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Plastic Kits

1:35 Panther Ausf.F w/Night Sight

SKU: 500776917

Article number: 500776917 Product: 1:35 Panther Ausf.F w/Night Sight

Some regard the Panther as Germany’s best tank of WWII, and approximately 6,000 Panthers were manufactured from 1943-45. However, the war ended before the planned ultimate Panther Ausf.F variant entered production. The main feature of the Ausf.F was a redesigned Schmaltürm "narrow turret" possessing a narrower frontage and thicker armor. The turret featured a modified 7.5cm gun known as the KwK.44/1 in a bell-shaped mantlet. The turret would also have had a built-in Zeiss stereoscopic rangefinder mounted in armored blisters either side of the turret.

If it had been built, the Panther F would have been a prime candidate to receive the FG1250 infrared sight, which Germany was trying out at the end of the war. German tanks were also very vulnerable to enemy fighters late in the war, so a special set of armored plates could be mounted atop the turret and over parts of the Panther’s engine deck. These steel plates that were 5-8mm thick were double-spaced on the turret top to improve protection against aircraft strafing and shrapnel. Dragon is now offering such a Panther Ausf.F with all the aforementioned accessories such as the night sights and the interesting set of add-on antiaircraft armor. The item utilizes Dragon’s previously released kit of a Panther Ausf.F tank but it comes with new infrared sights. The air defense armor plates are made of photo-etched parts, including the prominent double layer mounted atop the turret. The final result is a unique-looking Panther, this kit being perfect for a "what if" diorama or as a standalone item.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Panther Ausf.F w/Night Sight and Air Defense Armor in scale 1:35

1:35 Wittmann's Last Tiger

SKU: 500776800

1:72 Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr. 3-5 Rheinmetall

SKU: 500777438

Germany created many successful medium and heavy tanks such as the Panzer III, Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger. However, the nation’s first attempts at creating a heavy tank commenced in the early 1930s. Known as the Neubaufahrzeug ("New Construction Vehicle"), it was not a success, however. Slow-moving and boasting multiple turrets, it was ill equipped for the type of rapid, mobile warfare that Blitzkrieg tactics required. For this reason, only five Neubaufahrzeug heavy tanks were built. The three 25.8-ton tanks participated in the 1940 invasion of Norway within a specially formed Panzerabteilung. Armament included a 7.5m KwK L/24 main gun, 3.7cm KwK L/45 cannon and two 7.92mm machine guns.

Dragon has already produced a fine 1/35 scale kit of the Neubaufahrzeug, and now it’s being offered in the smaller 1/72 scale within the Armor Pro collection. The kit allows modelers to build the three tanks (numbered 3-5) that saw action in Norway, these having been originally built in 1935-36. Utilizing research and experience with the 1/35 kit, this Neubaufahrzeug uses brand new toolings. The entire upper hull is made from a single piece of plastic to provide a suitable foundation upon which to add the numerous details. With the convenience of modelers in mind, the intricate road wheels are assembled as one piece, while the tracks are made of DS. The three turrets are precisely constructed. This was one monster of a tank, and now modelers can depict it in 1/72 scale whilst in action in Norway!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr. 3-5 Rheinmetall in scale 1:72

1:72 Churchill Mk.III AVRE

SKU: 500777327

Article number: 500777327 Product: 1:72 Churchill Mk.III AVRE

The Churchill infantry tank is a distinctive design thanks to 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 improved tank versions, as well as specialist vehicles for specific functions. One of these was the Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE), a combat engineer vehicle designed to destroy enemy fortifications and heavy obstacles such as bunkers. It was developed after the failure of the Dieppe landings, and it constituted one of Hobart’s Funnies designed to support the D-Day landings in Normandy. To achieve its destructive goal, it was fitted with a Petard 290mm main armament. This spigot mortar could throw an 18kg "Flying dustbin" round about 80m. The AVRE had a crew of six, and the Petard was reloaded by traversing the turret so the co-driver could manually push a new round into the barrel from his hatch.

Dragon has produced a 1/72 scale model of an AVRE based on its previous and very successful Churchill Mk.III tank kit. This new item thus makes good use of components from the Churchill Mk.III, but it has brand new components such as the Petard 290mm main armament. The extra armor plates for the turret mantlet are also newly tooled. This model of the Churchill Mk.III AVRE is beautifully detailed, and the kit assembles quickly and easily into an accurate model thanks to time-saving elements such as one-piece DS tracks and single-piece bogies to represent the complicated running gear. For modelers wishing to depict a Normandy scene or something similar, this new kit is a must-have! The kit is a (combat) engineering marvel!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Churchill Mk.III AVRE in scale 1:72

