/42 cannon, and to add more armor to the vehicle. Thus the Panzer III Ausf.J was born. It featured 50mm-thick solid armor plates on the front and rear of the hull, an increase from the previous 30mm-thick armor plates. Among other modifications, the new armor resulted in a ball-mount MG being fitted on the front superstructure and a redesigned driver’s visor.

Dragon has launched a new 1/35 Smart Kit of an Initial Production Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.J. A total of 482 such tanks were produced beginning in March 1941, before an even longer 5cm KwK 39 L/60 gun was available for introduction on later Ausf.J models in December 1941 through to mid-1942 (this vehicle is finely represented by Dragon’s previously released Item No. 6394). This new kit correctly depicts an Ausf.J as it appeared in its initial configuration, and so the kit has received a completely new tooling for the engine deck. The engine deck has the hatches accurately arranged, plus the option of having the tow cable pre-molded in place, or absent altogether. This fine 1/35 scale kit naturally utilizes parts from Dragon’s previous Panzer III J, and so numerous fantastic features are carried over where appropriate. Where needed, totally new parts have been added for this Initial Production variant. As a Smart Kit, this new item is a pleasure to build thanks to clever parts engineering by the designer. The kit is also highly accurate, allowing modelers to create this specific variant of the Panzer III Ausf.J that is ready to take on tougher armored foes o

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J Initial Production in scale 1:35

1:35 El Alamein Sherman (Smart Kit)

SKU: 500776447

Article number: 500776447 Product: 1/35 El Alamein Sherman (Smart Kit)

Features

Turret: - One-piece early 75mm gun turret has cast texturre - Commander's hatch w/periscope assembly - Bolted connecting plate for gun shield attachment rendered in fine detail - Two types of gun barrels are slide molded w/hollow end

Upper Hull: - Completely new slide-molded upper hull w/realistic cast detail - Newly tooled glacis w/direct vision hoods accurately reproduced - Newly designed driver's and radio operator's direct vision slots w/clear periscope assemblies - Direct vision covers can be modeled open/closed - Detailed fighting compartment ventilator - Brand new photo-etched OVM clasps display sublte detail - Photo-etched light guards included - Special device included to bend specific photo-etched parts to correct angle - Newly designed engine deck w/air-intake cover - Newly tooled tail lamps imitate the real items - Detailed lifting eyes w/weld pattern - Two options for cutouts on engine compartment cover - Options for engine ventilator covers

Lower Hull and Rear: - Chassis made by 2-directional slide mold; bolts and rivets delicately represented on hull - Newly tooled one-piece slide-molded transmission cover w/realistic cast detail - Fenders made from photo-etched parts to represent actual thickness - Finely detailed photo-etched storage box brackets is new - Photo-etched parts for fender attachment strip - New rear hull armor plate w/air filters and engine compartment rear doors - Finely detailed air filters newly tooled

Suspension, Wheel and Tracks: - Fully detailed brand new T41 DS tracks - Suspension bogies w/realistic cast detail; towing eyes included - Realistically reproduced suspension system - Idler mount is new - New idler wheels have delicate detail

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model El Alamein Sherman (Smart Kit) in Scale 1:35

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J (w/Magic Track)

SKU: 500776394

Article number: 500776394 Product: 1/35 WWII Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.J

About The Panzer III The Panzer III helped form the backbone of Germany’s vaunted Panzer divisions, especially in the earlier stages of WWII. To keep this medium tank competitive on the battlefield, it received a number of improvements in armor and armament throughout its life. The Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J, manufactured between March 1941 and July 1942, was the first model to feature 50mm thick basic frontal armor. The rear and engine deck were also redesigned since the hull was lengthened. The Early Ausf. J retained the 5cm KwK38 L/42 gun, while Late models received the longer 5cm KwK38 L/60.

