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1:35 IDF M3 Halftrack Nord SS.11 A-T MC

SKU: 500773579

1:35 IDF Magach 3 w/ERA

SKU: 500773578

Article number: 500773578 Product: 1:35 IDF Magach 3 w/ERA

After previously releasing a Magach 1/2 tank, We proceeded to offer a Magach 3 as part of our Six-Day War series. Now yet another kit is available, a Magach 3 fitted with explosive reactive armor (ERA). Combat experience revealed the vulnerability of Israeli tanks to anti-tank guided missiles like the Soviet AT-3 Sagger, as well as to RPG-7s. It was clear that better protection was required, and Rafael developed the Blazer add-on ERA for several tank types. Blazer consisted of modular protective elements that contained inserts filled with an explosive compound to disrupt incoming HEAT projectiles. Blazer, a first-generation ERA, typically added about 1 ton to the Magach 3’s weight.

This 1/35 scale kit inherits excellent features from existing Magach 3 model, but it has been suitably modified to represent an IDF version fitted with ERA. This means the tank has a completely new and appealing look compared to the standard Magach 3. The ERA blocks on the hull and the turret are accurately replicated. There are other brand new parts too. For example, there is a new machine gun with ammunition box and a new commander’s cupola. Additionally, there’s a generous selection of photo-etched parts for delicate elements such as tool brackets and tow cable brackets, plus the tank uses one-piece tracks made from DS for added convenience. The 105mm main gun’s weatherproof mantlet cover is also made from DS to ensure maximum realism. This is an incredibly detailed kit of the Magach 3, and the ERA suite provides a fascinating look for this Israeli tank.
 

1:35 Egyptian Sherman

SKU: 500773570

Article number: 500773570 Product: 1/35 Egyptian Sherman

We already announced Magach 1/2 kit, Magach 3 used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Now it’s time to unveil the first of the IDF’s opponents, and this honor has fallen on an Egyptian Sherman tank. What is special about this tank is the fitment of an FL-10 turret onto a Sherman. Recognizing the limitations of the Sherman’s original 75mm gun, FL-10 turrets were taken from French-built AMX-13 light tanks. This turret with its autoloader allowed the crew to reduce from five to four men. The Shermans also featured diesel engines retrieved from M4A2s. These unique tanks were introduced into Egyptian service in the mid-1950s. However, a great many were destroyed or captured in the Six-Day War by Israel. Postwar evaluations by Israel showed that such special Sherman was similar in capability to its own M51 Isherman.

This 1/35 scale kit is based on Dragon’s excellent Sherman tooling. It thus has crisp details, a high degree of accuracy and very easy-to-assemble DS tracks. To this chassis has been added a brand new turret created especially for this hybrid vehicle. The complex shape of the FL-10 turret from the AMX-13 is extremely well reproduced. Indeed, the oscillating turret of the original FL-10 was basically made of two hinged parts, whereby elevation and recoil were achieved by the upper part moving relative to the lower part. Dragon has captured the turret shape perfectly. For Sherman fans this is a most unusual and desirable tank. And for fans of Middle East conflicts, this Egyptian Sherman is an ideal model to add to any collection!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Egyptian Sherman in scale 1:35

1:35 IDF M3 Half Track

SKU: 500773569

Article number: 500773569 Product: 1/35 IDF M3 Half Track

The decisive Six-Day War fought between Israel and its neighbors will achieve its 50th anniversary next year. Between now and then, Dragon is releasing a series of 1/35 scale kits highlighting equipment that was critical to that famous Middle East conflict. Here comes another Israeli vehicle. It’s an M3 halftrack, a type used widely by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at that time. American production of the M3 ran into the thousands, and after WWII many nations sold off their stocks to countries like Israel. The M3 in IDF service was an important vehicle for mechanized infantry, it being a forerunner to proper armored personnel carriers like the M113 that Israel later fielded in large numbers.