1:72 Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret

SKU: 500777254

Features - Slide-molded one-piece Porsche turret with a pre-injected zimmerit coating - Upper and lower hull come with realistically scaled zimmerit - Slide-molded muzzle brake - Photo-etched parts to upgrade details - One-piece DS tracks - Cartograf Decal offers accurate markings

Dragon’s latest 1/72 scale King Tiger with Porsche turret has just been announced. It is the first ever to feature a pre-molded zimmerit coating. Zimmerit was an anti-magnetic paste applied to many armored vehicles to prevent enemy soldiers from attaching magnetic antitank mines. Zimmerit is notoriously difficult to replicate on models, especially so in 1/72 scale, so this fine model kit offers modelers the ideal solution. Using Dragon’s patented injection-molded zimmerit, the hull and turret of the mighty Tiger II tank features an accurately textured zimmerit surface. The kit also features one-piece DS tracks for added modeling convenience. There is also a generous supply of photo-etched components to enhance specific details. To finish their masterpieces, modelers are offered a wide range of high-quality Cartograf decals. All in all, this King Tiger with Porsche turret and zimmerit coating is a very attractive package!

About the King Tiger A total of 489 King Tiger tanks were produced between January 1944 and March 1945. The first 50 tanks were fitted with a turret manufactured by Porsche that was originally intended for the VK4502(P). Unfortunately, these turrets had a rounded front plate, which resulted in a deadly shot-trap. Henschel redesigned the turret and mantlet, and all remaining King Tiger tanks sported this later turret.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit in scale 1:72

1:700 German Z-38 Destroyer (Smart Kit)

SKU: 500777134

Article number: 500777134 Product: 1:700 German Z-38 Destroyer (Smart Kit)

Germany produced a total of 15 Zerstörer 1936A-class destroyers, which the Allies referred to as the Narvik class. They were actually closer in size to a light cruiser than a destroyer, and they were known only by their hull numbers and didn’t receive any name. They sported powerful 5.9-inch guns, with the last three destroyers constructed by F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG in Kiel. Z38 was the penultimate destroyer of the class after being commissioned on 20 March 1943. One of its first combat missions was to escort the Scharnhorst battleship, and near the end of the war it operated in the Baltic Sea as German forces retreated. Z38 had a combat displacement of 3,691 tons and required a crew of 330 sailors. After WWII it was seized by the UK and used as a test ship under the name Nonsuch before being scrapped in 1950.

Dragon has earlier offered 1/700 scale kits of the Z31 and Z39 destroyers, and they’re now being joined by their sister Z38. This new kit comes the accurate bridge and aft platform of Z-38. As with Dragon’s earlier destroyers, this kit is produced with the highest levels of engineering and molding excellence. The destroyer can be assembled as a full-hull or waterline-hull kit, while a comprehensive selection of photo-etched parts are available to upgrade the sophisticated plastic components. This is a stunning kit, and when the Z31, Z38 and Z39 trio is alongside, they allow modelers to discern the development process of this important class of Kriegsmarine warship.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model German Z-38 Destroyer (Smart Kit) in scale 1:700

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 Early Production "TiKi"

SKU: 500776885

Article number: 500776885 Product: 1:35 Tiger I Early Production "TiKi"

Dragon has already launched a number of impressive 1/35 scale kits depicting variants of the famous and formidable Tiger I tank used by Germany. The latest kit to hit shop shelves is a Tiger I Early-Production version representing the famous "TiKi" fielded by the Das Reich Division. This tank operated with 8./SS-Pz.Rgt.2. It is unclear what the name refers to, whether a girlfriend of a crewmember or a contraction of "Tiger Kind" (i.e. Tiger Child). This company was formed in November 1942 and its first mission was Kharkov. Decals for tank number ‘812’ are included, a number used until April 1943. "TiKi" was destroyed later that year after participating in the Battle of Kursk too.

The arrival of this 1/35 scale kit at the turn of the New Year is a nice surprise from Dragon, allowing modelers to create "TiKi" straight from the box. It's a long-waited normal Tiger I early production from Dragon."TiKi"from the Das Reich Division is very well known, so it’s convenient to have everything included all in one place. This new kit inherits existing components from other Tigers but, where necessary, new parts have been specifically created too. These include the gun mantlet, the storage bin on the back of the turret and the spare-track bracket. Some parts of its on-vehicle materiel are new too. To ease assembly, the tank includes convenient DS tracks as well. This is truly a masterpiece, with "TiKi" the Tiger ready to foray into the Russian city of Kharkov to do battle straight from the box.