Dragon’s brand new 1/35 scale kit of a Panzer III Ausf. J was recently unveiled at the Shizuoka Show in Japan. This is a 2-in-1 Smart Kit that allows both Early and Late models with their different gun barrels to be produced. The kit is another masterpiece from the experienced Japanese design team, and because it’s a Smart Kit, ease of assembly is assured. This kit is replete with a sizzling level of detail, and no effort has been spared in producing the world’s best model of this Panzer III variant. A total of 1549 tanks of this mark were produced, ensuring that it was widely used on the Eastern Front and in North Africa. Its diverse use against T-34s and KV-1 tanks in Russia, or Grants and Valentines on North Africa’s battlefields, provides modelers with even more opportunities in depicting this tank in different displays or dioramas. This range of options is enhanced by a selection of high-quality decal markings. This is an exciting new Panzer III kit from Dragon, and it easily maintains the impetus of Dragon’s trailblazing Smart Kits!

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J (w/Magic Track) in Scale 1:35

1:35 WWII Jagdpanther G1 Late Production

SKU: 500776393

Article number.: 500776393 Product: 1:35 WWII Jagdpanther G1 Late Production

The Jagdpanther is not only an attractive-looking war machine, but it was also perhaps the most effective tank destroyer of WWII. A total of 392 Jagdpanthers (Hunting Panthers) were manufactured, each mounting an 8.8cm PaK43/3 main gun on a modified Panther chassis and hull. Production commenced in January 1944 and the first vehicles were issued to combat units in June. Although most served on the Eastern Front, a large number were collected and used in the Battle of Bulge in December 1944. Dragon has just released a 1/35 scale kit of the Late Production variant. Late Production vehicles can be identified by such modifications as a bolted mantlet collar, two-piece PaK43/4 gun barrel, single vision slot for the driver, revised roof for the fighting compartment, flash-suppressor exhaust pipes, and a cooling fan for the crew compartment heater.

Dragon’s model is bristling with a sensational level of detail. The kit is based on the hugely popular Jagdpanther G1 Early Production (Item No. 6458), but it has been modified with newly tooled parts to represent all the relevant characteristics of the Late version. The sophisticated curved shape of the gun mantlet has also been masterfully recreated. This new Jagdpanther variant has quite a different look to the previously released kit, and it constitutes a perfect subject for modelers building up a scene from late in WWII. This Jagdpanther is ready to do some serious hunting!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model WWII Jagdpanther G1 (Late Production) in scale 1:35

1:35 German sFH 18 Howitzer w/Limber

SKU: 500776392

Article number: 500776392 Product: 1:35 German sfh 18 Howitzer w/Limber

About the sFH 18 Howitzer Artillery is often termed "The King of the Battlefield", and this was no less true in WWII. Germany’s 15cm sFH 18 (sFH stands for schwere Feld Haubitze or "Heavy Field Howitzer") was the standard heavy howitzer throughout the war. Nicknamed Immergrün ("Evergreen"), it was based on the sFH 13 of WWI vintage. Widely used by the Army, the 5.5-ton weapon was also employed by the Navy in coastal defense positions. A total of 7,400 howitzers were manufactured through to the end of the war, each capable of hurling a 15cm shell out to a maximum range of 13km. The sFH 18 also happened to be the world’s first artillery system to make use of a rocket-assisted projectile (RAP).

About this kit Dragon’s new 1/35 scale model of an sFH 18 howitzer could be referred to as the king of model artillery! It’s a completely new kit, designed from the ground up. It’s the culmination of thorough research carried out on the real gun, combined with top-notch design and high-tech tooling. The in-depth design process means it’s an accurate kit and extremely easy to assemble. Modelers will remember the extraordinary level of quality attained by Dragon’s 88mm Flak kits, and this 15cm sFH 18 is set to cause a similar sensation. To enhance its appeal, and to allow modelers even greater liberty, the ammunition limber is included in the kit. This means modelers are able to create an impressive diorama, especially if a full crew of 12 is added to the equation. This same gun system was also fitted on the Hummel, but this newest kit focuses on the conventional split-trail gun carriage that saw widespread service in WWII. Modelers could display their howitzer on the Western or Eastern Front, or in the North African or Mediterranean theaters. Long live this new king of artillery kits!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model German sFH 18 Howitzer w/Limber in scale 1:35