This 1/35 scale kit inherits the excellent foundational features of Dragon’s model of a WWII American M3 halftrack. However, it has been suitably modified to represent an Israeli M3 in the period of the Six-Day War. For example, there is a new machine gun mount above the front windscreen armor. A typical characteristic of Israeli halftracks was the mass of backpacks and kit stowed on and dangling off the sides of vehicles. This flurry of equipment is perfectly captured with a range of kit accessories made from DS, the ideal material to make such items from. This is a highly detailed and realistic model of an M3 halftrack fighting during the bitterly contested Six-Day War. Indeed, because such halftracks were used long before and after the 1967 conflict, this kit offers enormous modeling versatility too. It will definitely benefit any collection and will whet modelers appetites for even more Israeli subjects from Dragon’s Six-Day War collection!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model IDF M3 Half Track in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 IDF Magach 3

SKU: 500773567

Article number: 500773567 Product: 1/35 IDF Magach 3

Dragon continues to focus on the fascinating world of Israeli vehicles in its 1/35 scale kit range. After previously releasing its very first 2-in-1 kit depicting a Magach 1 / Magach 2 tank as used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Dragon is now able to offer a Magach 3 as part of its exciting Six-Day War series. A whole range of Magachs based on both the M48 and M60 were introduced. The Magach 3 was a modernized M48A1/A2C/A3 tank. Among the improvements were fitting of a British L7 105mm main gun (instead of the original 90mm gun), upgraded communications, a 750hp Continental AVDS-1790-2A diesel engine coupled to an Allison CD-850-6 automatic transmission, and a low-profile commander’s cupola.

This 1/35 scale kit inherits many of the excellent features of Dragon’s existing M48 model, but it has been suitably modified to represent a Magach 3 tank serving in the IDF. It incoporates 105mm main gun and the mantlet with its weatherproof cover made from DS to ensure maximum realism. The accurately shaped turret has subtle texture and embossed casting numbers. It also includes metal tow cables metal wire with new photo-etched brackets. Additionally, there’s a generous selection of photo-etched parts for delicate elements, plus the tank uses one-piece tracks made from DS for added convenience. This is an incredibly detailed kit of the Israeli Magach 3 tank and, thanks to its combination of high quality and ease of construction, it is a most welcome entry into Dragon’s Six-Day War collection.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model IDF Magach 3 in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 M60A2 Starship

SKU: 500773562

1:32 P-51K Mustang w/4.5-Inch M10 Rocket

SKU: 500773224

Article number: 500773224 Product: 1:32 P-51K Mustang w/4.5-Inch M10 Rocket

NEW TOOLED M10 ROCKET LAUNCHER NEW TOOLED PROPELLER NEW TOOLED CANOPY

Aviation modelers have been waiting a long time for Dragon to release another fantastic model of the famous P-51 Mustang. At last the wait is over! Dragon’s new kit is a 1/32 scale kit of the P-51K. The American P-51 Mustang entered service midway through WWII and became a hugely successful and recognizable fighter. Most were employed as bomber escorts in the European theater, with the definitive and most widely produced version being the P-51D. The P-51K was essentially a P-51D with a different propeller, an Aeroproducts four-blade 11’-diameter hollow steel propeller. These propellers had a different blade shape to the more common Hamilton Standard, though they weren’t as reliable. Some 1,500 P-51K fighters were manufactured in Dallas. The P-51D and K arrived in Europe in mid-1944 and they quickly became the primary fighter of the US Army Air Force (USAAF).

Following Dragon’s earlier releases of 1/32 scale P-51D Mustang kits is this long-awaited P-51K variant. The kit features a brand new canopy and, obviously, a new propeller. To increase its attractiveness even further, the fighter is fitted with brand new 4.5-inch M10 rocket launchers. This three-tube M10 rocket launcher allowed the Mustang to terrorize German forces and vehicles on the ground in Northwest Europe, for example. As before, this kit is highly detailed using state-of-the-art engineering and molding techniques. No effort has been spared in producing a kit brimming with detail, and yet it’s one that remains easy to assemble. Cartograf has provided a series of outstanding decal markings, all that modelers will need to finish off Dragon’s latest 1/32 Mustang family member.