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

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D

SKU: 500776873

Article number: 500776873 Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D

Dragon offers a comprehensive lineup of 1/35 scale kits in the popular Panzer IV family tree, and the quality of kits available just continues to scale new heights! This is obvious with the newest member of the family – a Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D. Production of the Ausf.D commenced in October 1939, with some 229 tanks produced altogether through till May 1941. Like its predecessors, the Ausf.D mounted a short-barreled 7.5cm KwK37 L/24 gun in the turret. Major improvements on this mark were thicker armor on the sides and rear (upgraded from 15mm to 20mm) and the fitting of an external mantlet. A hull machine gun was reintroduced in front of the radio operator. The tank weighed 20 tons and it was operated by a crew of five. This variant was widely used in Germany’s campaigns in France, the Balkans, North Africa and Russia.

Dragon has offered kits of the Ausf.D before, but this latest model is a brand new item that utilizes completely new toolings. Indeed, the only reused components on this 1/35 scale plastic kit are the on-vehicle tools, and the DS tracks that have been used on Dragon’s previous Panzer IVs. This completely refurbished tank thus gives modelers a Panzer IV D built to the very highest Smart Kit levels. Furthermore, the highly experienced design team has sought to minimize the number of parts wherever possible so that model-makers are spared the ardor of repetitive assembly. It goes without saying that they’ve done so without sacrificing any detail either. This kit fits together with ease, and it now offers even more assembly pleasure thanks to the clever engineering. Indeed, the early-war Panzer IV D has been given a new lease of life!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D (Pz.IV Ausf.D has been given a new lease of life!) in scale 1:35

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

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid Prod.

SKU: 500776866

Article number: 500776866 Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid Prod.

Dragon has come up with extremely exciting combination for Item No. 6866. It features a Tiger I Mid-Production tank, a famous vehicle that needs no introduction. What makes the kit special is the accompanying Borgward IV Ausf.A heavy demolition vehicle, which could drop off a 500kg explosive charge. Operated via radio by its German crew, the remotely controlled Borgward IV was the heaviest type of Germany’s demolition vehicles used in WWII, with the Goliath and Springer representing the light and medium segments. It was introduced in 1942, with 616 of the 3.65m-long Ausf.A variant produced. This reusable demolition charge carrier wasn’t a great success, however, as it was unreliable and expensive. The Tiger I was introduced as the control vehicle for the Borgward IV in 1943-44. There were three companies that operated the Borgward IV. One of these, Panzer Kompanie (Fkl) 313, was subordinated to s.Pz.Abt.508 in December 1943. It had 14 Tiger Is, and its first combat was at Anzio in early 1944.

The Tiger I has Zimmerit, in keeping with that period of the war and for s.Pz.Abt.508, and it has suitable modifications for its control vehicle role. This includes a new antenna and base on the right side of the turret, with this antenna being used to communicate with the demolition charge-carrying vehicle. The well-detailed Borgward IV has not been on the market for a considerable period of time, so its release is much anticipated. Of course, its inclusion with the Tiger I to represent a combination used by C Company of s.Pz.Abt.508 makes it all the more explosively appealing!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Mid Production Remote Controller mit Borgward Ausf.A Heavy Demolition Vehicle s.Pz.Abt. 508, C Company in scale 1:35

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

SKU: 500776858

1:35 German SU-76i w/Cupola

SKU: 500776856

Germany and the USSR employed a large number of captured enemy vehicles during WWII because of shortages in their inventories. Sometimes they also created hybrids by combining domestic and foreign components, and one example of this approach was the SU-76i self-propelled gun (SPG) used by the Soviets. Of interest, ‘i’ denotes Inostrannaya (or ‘foreign’). This vehicle based on the chassis of the Panzer III or StuG III featured a Soviet 76.2mm F-34 main gun. The Russians captured a large number of Panzer III/StuG III armored vehicles, many at Stalingrad, and Factory No.38 added an enclosed superstructure to the hulls. They were first issued to units in the fall of 1943, with a couple of hundred being fielded. Ironically, some captured SU-76i vehicles were re-employed by Germany, marking a full circle of service for the original chassis.

Dragon has produced a 1/35 scale kit of just such an SU-76i SPG that has reverted to German service. This means it complements Dragon’s earlier release of an SU-76i in Soviet service (Item No. 6838). As before, the German SU-76i is logically based on Dragon’s famous and highly accurate Panzer III chassis. The fighting-compartment superstructure features intricate bolt detail and, naturally, the correct gun and mount are included. A Panzer III cupola is installed on the roof, and the associated bulge on the right-hand side of the superstructure to accommodate it is correctly represented. To differentiate this kit even further, this German SU-76i is clad in extended winterketten tracks. This was an unusual armored vehicle used by the Soviets – and the Germans – and Dragon has beautifully recreated this ‘crossover’ SPG!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model German SU-76i w/Cupola in scale 1:35

1:35 IJA Type 4 Light Tank "Ke-Nu"

SKU: 500776854

Article number: 500776854 Product 1:35 IJA Type 4 Light Tank "Ke-Nu" (Smart Kit)