1: 35 Brit.8th Army Infantry, El Alamein

SKU: 500776390

Article number: 500776390 Product: 1/ 35 Brit. 8th Army Infantry El Alamein

One of the most famous British fighting formations in WWII was the 8th Army, which fought in the North African and Italian campaigns. Interestingly, it received its name from the fact that the French had previously fielded seven armies up to that point in WWII. Its fighting debut was on 17 November 1941 when it faced its nemesis Erwin Rommel for the first time. Under General Auchinleck, the 8th Army eventually halted the Afrika Korps at the First Battle of El Alamein, though the commander was to be replaced by Bernard Montgomery. It was under "Monty" that the 8th Army had decisive success against Rommel in the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October – 5 November 1942), though at the cost of 25,000 Axis and 13,000 Allied casualties.

Dragon recently released a figure set of Afrika Korps soldiers fighting in the Battle of El Alamein, and now they are joined in combat by some opposing "Tommies". It’s not every day that 1/35 scale British figures are released, so this brand new set of 8th Army infantrymen from Dragon will be a cause for wild celebration amongst figure and diorama modelers the world over! Indeed, these are Dragon’s first ever figures to feature the 8th Army, and what figures they are! The four soldiers are ideally posed for a combat scene, and they possess a range of weapons including a pistol, Lee Enfield rifle, Bren machine gun and Thompson submachine gun. They are wearing desert uniforms and personal equipment customary for troops of the North African theater, and the detail on these figures is simply outstanding. Their sculpting is top notch and they are bursting with animated realism.

Not only are they ready to face Dragon’s Afrika Korps figures on a miniature sandy tableau, but they would make a perfect companion to Dragon’s new 1/35 scale Sherman III tank. The victory at El Alamein was a decisive moment in WWII, and it was orchestrated by two of the best commanders of war. Modelers can now recreate it with

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model British 8th Army Infantry, El Alamein 1942 in Scale 1:35

1:35 Afrika Korps Pz.Gren. El Alamein'42

SKU: 500776389

El Alamein could rightly take the credit for being the most famous battle of the North African campaign in WWII. In actual fact, there were two distinct battles in this end of the railway location in Egypt, the first from 1-27 July 1942, and the second from 23 October – 4 November of the same year. The second battle saw Generals Montgomery and Rommel facing each other, and many historians consider it a major turning point in WWII. It led Winston Churchill to comment: "The Germans have received back again that measure of fire and steel which they have so often meted out to others." The second battle involved 220,000 Allied soldiers and 1100 Allied tanks pitted against 116,000 German soldiers and 559 German tanks.

Dragon is going to release a fantastic new 1/35 scale set featuring German figures from this famous battle. The four Afrika Korps figures are vividly posed, each dressed in typical DAK infantry uniforms and equipment. Two of the figures constitute a machine gun team with an MG34, while the remaining two soldiers wield a Kar98K rifle and pistol respectively. Of special note, the machine gun team members have sun-bleached helmet covers. This set is ideal for modelers wishing to create an action-packed diorama, and it will be an invaluable addition to the inventory of figures available for the North African theater. Indeed, this figure set makes the perfect accompaniment to Dragon’s recent Panzer II Ausf. F kit, a tank that saw action in this theater.

Contains 4 figures.