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1:32 BF110D-1/R1 Dackelbauch

SKU: 500773207

One of Germany’s famous fighters of WWII was the Messerschmitt Bf110, a twin-engine heavy fighter (Zerstörer or "destroyer" in German) that later developed into a fighter-bomber and then into the Luftwaffe’s principal night fighter. The Bf110C was the first major series-production version of this aircraft, and an effort to increase its range resulted in the Bf110D Langstrecken ("long-range") Zerstörer. This extended-range version based on the Bf110C was fitted with external fuel tanks (e.g. 900-liter under-wing tanks or the Dackelbauch tank, the latter occasionally subject to mysterious mid-air explosions because of insufficiently vented and volatile fuel/air mixes!). The Bf110D was fielded in time to participate in the Norwegian Campaign against British and French forces in the far north of the country. Later, many aircraft were stationed in Norway so as to perform anti-shipping missions and conduct long-range raids against the north of the United Kingdom. The specific Bf110D-1/R-1, the first long-range variant, entered service in May 1940. However, its massive 1200-liter external belly Dackelbauch tank adversely affected the aircraft’s maneuverability.

Dragon has released a 1/32 scale model kit of the Bf110D-1/R-1, which follows hot on the tail of the Bf110C-7 (Item No. 3203) with its impressive level of detail and metal-skinned pattern. This kit features the characteristic Dackelbauch fuel tank, which is naturally newly tooled and possesses a unique ribbed appearance. Aircraft modelers seeking a distinctive aircraft will find this variant with its huge ventral fuel tank just the answer! The fuselage has also been correctly extended at the rear. The undercarriage can be displayed retracted or deployed, while photo-etched seatbelts add a high degree of finesse to the finished product. This new aircraft model is accurate, contains an ultimate level of detail and is easy to assemble. Interestingly, the nickname Dackelbauch means "Daschund belly" so this Bf110D will certainly get modelers’ tails wagging!<BR

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:350 German Z-32 Destroyer (Smart Kit)

SKU: 500771065

Article number: 500771065 Product: 1:350 Deutsch.Zerstörer Z-32 (Smart Kit)

Germany produced 15 Zerstörer 1936A-class destroyers. They were actually closer in size to a light cruiser than a destroyer, and notably they were known only by their hull numbers and didn’t receive any names. The 3,597-ton Z32 was laid down at the DeSchiMAG shipyard in Bremen on 1 November 1940, before being commissioned on 15 September 1942. Z32 and two accompanying ships were ordered to sail to Brest soon after the D-Day landings. The Allies intercepted the radio order and Canadian Beaufighters were dispatched to attack the ships steaming through the Bay of Biscay. Z32 was slightly damaged but reached Brest, before departing again for Cherbourg. During a major naval engagement, she was damaged by the Canadian ships HMCS Haida and HMCS Huron in the Battle of Ushant on 9 June 1944, off the coast of Brittany. She was destroyed by air attack after beaching herself on the coast.

Dragon has earlier offered 1/350 scale kits of the Z31, Z38 and Z39 destroyers, and the trio is now being joined by their sister, Z32. This new kit comes with a brand new hull (which can be assembled as a full-hull or waterline-hull kit) beautifully created by slide mold. This hull includes degaussing cables, which were added to ships to reduce their magnetic field and so reduce the risk from magnetic torpedoes and mines. As with Dragon’s other Z-series destroyers, this kit is produced with the highest levels of engineering excellence, and its makes sensible use of other elements from these kits. A comprehensive selection of photo-etched parts is available to upgrade the sophisticated plastic components too. This is a stunning kit of another Kriegsmarine warship, one that had an interesting combat experience.

Detailed Plastic Kit

1:350 German Battleship Scharnhorst

SKU: 500771040

Article number: 500771040 Product: 1:350 German Battleship Scharnhorst

An appropriate accessory included in this kit is a comprehensive set of 1/350 scale crewmen. Although the figures might be small, they are highly detailed and true to scale. These plastic-injected crewmen far surpass similarly scaled two-dimensional photo-etched figures. Built to a high standard, figures comprise a gun crew for a 15cm gun turret. Other well-posed figures include the captain standing on the bridge, and another crewman climbing a ladder. When these figures are added to the giant battleship, they lend an air of realism and give a true sense of scale to this great German warship.