The Type 4 Ke-Nu was a light tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) in WWII. It was essentially a hybrid combining the hull of a Type 95 Ha-Go light tank with a turret from the Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank. When the Type 97 was up-gunned with a higher-velocity 47mm gun, turrets with the original low-velocity 57mm tank gun became surplus and were installed onto the obsolete Type 95. The IJA received approximately 100 examples of the Type 4 Ke-Nu from 1944. While the type’s firepower improved, the heavier weight of the turret added a ton of weight and thus reduced its maximum speed to 40km/h. The 8.4-ton tank’s thin armor could be easily penetrated by Allied anti-tank weapons too. It was operated by a crew of three. Most tanks were retained on the Japanese mainland in anticipation of an Allied invasion, but some saw combat against the Soviets in Korea and Manchuria.

Dragon has produced a fine 1/35 scale plastic kit of the Type 4 Ke-Nu. Indeed, this model is another masterpiece from Dragon’s team of Japanese experts. The team conducted research on the real tank, produced highly accurate technical drawings, created the stunning box art and supervised the whole project to a successful conclusion. There are numerous new kit parts such as the turret with the characteristic ring antenna. Although the Type 4’s hull may look similar to that of Dragon’s Type 95 Ha-Go kit, the glacis plate has been completely redone. This will be one of the most eye-catching 1/35 releases of the year from Dragon, and it just proves the adage that good things do indeed come in small packages!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model IJA Type 4 Light Tank "Ke-Nu" in scale 1:35

1:35 Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.K

SKU: 500776853

1:35 Pz.Bef.Wg.V Panther Ausf.G

SKU: 500776847

Article number: 500776847 Product: 1/35 Pz.Bef.Wg.V Panther Ausf.G

The 45-tonne Panther was one of the most important tanks used by Germany during WWII. A number of Panther Ausf. A and Ausf.G vehicles, 329 in fact, were converted into command tanks from May 1943 to February 1945. These were known in German as the Panzerbefehlswagen, and they were used as battalion and regimental command vehicles, as well as for ground-to-air liaison. One important design criteria was to make sure they looked inconspicuous compared to regular gun tanks so that they wouldn't be targeted by the enemy. These command tanks still retained the 7.5cm KwK42 L/70 main gun, but did not have the usual coaxial machine gun. The Befehls-Panther added an additional radio, which caused a corresponding reduction in ammunition stowage. A FuG5 radio was installed in the turret and a FuG7 or FuG8 in the hull.

We are now offering a 1/35 scale kit of a Befehls-Panther Ausf.G. As the name indicates, this command tank is based on a Panther Ausf.G hull. The kit thus inherits the best aspects of Dragon’s phenomenal Panther G kit family, with all the necessary additions typical of a Befehls-Panther. For example, there is a star antenna on the engine deck and the correct mantlet for a command Panther is present. DS tracks are included for easy assembly. this Befehls-Panther kit will command a lot of respect thanks to its accurate, even easier-to-build characteristics.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Bef.Wg.V Panther Ausf.G in scale 1:35

1:35 T95 Super Heavy Tank

SKU: 500776825

1:35 PzKpfw.IV Ausf.A Up-Armored Version

SKU: 500776816

Article number: 500776816 Product: 1:35 PzKpfw.IV Ausf.A Up-Armored Version

Dragon earlier completed its Panzer IV grand slam in 1/35 scale with the release of the Ausf.A several years ago. That meant Dragon is able to offer a modern and accurate kit of every member of the Panzer IV family – the A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and J! The Ausf.A was obviously the grandfather, with 35 tanks produced from October 1937 to March 1938. It stemmed from a development contract issued to Krupp in 1935. The design featured a short-barreled 7.5cm KwK37 L/24 main gun and two MG34 machine guns. As befitting what was essentially a pre-series design, the maximum armor thickness on the 18.4-ton design was just 14.5mm on the hull and 20mm on the turret. With the Panzer IV Ausf.A slated to see service in the 1939-40 campaigns in Poland, Norway and France, there was obviously a need to improve the thickness of its armor. Thus, a number of Panzer IV Ausf.A tanks were up-armored by adding extra armor plates on the front hull and glacis. Dragon’s newest Panzer IV kit allows modelers to reproduce these tanks with applique armor that were slightly better suited to combat.

This1/35 scale plastic kit is based on Dragon’s leading kit of the Panzer IV Ausf.A (item No.6747). This particular variant has been created by supplying the relevant additional armor plates that fit onto the front end of the tank. Indeed, the kit has been up-armored in precisely the same way as the original was! Additionally, the front inspection hatches have been newly made by photo-etched parts with different details compared to the previously provided ones. The tank comes with early-style 38cm DS Tracks to make sure they’re easy to assemble. This kit offers greater protection to the crew…and more variety for the modeler!