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model Afrika Korps Panzer Grenadier El Alamein 1942 in Scale 1:35

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.L Late Production

SKU: 500776387

Article number: 500776387 Product: 1:35 Pz.KPFW.III Ausf.L Late Production

The Panzer III was a medium-class tank that, at the outbreak of WWII, was designed to be the primary platform of the all-conquering panzer divisions. However, with the advent of more heavily armored and up-gunned enemy tanks, the role of the Panzer III became secondary to that of the Panzer IV. Production finally ceased in 1943. One of the later models to be produced was the Panzer III Ausf.L, which featured a longer and more powerful 5cm KwK39 L/60 main gun. It also boasted thicker armor, with an additional 20mm-thick layer on the turret and hull front. A total of 653 Ausf.L tanks were produced from June-December 1942 by German factories.

It's the first 1/35 Panzer III Ausf.L medium tank from Dragon. Moreover it comes with something special. This kit offers modelers the chance to build a Late-Production variant with the long-barreled cannon fighting in the depths of an Eastern Front winter. This is because the tank comes equipped with Winterketten tracks, which are carefully represented by a set of convenient Magic Tracks. These extended track links offered armored vehicles better traction in snowy and muddy terrain. Since the Panzer III is based on an existing kit, this model may not offer any newly tooled parts, but the ones it does employ are accurately produced and well-engineered. On behalf of modelers, this Panzer III Ausf.L Late Production kit is ready to get muddy and snowy down in some wintry diorama!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.L Late Production w/Winterketten (Magic Track) in scale 1:35

1:35 U.S. Army Tank Riders 1944-45

SKU: 500776378

Article number: 500776378 Product: 1/35 U.S. Army Tank Riders 1944-45

The column of olive-drab colored M4 Sherman tanks ground its way through the dusty, narrow lanes of northern France. On either side, thick vegetation and hedgerows pressed in. Clumps of battle-weary GIs sprawled on the engine decks of the Shermans, exhausted after continuous combat but grateful for the free ride. Their weapons remained close at hand, ready for an ambush or the next engagement with their German adversaries.

Such a scene can now be created thanks to the launch of Dragon’s latest Gen2 figure set. The 1/35 scale set includes four U.S. Army soldiers suitable for scenes in the 1944-45 period. These American "tank riders" are the first of their kind to be made available, making the set a valuable asset. Dragon has recently produced some accurate Sherman kits, and at last there are now infantry figures to populate these tanks. Each of the four figures is strikingly posed, either sitting or kneeling, and they have been carefully sculpted to fit onto a Sherman engine deck. Detail is sharp and incredibly refined in keeping with their Gen2 status. Combined they form an impressive NW European 1944-45 scene for Shermaholics. But of course, these figures are also inherently versatile as they can be depicted resting in just about any context. As with previous Gen2 figure sets, these GIs are equipped with the most detailed and latest in molded weaponry such as the Garand M1 and BAR. Their personal equipment is equally well represented in high-quality molded plastic. Indeed, these tank riders are ready to mount up and move out!
 

1:35 German Antitank Team/Panzerschreck

SKU: 500776374

Article number: 500776374 Product: 1:35 German Antitank Team/Panzerschreck

As the Soviet T-34 tank rumbled along the snow-coated street, its steel track treads crumbled the rubble into powder. Lurking in the shadows, a figure raised his weapon and took careful aim at the monstrous steel hulk bearing down on him. Suddenly he fired, the Ofenrohr ("Stove Pipe") emitting a large cloud of smoke. A rocket streaked towards the tank and penetrated its sloped armor, the vehicle clanking to a stop as flames and smoke erupted from its interior. The German tank hunter team quickly scuttled away to find a new position.