Dragon is proud to announce its most stunning ship kit ever – a 1/350 scale rendition of the famous German battleship Scharnhorst! The 31,500-ton Scharnhorst was commissioned on January 7 1939, and it often operated in partnership with its sister ship, Gneisenau. Buoyed by a top speed of 31.5 knots, this battleship wreaked havoc on Allied shipping with its nine 11-inch guns. It was involved in the invasion of Norway in 1940, during which it sank the British carrier HMS Glorious. In early 1941 the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau broke out into the Atlantic to lay siege to Allied shipping lanes. On December 25 1943, the Scharnhorst and accompanying destroyers put to sea to interdict Arctic convoys heading to Russia. However, aware of German plans, the British intercepted the Scharnhorst with a Royal Navy battleship, cruisers and destroyers. Reeling under multiple salvos of 2195 shells and 55 torpedoes, the Scharnhorst finally succumbed to its mortal wounds at 1945 hours on December 26. Of the 1968 crewmen aboard, only 36 survived. As an interesting footnote, the wreck of the Scharnhorst was discovered off North Cape in northern Norway in 2000.

Dragon’s project to create a 1/350 scale kit of the Scharnhorst was a mammoth undertaking. The result of 18 months of intensive labor, the impressively sized kit is Dragon’s first ever battleship in this scal

Detaillierter Plastikmodellbausatz des Modells German Battleship Scharnhorst im Maßstab 1:350 . * Ersatz für 500771036 *

1:350 U.S.S. Kidd DDG-993

SKU: 500771014

Article number: 500771014 Product: 1/350 U.S.S. Kidd DDG-993

The U.S.S. Kidd (DDG-993) was commissioned on March 27th 1981. The four destroyers of the Kidd class were originally built for the Shah of Iran, and were acquired by the US Navy following the Shah's overthrow in 1979. The US Navy acquired them in 1981 and 1982 after they were canceled by the succeeding Iranian government. For this reason they are often referred to as the "Ayatollah class".

Built for action in the Persian Gulf, these ships are oriented for general purpose operations rather than specialized anti-submarine war. The most formidable warship of her size ever to patrol the world's oceans, blending the best features of the SPRUANCE Class destroyers with the combat system of the VIRGINIA Class nuclear cruisers to produce a ship with unique characteristics:

A ship so quiet, and an ASW system so capable, that she operates offensively against submarines.

The most sophisticated medium-range AAW systems in the Fleet, quick-reacting and highly accurate, with the capability for today's air defense environment and the growth potential for tomorrow's.

An exceptionally reliable and responsive engineering plant.

A deadly surface-to-surface weapons capability.

These characteristics make KIDD a triple-threat, one of the few truly multi-mission ships, able to operate offensively, to deal with simultaneous air, surface, and sub-surface attacks. After over 16 years of service with the U.S. Navy, this ship was decommissioned on March 12th 1988.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model U.S.S. Kidd DDG-993 in scale 1:350

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 T54E1 (Smart Kit) Black Label

SKU: 500733560

Article number: 500733560 Product: 1/35 T54E1 (Smart Kit) Black Label

Dragon’s legendary 1/35 scale range of plastic kits has just benefitted from the arrival of a novel post-WWII American medium tank. The new kit is a T54 (of course, not to be mistaken for the famous Soviet T-54 tank). Development of the type was initiated in 1951, with the T54 representing a series of three prototypes that featured new 105mm-gunned turrets on the existing M48 Patton chassis.

The original T54 had a conventional turret with an autoloader; the T54E1 had an oscillating turret with autoloader, and the T54E2 was conventional with a human loader. It is the second one, the T54E1, which is depicted in this brand new kit. The turret had a nine-round drum autoloader under the 105mm T140E2 gun.