1:35 Battle of Smolensk & Roslavl 1941

SKU: 500776791

Article number: 500776791 Product: 1/35 Battle of Smolensk & Roslavl 1941

Dragon already utilizes high-tech engineering processes to create its kits, but now the newest-generation technology is influencing – and improving – its 1/35 scale range of figures. So just what is this newest technological leap forward? It’s figure sets that are wholly designed using computers. In other words, no master figure is produced or needed. From initial design through to final tooling using advanced computer programs, 100% of the detail is retained in the computer files. Indeed, the results are evident in Dragon’s newest set of 1/35 scale German infantry. There are three figures in this new set depicting soldiers fighting in the Battle of Smolensk and Roslavl in 1941. After enormous success during the invasion of Russia, German forces were delayed at Smolensk from 10 July to 10 September 1941. Although a Russian counterattack there failed, this defensive battle was critical to Russia as it slowed the German advance and made reaching Moscow that much more difficult.

The poses of these three soldiers are designed to be universally versatile. The trio is standing in relatively relaxed poses. A close examination of these molded plastic figures reveals how impeccable all the computer-generated detail is. Whether it’s their faces, hands, uniforms or belts, these figures are truly full of intricate detail. To make this first such figure set even more appealing, the box includes a number of BONUS accessories made of DS materials. These are all bonus items in addition to the hi-tech figures themselves. While these German soldiers might be just standing around, the technology that Dragon used to create them has leapt forward by a generation!
 

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV L/70(A) Final Production

SKU: 500776784

Article number: 500776784 Product: 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV L/70(A) Final Production

Germany produced a number of tank destroyers in an effort to resist the tide of armor pushing against it from all sides. One of these designs was the Panzer IV/70(A). As indicated by its name, this vehicle was based on an unchanged Panzer IV chassis (specifically an Ausf.J) and it was produced by Alkett as an interim design. A total of 278 tank-killer vehicles were produced concurrently with the more common Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) from August 1944 to March 1945. A long-barreled 7.5cm PaK 42 gun was mounted in the superstructure. The nose-heavy attitude of the vehicle dictated that the first four road wheels be steel-rimmed, while the vertical lower sides of the superstructure visually distinguish this type from the Jagdpanzer IV/70(V).

Dragon has created another 1/35 scale version of this important tank destroyer. It’s based on Item No.6689, itself based on Dragon’s Panzer IV Smart Kit family. This newest Pz.Kpfw.IV/70(A) family member is a Late-Production type, and the major difference is that it possesses a modified hull derived from a later-production series of the Panzer IV. The suspension features three return rollers per side, plus there are other detail differences appropriate to a Late-Production vehicle. As a Smart Kit, there’s a one-piece lower hull, convenient Magic Tracks and the fighting compartment is made by slide molds so no multipart assembly is necessary. There are Schurzen side skirts and of special interest is the mounted MP44 Vorsatz "P", a weapon with a curved barrel to protect blind-spots not covered by the mounted MG42 machine gun. The gun breech is fully represented, and it can be viewed through the open roof hatches. Welcome to the new family addition!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Kpfw.IV L/70(A) Final Production (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

1:35 Operation Marita, Greece 1941

SKU: 500776783

Article number: 500776783 Product: 1:35 Operation Marita, Greece 1941

On 6 April 1941, Germany invaded the nation of Greece. It was forced to do so by the failure of the earlier Italian invasion to conquer Greece in October 1940. The Germans codenamed this invasion Operation Marita. When the German assault kicked off, most Greek troops were on the Albanian border fighting the Italians. Therefore, the German second front striking from Bulgaria immediately put Greek forces, as well as a small contingent of British Commonwealth troops, on the back foot. Greek forces on the Albanian border were quickly outflanked, forcing their surrender, while Commonwealth troops performed a tactical retreat with an eye to evacuation. Athens fell on 27 April within three weeks of the campaign beginning. Operation Marita ended three days later with the complete conquest of the Greek mainland.

Dragon has released a new 1/35 scale figure set depicting German soldiers during Operation Marita in 1941. The four newly tooled figures are beautifully sculpted in lifelike poses. To illustrate their practicality for a range of settings, their uniforms show interesting variety such as NCO breeches and a tank commander’s jacket. Even the badges on their jackets are sharply molded. These four German soldiers will fit admirably in a figure or vehicle diorama depicting the Greek campaign, and in fact they’re versatile enough to fit any theater of that period of WWII. The Greek campaign is little covered by model figures, so this set is an invaluable addition for the modeler’s repertoire.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Operation Marita, Greece 1941 in scale 1:35