This type of scene was repeated over and over as German defenses were inundated by Soviet and Allied tanks in the latter part of WWII. With a dire shortage of tanks and tank destroyers, one smaller but still effective German weapon was the Panzerschreck ("tank terror") or Raketenpanzerbüchse ("rocket tank rifle", or RPzB). This antitank rocket launcher of 88mm caliber, from which the American bazooka was copied, was employed by infantry. Dragon’s newest figure set offers two Panzerschreck teams, one wearing winter uniforms and the other attired in summer uniforms. Their versatility allows them to be used for either Eastern or Western Front dioramas. As a Gen2 set, the figures are crisply detailed and have anatomically vivid poses. Likewise, their associated gear is sharply molded. Their RPzB 54 weapons with characteristic blast shields are amazingly detailed, the most accurate yet thanks to their Gen2 status. These teams are ready to terrorize some enemy tanks, and simply await a modeler’s touch to bring them to life!

Panzerschreck Teams, 1:35

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F1(F) w/Magic Track

SKU: 500776315

1:35 Georgien Legion (Normandy 1944)

SKU: 500776277

Article number: 500776277 Product: 1:35 Georgien Legion (Normandy 1944)

1/35 Georgian Legion, Normandy 1944

This four piece figure set features soldiers from the Georgian Legion who have been taken by surprise in an assault. Their trench system and positions are overrun, and there is no option left but to hold up their hands in surrender. Each is in a unique and lifelike pose.

Main Features: - 4 figures - Unique and lifelike poses - Detailed and accurate sculpting

For these soldiers the war is over, but for the modeler, there are boundless vignette and diorama possibilities!

About the Georgian Legion: Georgian Legion was the Wehrmacht’s ethnic military legion formed by the Georgian émigrés who were forced to leave their motherland after the Soviet occupation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1921. The Georgian Legion was joined by former Red Army' volunteers' captured by the Germans and enlisted, while facing certain death from starvation, disease, forced labour and brutality, in POW lagers.

At least 30,000 Georgians served in the Nazi armed forces. Serving in the 13 field battalions, each having 5 companies and up to 800-strong, of the Wehrmacht's Georgia Legion, Georgians were also found in the Wehrmacht's North Caucasian Legion and in other Caucasian ethnic legions.

The Georgian Legion was commanded by Major General Shalva Maglakelidze.

Across Europe, especially in Italy and France, many Georgian soldiers in the German Armed Forces deserted and joined local Resistance Movements.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Georgien Legion (Normandy 1944) in scale 1:35

1:35 Sd.Kfz.171 Panther G LateProduction

SKU: 500776268

Article number: 500776268 Product: 1/35 Sd.Kfz.171 Panther G LateProduction

Main Features: Turret & Gun - Newly tooled turret with accurate weld patterns - Commander's cupola modeled in superb detail by 8-direction slide molds - Multi-part commander's cupola with interior details and transparent periscope parts - Turret-top pilzen authentically modeled - Slide-molded close-defense weapon is moveable and can be modeled open / closed - Cupola hatches with interior details can be positioned open / closed - Optional loops for attaching camouflage to turret - Pre-printed camouflage loop location marks-for ultimate modeling convenience - Rear hatch with interior hinge detail can be positioned open / closed - Accurate toothed ring for turret - Newly tooled cylindrical stowage bin - Multi-part slide-molded muzzle brake in great detail - One-piece plastic gun barrel - Gun assembly recreated in detail, complete with breech - Two types of slide-molded mantlets

Upper Hull & Engine Deck - Newly tooled upper hull with separate engine decks - Driver's and radio operator's hatches with interior details and support arms - Moveable driver's periscope with transparent part and optional cover - Slide-molded headlight assemblies with maximum detail - Optional MG ball mount plug - Front ball-mount MG is movable - Intricately slide-molded barrel travel lock with option of travel or combat configurations as separate parts - New armored deflector for rear deck air intake - Two types of engine deck hatches - Engine deck hatch with interior details can be modeled open / closed - Engine radiator details with 2 types of fans - Crew compartment heater with 'pie slice' covers - Newly tooled armored guard for cooling air outlet grills - Authentically recreated armored guards for cooling air intake grills - Optional slide louvers for engine deck air intakes can be molded in open/closed positions - Delicate