After releasing several successful kits of the M48 Patton tank, Dragon has now turned its attention to the prototypical T54E1. Of course, the kit benefits from the research done on the M48, but the upper hull has actually been completely redone because it bears different details compared to the M48A1. Naturally, the turret is completely new, and the complex shape with both rounded and flat surfaces has been particularly well done. The canvas used to protect the oscillating design of the turret is portrayed in DS so that it accurately mimics the real thing. The T54E1 has been produced with modeling convenience in mind too, with such features as easy-fitting DS tracks. Building on the success of the M48 family, this kit continues to set the bar high in terms of Dragon quality. In terms of novelty, an actual plastic kit of a T54 is something modelers would not have dared dream of either!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model T54E1 (Smart Kit) Black Label in scale 1:35

1:35 MIM-104B Patriot w/M983 HEMTT

SKU: 500733558

Article number: 500733558 Product: 1/35 MIM-104B Patriot w/M983 HEMTT

Black Label is launching its most ambitious project yet in 1/35 scale and, appropriately, it’s a model of a launcher! Item No.3558 depicts a plastic model of the MIM-104B Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system complete with Launching Station mounted on an M860 semi-trailer and its associated M983 HEMTT tractor truck. The Patriot Advanced Capability-1 (PAC-1) was a SAM system with an anti-ballistic missile capacity. The MIM-104B anti-standoff jammer (ASOJ) missile allowed it to seek out electronic countermeasure emitters, and so it was an improvement over its predecessor. The trailer-mounted M901 Launching Station is a self-contained unit from which four MIM-104B missiles in canisters can be fired. The M901 includes all necessary items such as the 15kW Launcher Generator Set, and the Launcher Mechanics Assembly that elevates and rotates the canisters. The M860 semi-trailer is towed by the M983 tractor of the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) family, this being an 8x8 truck fitted with a fifth wheel. The Patriot, which was previously untested in combat, rose to fame during the Gulf War of 1990-91 when its ballistic missile defense function was exercised against Iraqi weapons more than 40 times.

This 1/35 scale Black Label model kit is fantastic in both its ambition and its execution, with the completed model impressive in its size and detail. Dragon’s engineers have created an extremely accurate depiction of this massive combination of truck, trailer and missile launcher. Indeed, modelers can render this model in either transport configuration or in firing mode, making it ideal for a Gulf War diorama, for example. The M901 Launching Station can be posed with the missiles elevated and/or rotated for firing at the correct 38º angle, and with the trailer stabilizers extended. Integral components such as the antenna and generator are all included too, while the vehicle tires are made from DS for extra realism. Detail such as t

Detailed Plastic Kit of model MIM-104B Patriot w/M983 HEMTT in scale 1:35

1:35 StuG.III Ausf.B+Wehrmacht Infantry

SKU: 500729132

Article number: 500729132 Product: 1:35 StuG.III Ausf.B+Wehrmacht Infantry

Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia, was the world’s largest ever military operation both in terms of its scale and the price paid in casualties. On June 22, 1941, more than 4.5 million German and Axis troops attacked Russia along a 2,900km front. As well as these soldiers, the enormous military undertaking involved 600,000 vehicles and 750,000 horses. Barbarossa continued into the winter of December 1941, by which time the attack had faltered at the very gates of Moscow. Russia committed 3.2 million soldiers against the initial assault, and later fed in 5 million further soldiers. One of the armored fighting vehicles that Germany made good use of at that time was the Sturmgeschütz III assault gun. Based on the chassis of the Panzer III tank, this successful vehicle eventually became Germany’s most-produced AFV. One of the StuG.III variants employed during Operation Barbarossa was the Ausf.B, which mounted a short-barreled 7.5cm gun. A total of 300 StuG.III Ausf.B vehicles were built as close-support vehicles for the infantry.

Cyber-Hobby is launching a useful set in its Orange Box line. The box includes a 1/35 scale StuG.III Ausf.B model kit accompanied by a set of four Wehrmacht infantrymen marching across Russia’s vast steppes. The vehicle and soldiers are perfect for depicting the summer timeframe of Operation Barbarossa, a campaign that marks its 70th anniversary this year. Both these items are classic Dragon items. The 1/35 scale figure set has not been available for some time, but the marching figures are as sharply sculpted and well-posed today as they were a decade ago when they were first released. As for the StuG.III kit, it has been upgraded with new Magic Tracks. This economical Orange Box set allows modelers to recreate a typical scene from Operation Barbarossa.