1:35 IJA Type 95 HA-GO Light Tank

SKU: 500776770

Article number: 500776770 Product: 1:35 IJA Type 95 HA-GO Light Tank

When Dragon introduced its new 1/35 scale gem of a Type 95 "Ha-Go" light tank of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA), it garnered great excitement in the modeling fraternity in 2012. Based on actual measurements from surviving tanks, that particular kit (Item No.6767) represented an Early-Production variant of this small tank. Now Dragon has released another Type 95 plastic kit, this time depicting one with Late-Production features. The Type 95 tank was used in combat against China and Russia, as well as fully participating in Japanese operations in WWII. Weighing just 7.4 tonnes, it was designed primarily as an infantry support weapon. Indeed, it was the most common light tank used by the IJA in the Pacific, with about 2,300 units manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It had a crew of three, and the main armament was a Type 94 37mm gun. Its maximum speed was 45km/h.

The kit has received many new parts so it can accurately depict a Late-Production "Ha-Go". They include a new cupola on the turret, and rounded front fenders (the Early-Production type’s fenders were flat and squarely cut off). The frontal armor and glacis plate are suitably modified too, plus the towing hook on the front is new. Meanwhile, the turret and one-piece upper hull and lower hull remain unchanged. They’re still brimming with detail thanks to the widespread use of slide molds. In fact, every single sprue in the kit employs slide molds, which is an astounding achievement! The road wheels, idlers, sprockets and return rollers are slide-molded, whilst the DS slide-molded track links are accurately replicated in miniature so as to incorporate side details. The "Ha-Go" was used in diverse battlefield locations, so modelers can really go to town by producing any scenario such as jungle-clad terrain or a Pacific tropical island!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model IJA Type 95 HA-GO Light Tank Late Prod. (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

1:35 Armored 1/4TON 4x4 Truck w/Bazooka

SKU: 500776748

Article number: 500776748 Product: 1/4-Ton 4x4 Armored Truck w/Bazooka

The military vehicle known in official US nomenclature as Truck, 1/4 Ton, 4x4, is probably the world’s most famous design in its class. This iconic WWII vehicle was produced from 1941-45, with more than 634,000 rolling off American production lines. They faithfully served not only the US military, but also allies like the UK, France and Russia. These small 4x4 vehicles were employed in numerous battlefield tasks, with one role being that of reconnaissance and scouting. Some vehicles involved in such missions were fitted with steel plates to better protect the occupants, and early efforts soon led to the fitting of specially designed armor kits.

Followed on from a very popular earlier release (Item No.6714), Dragon has produced another exciting 1/35 scale kit of a 1/4-Ton Armored 4x4 Truck. The difference this time around is that it carries two bazookas instead of the original kit’s .50-cal machine gun. The twin bazookas are fitted on a pintle mount that’s newly tooled especially for this release. Such an improvised weapon installation was observed on scout jeeps during the Battle of the Bulge, for example. The vehicle features a solid one-piece body tub for accurate assembly and alignment. Under the hood is an extremely realistic-looking engine that assembles from multiple parts; it can be shown off if the modeler chooses to model the hood up. Atop the hood, the windscreen is depicted wrapped in a canvas cover. The new armor plates are rendered in photo-etched metal to give a true-to-scale appearance, while other metal components provide items such as tool mounting brackets, hood retainers and various straps. All in all, this is one extremely potent little vehicle!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Armored 1/4TON 4x4Truck mit Bazooka (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

1:35 3.7cm FLAK 43 FLAKPANZER IV Ostwind

SKU: 500776746

Article number: 500776746 Product: 1:35 3.7cm FLAK 43 Flakpanzer IV Ostwind

With Allied aircraft increasingly dominating the skies over Europe as WWII progressed, there was a need for more effective self-propelled antiaircraft guns. One solution was the Flakpanzer IV/3.7cm Flak, a vehicle nicknamed Ostwind, or "East Wind" by the Germans. In August 1944 an order was placed for 100 Ostwind vehicles, with this vehicle featuring a more capable 3.7cm FlaK43 cannon mounted inside a hexagonal turret. The turret was open-topped to allow fumes to dissipate. The turret rotated 360º, and the quick-firing gun could be used with equal devastation against both air and ground targets. A crew of six operated the 25-tonne Ostwind, and a total of 43 such weapons were produced mostly on rebuilt Panzer IV tank chassis.

Dragon has produced a fantastic 1/35 scale plastic kit of the Flakpanzer IV Ostwind. Owing to the turret being open-topped, all the relevant details on the gun and inside the turret are well represented. The cannon is particularly well defined and the barrel can be posed in any one of several different angles depending on whether the modeler has an aerial or ground target in view. The hull also carries a readymade Zimmerit coating that is masterfully represented. Inside the box, modelers will find many slide-molded plastic components. This latest kit from Dragon allows modelers to create the Flakpanzer IV Ostwind that was used by Flugabwehrzug (antiaircraft platoons) to protect units from marauding aircraft late in the war.