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model Sd.Kfz.171 Panther G Late Production in Scale 1:35

1:35 E-100 Heavy Tank "Nachtjäger"

SKU: 500776011

Article number: 500776011 Product: 1/35 E-100 Heavy Tank "Nachtjäger"

First authorized in June 1943, the E-100 was a monstrous tank with a staggering weight of 140 tons. It was planned to mount a 12.8cm KwK44 L/55 main armament and a 7.5cm KwK44 L/36.5 gun in a modified Maus turret. However, a stop was put on development of super-heavy tanks in 1944, and this project was given a low priority. As a result, only one chassis prototype was assembled, though even this was not fully finished by the time WWII ended. The frontal armor on the E-100 ("E" stands for Entwicklungsfahrzeug) hull was 200mm thick, and that on the turret (if it had been eventually built) would have been 240mm thick.

The E-100 was never completed by Henschel, but Dragon has succeeded in finishing off the massive E-100 in 1/35 scale. In a magnificent "what if" item, this E-100 is made to exacting standards in Dragon’s 1/35 range of plastic kits. The model is made even more exclusive by the inclusion of infrared night vision equipment, meaning it is able to reign in the hours of darkness. With its huge bulk cloaked by darkness, this model is able to launch attacks or defend territory with equal ease! In daylight it’s no less impressive, with its enormous size and futuristic appearance. For such a cumbersome vehicle, close-in defense is provided by a set of four "nachtjagers" (night fighters). These German soldiers are just as effective at fighting at night, equipped with such cutting-edge weapons as MP44 assault rifles with the Vampir infrared scope and battery backpack, an MP44 with unique Krummlauf (curved leaf) curved barrel, and even a Gatling-type mini-gun. This kit offers unparalleled potential to modelers wishing to create a "futuristic" scene and vehicle, and to let their imaginations run wild!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model E-100 Heavy Tank "Nachtjäger" in scale 1:35

1:48 Focke-Wulf Ta152C-1/R14

SKU: 500775573

Article number: 500775573 Product: 1:48 Focke-Wulf Tal 152C-1/R14

Features: - Detailed Ta152C fuselage w/accurate design - Wings accurately represent the real one - Intricate fuselage, engine and radiator cowling - Crystal-clear cockpit canopy can be assembled open/closed - Propeller can be rotated - Photo-etched parts to upgrade details - Highly detailed radiator cowling w/photo-etched parts and optional flaps - Air intake realistically produced - Tail w/fine detail - Torpedo authentically reproduced w/fine detail - Detailed landing gear can be assembled in extended or taxiing positions

Focke-Wulf aircraft of WWII were usually prefixed with the initials "Fw", with one of the best-known fighters from the German company being the Fw 190. However, in the case of the Ta 152, the prefix was changed to recognize the pivotal role played by chief designer Kurt Tank. Basically, the Ta 152 was a high-altitude fighter-interceptor derived from the Fw 190. The first production Ta 152H entered service in January 1945, although only 43 fighters were delivered to combat units before the war ended. The Ta 152C variant designed for slightly lower-altitude combat and for the ground attack role was armed with a 30mm MK 108 cannon and four 20mm MG 151/20 weapons.

Dragon’s newest 1/48 scale model depicts the proposed Ta 152C-1/R14 variant, which had the armaments previously mentioned as well as a torpedo stowed under the belly for attacking enemy shipping. However, Focke-Wulf assembly plants were overrun before the Ta 152C-1 began rolling off assembly lines so it never actually saw combat in the hands of the Luftwaffe. This plastic kit builds upon the success of the previously released Ta 152C-0, but it adds the formidable-looking torpedo. The cowling for the aircraft’s Daimler-Benz 12-cylinder DB 603LA has also been modified to provide the correct details. After enjoying Dragon’s famous build quality and engineering excellence, modelers can finish off their fighter with some

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Focke-Wulf Ta152C-1/R14 in scale 1:48

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