Detailed kit of model: StuG.III Ausf.B + Wehrmacht Infantry (w/Magic Track) in scale 1:35

1:48 Bf110D-3 (WING TECH)

SKU: 500725555

Article number: 50072555 Product: 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf-110 D-3

Dragon’s Master Series of 1:48 Wing Tech kits has received a boost with the launch of a German Bf110D-3 aircraft model. The original Bf110 aircraft built by Messerschmitt was a twin-engine heavy fighter, a type known to Germans as Zerstörer (Destroyer). This aircraft, in a variety of guises, served throughout WWII. Its greatest success was early on in the war, but its innate weakness of a lack of aerial agility was dangerously exposed during the Battle of Britain. The Bf110D, based on the preceding C model, was a Zerstörer specially designed for long-range missions. It came about partly in response to the Norwegian campaign, where the need for a long-range anti-shipping aircraft became apparent. The Bf110D-3 was essentially a long-range shipping patrol aircraft that could carry two drop tanks, either 900 or 300 liters in size. An ETC 500 bomb rack could also be fitted. One other modification was the lengthening of the fuselage in order to fit a two-man life raft in case the Luftwaffe fighter was shot down over the sea.

Dragon’s 1/48 kit of the Bf110D-3 is full of detail comparable to that found on larger 1/32 scale kits. This aircraft model is offered in the Cyber Hobby Green Box range, and it incorporates superb detail. One innovation on this kit is the fact that all the ailerons and rudders can be modeled in different positions according to the modeler’s wishes. Detail on this kit is finely executed, with true-to-scale panel lines carefully represented. All the minute detail inside the two-man cockpit can be easily viewed through the clear plastic canopy. Another addition especially for the Bf110D is the inclusion of wing-mounted fuel drop tanks. Photo-etched metal is the perfect medium for the pilots’ seatbelts, while many plastic parts are made from slide molds. On the machine guns, for example, the barrels are made from slide molds so that the muzzles can be depicted as hollow. This is an extremely well-crafted model, one that slots well

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Bf110D-3 (WING TECH) in scale 1:48

1:72 SD2C-4 Helldiver (Wing Tech)

SKU: 500725103

Article number: 500725103 Product: 1:72 SD2C-4 Helldiver (Wing Tech)

The kit is upgraded with parts that provide options for modelers to choose to assemble one of three models here:

5103 1/72 SB2C-4 Helldiver 5059 1/72 SB2C-3 Helldiver 5115 1/72 A-25-A-5-CS Shrike

Don't miss out!

Cyber-Hobby has added an exciting 1/72 scale model kit to its Golden Wings series. The new item depicts a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, a carrier-based dive-bomber widely used by the US Navy (USN) during WWII. The twin-seat SB2C was roundly criticized for its handling characteristics, range and reliability, but nevertheless it achieved good results in combat after improvements were made during the course of production. It participated in such battles as Rabaul, the Marianas, the Philippines, Taiwan, Iwo Jima, the Ryuku Islands and Okinawa. One of its strengths was the ability to carry a significant amount of munitions, plus it featured an internal bomb bay. Some 7,140 Helldivers were manufactured, but the variant portrayed in this kit is the SB2C-4, numerically the most common type. Introduced in mid-1944, the SB2C-4 incorporated perforated dive flaps and wing racks for eight 5-inch rockets or 1,000lb bombs. More than 2,000 SB2C-4 Helldivers were produced by Curtiss, and it was more successful than earlier variants.