1:35 French Infantry (Sedan 1940)

SKU: 500776738

Article number: 500776738 Product: 1/35 Franz. Infanterie (Sedan 1940)

On 10 May 1940, Germany launched its long-awaited attack in Western Europe, driving through Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. However, this was a diversion, for Army Group A - and its 1,753 tanks - was ready to slice through the lightly defended Ardennes. XIX. Panzerkorps, under the command of Heinz Guderian, emerged at Sedan on the Meuse River, and the capture of this city would allow German forces to advance deep into the undefended interior of France and to encircle British forces in Belgium. The Battle of Sedan took place from 12-15 May. The city was quickly taken, and demoralized French forces on the west bank of the Meuse were unable to mount a coherent defense or to launch successful counterattacks. The Battle of Sedan was thus instrumental in the total defeat of France shortly thereafter.

Dragon is releasing a 1/35 scale figure set depicting this battle. The four soldiers are French infantrymen, making this Dragon’s first WWII French infantry subject! The set depicts four Frenchmen defending their positions on the outskirts of Sedan. They wear typical uniforms of the day, and carry suitable weapons such as the Fusil mitrailleur modèle 1924 M29 (FM 24/29) light machine gun, plus MAS Modèle 36 rifles. One of the officers is even smoking a pipe, giving this figure a nice touch of character. The poses are well designed, and their molding is sharp and realistic. This first-ever French figure set will undoubtedly inspire modelers’ imaginations and open up a plethora of WWII diorama opportunities.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model French Infantry (Sedan 1940) in scale 1:35

1:35 Operation Typhoon 1941

SKU: 500776735

Article number: 500776735 Product: 1/35 Operation Typhoon 1941

Germany launched its massive invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, with the aim of destroying the country’s military, political apparatus and capturing its territory. The attack met with early success, and Axis forces advanced deep into Russia. Operation Typhoon was Germany’s strategic offensive to capture the capital Moscow, Russia’s political center. The operation consisted of two pincers north and south of Moscow by panzer groups, as well as a large force moving west directly against the city. However, German forces, confronted by stretched supply lines, the debilitating onset of winter and stiffening resistance, finally stalled on Moscow’s outskirts. This bitter fighting took place between October 1941 and January 1942 before Soviet counteroffensives turned the tide. The fighting around Moscow incurred some one million casualties, and it represented the first German retreat from which it would never recover. Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale figure set portrays German soldiers from Operation Typhoon. The figures are bundled up against the freezing cold winter weather that made conditions even more hazardous. Typical of the period, and Germany’s ill-preparedness for winter warfare, the four soldiers are wearing a wide range of clothing. A general has a sheepskin coat on, attire that’s rarely produced in 1/35 scale. The poses are extremely vivid, and one can almost feel the cold seeping through their clothing and the snow flurries blowing against them. These well-sculpted figures could be used individually in a vignette, or grouped together in a winter scene. This was the first severe winter that German troops encountered, and this set perfectly conveys the grueling nature of the ultimately unsuccessful Operation Typhoon.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Operation Typhoon 1941 in scale 1:35

1:35 Ardelt-Rheinmetall 8.8cm PaK 43

SKU: 500776728

Article number: 500776728 Product: 1:35 Ardelt-Rheinmetall 8.8cm PaK 43

At the recent Nuremberg Toy Fair, Dragon excited modelers with a tantalizing look at a new 1/35 scale model. The upcoming kit represents a German design that reached only prototype status, but which is a fascinating subject nonetheless. The vehicle is the Ardelt-Rheinmetall 8.8cm PaK 43 Waffenträger. The conceptual idea behind this weapon system was a self-propelled mount for the powerful but heavy 8.8cm antitank gun, as towed versions of this gun were too unwieldy for crews to move readily. Ardelt and Rheinmetall combined to build the first prototype and tests were conducted on this Ardelt I. The vehicle’s engine was fitted at the front of the hull, which permitted the main armament – an 8.8cm L/71 cannon – to be fitted on the rear. It utilized a 38(t) chassis with four road wheels per side. An improved prototype (Ardelt II) was later produced by Ardelt and Krupp, but the end of the war intervened before production got off the ground.

Dragon’s kit represents the original Ardelt-Rheinmetall prototype, and it’s a scintillating subject in 1/35 scale. To suit the prototypical nature of the Waffenträger, the plastic model employs brand new upper-hull and lower-hull components. The open-top fighting compartment is filled with details, and the armor plates surrounding it have been carefully manufactured to achieve the correct scale thickness. Taking center stage, of course, is the massive 8.8cm PaK 43 antitank gun. This weapon is fully reproduced from the tip of its muzzle brake to the breech. All in all, Dragon offers modelers the highest-quality kit of this novel Waffenträger.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Ardelt-Rheinmetall 8.8cm PaK 43 Waffenträger (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

1:35 Sd.Kfz.10/4 f.2cm FlaK 30 1940 Prod

SKU: 500776711

Article number: 500776711 Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz.10/4 f.2cm FlaK 30 1940 Prod.