This is in fact the very first 1/72 scale item in Cyber-Hobby’s refined Wing-Tech series, and it broadens the scope of successful 1/32 and 1/48 items already available. As such, the SB2C-4 employs high-tech innovations and widely uses slide molds. This enables excellent levels of detail and easy construction. Panel lines are sharply etched into the plastic components. Furthermore, as a carrier-based aircraft, modelers can choose to show the wings folded or extended according to their preference, plus the landing gear can be displayed either lowered or raised. The cockpit is full of detail as well, all of which can be shown to fullest extent if the canopy is left open. The Helldiver was the l

Detailed Plastic Kit of model SD2C-4 Helldiver (Wing Tech) in scale 1:72

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:72 SB2C-3 Helldiver (Wing-Tech)

SKU: 500725059

Article number: 500725059 Product: 1/72 SB2C-3 Helldiver (Wing-Tech)

Cyber-Hobby previously produced its first ever 1/72 scale model kit in its Golden Wings series, a Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver. The Helldiver was a carrier-based dive-bomber widely used by the US Navy (USN) during WWII. The twin-seat SB2C was roundly criticized for its handling characteristics, range and reliability, but nevertheless it achieved good results in combat after improvements were made during the course of production. It was in the thick of such battles as Rabaul, the Marianas, the Philippines, Taiwan, Iwo Jima, the Ryuku Islands and Okinawa. One of its strengths was the ability to carry a significant amount of munitions, plus it had an internal bomb bay. Some 7,140 Helldivers were manufactured in total. However, Cyber-Hobby is now pleased to be offering a slightly earlier variant of the Helldiver, an SB2C-3. To improve performance, this type had received a 1,900hp R-2600-20 engine and a four-bladed propeller. Some 1,112 SB2C-3 Helldivers were produced by Curtiss.

Of course, this is just the second 1/72 scale kit in Cyber-Hobby’s refined Wing-Tech series. The SB2C-3 employs high-tech innovations and widely uses slide molds to enable excellent levels of detail and easy construction. Panel lines are sharply etched into the plastic, and a bomb payload is on offer too. Furthermore, as a carrier-based aircraft, modelers can choose to show the wings folded or extended according to their preference, plus the landing gear can be displayed either lowered or raised. Brand new dive flaps were created in photo-etched metal to achieve the correct scale thickness. The cockpit is fully detailed as well. The Helldiver was the last dive-bomber operated by the USN and now, thanks to Cyber-Hobby, modelers can get a slice of Pacific war action!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model SB2C-3 Helldiver (Wing-Tech) in scale 1:72

1:6 Pz. Kpfw. II Ausf. C

SKU: 500075045

Article number: 500075045 Product: 1:6 Pz. Kpfw. II Ausf. C

The first ever tank in Dragon’s 1/6 scale plastic kit lineup was the Panzer II Ausf.B (Item No.75025), which created worldwide excitement amongst the modeling and 1/6 action figure community! Now Dragon has doubled the number of Panzer IIs available because it is releasing a second variant! This time it’s a Panzer II Ausf.C, a type produced by Germany from June 1938 through till April 1940. It was operated by a crew of three, and the Ausf.C was the most common variant of the Panzer II family. In the turret were a 20mm KwK.30 cannon and a 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. Panzer II Ausf.C tanks were in the forefront of the German invasion of France in 1940, while a number were also dispatched to North Africa to fight with the legendary Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK).

Even though the original tank was diminutive in size, this kit built to 1/6 scale has an awesome presence and it’s one of Dragon’s biggest ever models. Elements are accurately represented, and building in this scale presents a whole new experience for model-makers. Take the track links, for example. Owners can assemble the individual track links one by one, just like on the original tank. Details are accurately represented, and there are numerous new components such as the cupola, turret, glacis plate and engine deck. The turret rotates, the gun elevates and depresses, plus the commander’s hatch can open, just perfect for fitting in a Dragon Action Figure. Collectors will certainly want to clear space to park this scintillating Panzer II Ausf.C!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz. Kpfw. II Ausf. C in scale 1:6

1:6 Soviet Aerosan Rf-8/Gaz-98

SKU: 500075044

Article number: 500075044 Product: 1:6 Soviet Aerosan Rf-8/Gaz-98

Dragon has released a number of large-scale 1/6 models of famous vehicles from WWII, and the newest item is something novel. Because of the harsh winters in the Soviet Union, that country developed and produced many aerosans – a kind of motorized sled – for military purposes. The advantage of these vehicles was that they could cross deep snow-covered ground or frozen lakes/rivers, although they weren’t particularly maneuverable in tight confines. Gorki Narkorechflota developed the small and unarmored RF-8/GAZ-98 aerosan; production commenced in 1942 and about 2,000 were eventually made. Built of aviation plywood, it was powered by a 50hp GAZ-M1 truck engine and featured a 2.35m-diameter metal propeller. The commander/gunner sat in the front of the cockpit with a 7.62mm DT machine gun, while the driver/mechanic sat immediately behind him. The RF-8/GAZ-98 had a top speed of 50km/h.