Germany fielded a wide range of halftracks during WWII. The Sd.Kfz.10, one of the lighter types, was conceived as a prime mover for small towed guns such as the 3.7cm PaK 36. Measuring 4.5m long and weighing 4.9 tonnes, this Demag-designed vehicle had a 1-ton payload capacity. Around 14,000 Sd.Kfz.10 halftracks were built from 1938-45. Several specialist vehicles were based on this halftrack design, among them the Sd.Kfz.10/4. This type had a platform on the rear for carrying an antiaircraft 2cm FlaK 30 cannon. The purpose-built platform had fold-down sides and rear for the seven-man crew to serve and traverse the weapon. The Sd.Kfz.10/4 was used by both the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe, and it commonly pulled a two-wheel trailer containing ammunition.

Dragon has now expanded the family with an Sd.Kfz.10/4 towing the standard ammo trailer. The kit’s fully detailed, and even hidden internal components like the engine and gearbox are provided. Upgraded road wheels and Magic Tracks have resulted in a spectacular halftrack/trailer combination. Moreover the kit comes with an array of NEW parts like the loading ramps which can be either assembled for dismounting the gun in the rear or put in front of the vehicle. Besides, it receives new handle on both sides. Designed to hit low-flying Allied aircraft, and with plenty of spare ammo available in the trailer, this vehicle will also be a hit with modelers!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Sd.Kfz.10/4 für 2cm FlaK 30 1940 Production w/Ammo Trailer (Smart Kit) in scale 1:35

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.181 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E TigerI

SKU: 500776624

Article number: 500776624 Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz.181 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E TigerI

The Tiger I is an iconic tank of WWII, and its legendary status extends well beyond the limited number of 1,355 that were built. Armed with an 8.8cm KwK.36 main gun and a pair of MG34 machine guns, this massive tank was fortified with armor up to 110mm thick. Dragon has already launched 1/35 scale kits of the famous and formidable Tiger I tank with molded-on Zimmerit, and these were welcomed with open arms by modelers since it saved hours of labor and offered an instant solution to the problem of accurately portraying this unique German anti-magnetic paste. Dragon has added a spectacular new kit to this big cat’s Zimmerit family, a Tiger I Mid-Production. Most obvious is the stunning new box top art lavishly produced by Mr. Ohnishi, a famous military illustrator from Japan.

This new Tiger I expands upon the amazingly detailed parts available in older kit. There are brand new parts such as an antenna on the turret side and new engine deck hatch. The full coating of Zimmerit on the hull and turret is reproduced to an extremely high quality in terms of the pattern and scale effect. To ease assembly, the tank includes convenient DS tracks as well. This is truly a masterpiece that blends computerized technology with the touch of a skilled sculptor. Dragon can confidently say it’s the highest-quality Tiger I available on the market. And with such a beautifully painted box top by Mr. Ohnishi, a famous military illustrator in Japan, this is a must-have for Tiger connoisseurs!
 

1:35 Pz.IV Ausf.H w/Zimmerit Mid Prod.HJ

SKU: 500776611

Article number: 500776611 Product: 1:35 Pz.IV Ausf.H Mid Prod. w/Zimmerit

Dragon offers a complete lineup of the popular Panzer IV family tree in 1/35 scale. Now it is time to fill in a gap with this special variant! It’s an Ausf.H Mid-Production, and it specifically represents a vehicle fighting in Normandy in 1944. One unit to field the Panzer IV H was the 12th Panzer Hitlerjugend Division, with the formation’s combat debut occurring on 7 June 1944 as German forces began a ferocious defense of Caen in the Normandy area against Canadian and British units. It was one of the closest divisions to the landing beaches. When the German division eventually escaped the Falaise pocket, it had lost 42% of its personnel and 94% of its armor.

This 1/35 scale plastic kit features a number of newly tooled parts, one example being the turret side skirts that have their own layer of readymade Zimmerit. Also brand new is the frontal armor plate containing the steering-brake hatches. This too bears a coating of Zimmerit, which is beautifully sculpted and looks extremely authentic. The inclusion of Zimmerit on this kit is certainly a highlight, as it saves modelers from the time-consuming task of recreating the texture themselves. The box comes with a generous selection of Cartograf decals, all of which cover those panzer divisions operational in Normandy, including the Hitlerjugend and 2nd Panzer Divisions. For those model-makers recreating a scene from Normandy, this is the perfect foundation on which to base it!
 

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