The new Dragon 1/6 scale model kit shows an exact replica of an RF-8/GAZ-98 aerosan. The structure of this Soviet vehicle from WWII is beautifully produced, including the two-man cockpit (featuring a steering wheel or the driver), propeller, independent coil spring suspension and four skis. This plastic kit fits together with ease, and when finished and painted it would fit into a dramatic snowy vignette. Of course, Soviet figures from Dragon’s 1/6 range could easily fit around (or in) the aerosan to further dramatize the scene!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Soviet Aerosan Rf-8/Gaz-98 in scale 1:6

1:6 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.B

SKU: 500075025

Article number: 500075025 Product: 1:6 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.B

The launch of Dragon’s impressive fully built-up 1/6 scale Panzer II tank created a buzz of attention worldwide. This massive Panzer II was part of Dragon’s 1/6 scale Action Figure collection, and it was significant because it was the first ever tank in the lineup. Now Dragon has followed it up with a separate model kit version of this Panzer II made to the same enormous scale. The result is one of Dragon’s biggest ever model kits! The actual tank variant is a Panzer II Ausf.B, which was produced by Germany from December 1937 through to June 1938. The 8.9-ton tank was a mere 4.81m long, and it was operated by a crew of three. In the turret was a 20mm KwK.30 cannon and a 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. The Panzer II was at the forefront of the German invasion of Poland in 1939, and it also featured in the Blitzkrieg campaign against France and the Low Countries in 1940.

The tank kit is an awesome size in this scale! Elements are accurately represented, and building a model in this scale presents a whole new experience for model-makers. Take the track links, for example. Owners can assemble the individual track links one by one with the provided metal pins, just as occurred on the original tank. Even though the original tank was diminutive in size, this model built to exact 1/6 scale poses a significant presence. Appropriate crew figures from Dragon’s extensive Action Figure range can also be matched with this tank. The turret rotates, the gun elevates and depresses, and in addition, the commander’s hatch in the turret can open to accommodate a tank crewman in the hatch. Modelers will certainly want to clear space on their display shelves to park this scintillating Panzer II Ausf.B model kit!

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.B in scale 1:6

1:6 Schwimmwagen

SKU: 500075013

Article number: 500075013 Product: 1:6 WWII Dt. Schwimmwagen Typ 166

In Dragon’s 1/6 scale range of kits, the very first vehicle – a Kübelwagen (Item No. 75003) – was very warmly received. Its popularity also inspired many to request a Schwimmwagen, which Dragon is now proud to add to the range. This unique amphibious vehicle is chockablock with detail, something that this scale allows to an impressive degree. The model includes an accurately molded rear-mounted propeller, which can be swung from its stowed to its operational position. This means the vehicle can be displayed either traversing land or swimming in water. The steering mechanism is fully workable too. For those connoisseurs of German WWII military vehicles and 1/6 scale models, this Schwimmwagen is set to become an icon itself!

While the American Willys Jeep was one of the most iconic vehicles of WWII, on the German side the Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen (literally "swimming/floating car") is also very famous. In fact, it’s the most widely produced amphibious car in history, with upwards of 15,000 produced from 1941-44! The 4x4 Schwimmwagen features a tub-like body that was necessary in order to render it waterproof, while the engine and mechanicals were taken from the VW Type 86 Kübelwagen. The Type 166 was fitted with a screw propeller on a swinging arm at the rear of the body to give it forward propulsion, while steering in water was accomplished via the front wheels. Weighing only 910kg, the Schwimmwagen could achieve amphibious speeds of up to 11km/h.

Detailed Plastic Kit of model Dt. Schwimmwagen Typ 166 in scale 1:6

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