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Kits 1:35

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

SKU: 500776935

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

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

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

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

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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

SKU: 500776905

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.K

SKU: 500776903

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

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

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

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

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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

SKU: 500776901

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

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

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

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

1:35 Tiger I Mid-Production w/Zimmerit

SKU: 500776888

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

SKU: 500776882

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

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

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

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

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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

SKU: 500776877

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

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

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

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

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

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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

SKU: 500776870

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

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

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

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

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

SKU: 500776858

1:35 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit

SKU: 500776848

1:35 Jagdpanzer IV A-O

SKU: 500776843

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

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

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

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

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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

SKU: 500776835

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

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

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

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

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 T95 Super Heavy Tank

SKU: 500776825

1:35 Panther Ausf. D V2

SKU: 500776822

Article number: 500776822 Product: 1/35 Panther Ausf.D V2

The German Panther was one of the best tanks to see service in WWII, representing an ideal balance of firepower, mobility and protection. Two companies – Daimler-Benz and MAN – submitted design proposals for the new tank type, with the latter’s platform eventually being selected. Two final pre-production prototypes were delivered in November 1942 (V1 and V2), and series production of the sleek-looking Panther tank soon commenced. These had a number of differences compared to the first series production Panther Ausf.D variant, including a 650hp engine (instead of the later 700hp), a 60mm-thick glacis and a ball-shaped muzzle brake.

Dragon is proud to launch its first 1/35 scale kit of the prototypical Panther V2 created by MAN in the autumn of 1942. The kit is logically based on Dragon’s existing Panther family kits, but there are many new parts incorporated into it to reflect the characteristics of this early prototype. These differences include the turret (with curved sides), upper hull, engine deck and road wheels (with 18 rim bolts instead of the later 16). Another example of its differences was that there were no interlocking armor plates on the hull. This Versuchs-Serie FgSt.Nr.2. tank has been intricately replicated in 1/35 scale, drawing upon Dragon’s technical and technological expertise. This Panther V2 kit is thus a welcome addition to the lineage of the Panther family.

Detailed Plastic Kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Pz.Beob.Wg.V Panther 5cm Kw.K.39/1

SKU: 500776821

1:35 Sturmpanzer Ausf.I als Befehlspanz.

SKU: 500776819

Article number: 500776819 Product: 1:35 Sturmpanzer Ausf.I als Befehlspanz.

Dragon has already released 1/35 scale Early-Production and Mid-Production variants of the German Brummbär, an assault infantry vehicle armed with a 15cm StuH.43 L/12 gun. Sixty vehicles rolled off the production line in November-December 1943, and they are easily identified by the lack of a machinegun in the glacis plate. Most of these were based on Panzer IV Ausf.G chassis, and were crewed by four men rather than the five of later vehicles. Dragon has now expanded the family by adding a Command version based on the same Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G chassis.

This special version fitted with extra communications equipment is called the Sturmpanzer Ausf.I als Befehlspanzer. This kit features the zimmerit coating that appeared on all Brummbär vehicles built up till September 1944.

Dragon’s 1/35 scale kit features all the typical characteristics of an Early-Production Brummbär based on the Panzer IV G chassis. Of course, it includes the distinctive star antenna that identifies it as a Befehlspanzer too. The kit also features an extremely realistic-looking zimmerit coating straight from the hands of a master craftsman. The accurate, one-piece fighting compartment is made from a 4-directional slide mold in order to ease construction and save assembly time, as well as ensuring Dragon’s patented zimmerit technique is sharply represented. This is a finely detailed kit, and with the zimmerit already molded on, it amounts to a command performance!

Detailed Plastic Kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 Wittmann's Last Tiger

SKU: 500776800

1:35 Sd.Kfz. 143 Pz. Beob. WG. III

SKU: 500776792

Article number: 500776792 Product: 1:35 Sd.Kfz. 143 Pz. Beob. WG. III

The Panzer III was a medium-weight tank that, at the outbreak of WWII, was designed to be the primary platform of the all-conquering panzer divisions. However, with the advent of more heavily armored and up-gunned enemy tanks, the role of the Panzer III became secondary to that of the Panzer IV and production finally ceased in 1943. A number of specialized variants were created based on standard gun tanks, and one of these was the Panzerbeobachtungswagen III (Sd.Kfz.143). This was a dedicated forward artillery observation tank for Wespe and Hummel artillery batteries. From February 1942 to April 1944, some 262 examples were converted from Ausf.E/F/G hulls. The Pz.Beob.Wg.III featured a dummy main armament and an MG34 machine gun mounted in a Kugelblende (ball mount) in the turret. A crew of five operated the vehicle and it contained powerful radio equipment.

Dragon’s new 1/35 scale Smart Kit accurately depicts this special Panzerbeobachtungswagen III observation tank. It contains a number of new parts, including the revised gun shield (mounting the MG ball mount and dummy gun), and additional armor on the hull front (photo-etched parts) with new associated brackets. The rear hull plate is new too, as is the dummy gun. The new observation periscope on turret top, through which observers spotted artillery fire, is accurately depicted too. This kit allows modelers to fill another gap in the Panzer III family tree with a kit built to Dragon’s highest contemporary standards. Modelers will want to keep a sharp lookout for this Pz.Beob.Wg.III on their model shop shelves!

Smart Kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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 Tiger I Early Prod. (M. Wittmann)

SKU: 500776730

Article number: 500776730 Product: 1/35 Tiger I Early Production (Michael Wittmann)

Full set of Michael Wittmann crew (5 figures) included in first production run as BONUS!

You can't afford to miss it!

Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann was one of Germany’s highest-scoring tank aces of WWII, with the credited destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns. He cut his teeth on the Eastern Front with a StuG.III, and latterly he took command of a Tiger I in time for combat during Operation Citadel at Kursk in July 1943. Dragon has created a magnificent representation of Wittmann’s Tiger I (turret number ‘S04’) with 88 kill marks on barrel. Dragon’s kit appropriately portrays an Early-Production variant, and it forms the important and much-anticipated last piece of Dragon’s exemplary Tiger I family.

This awesome plastic kit made precisely to 1/35 scale shows Wittmann’s Tiger I with 88 kill marks on the lethal 8.8cm gun barrel. These painted barrel rings illustrated the power of the Tiger I as well as the skill of tank ace Wittmann. This brand new kit stems from thorough research and it’s thus accurately designed to represent Wittmann’s ‘S04’ mount. To ensure the absolute highest levels of quality, the majority of components in this special release, like turret, upper hull, engine deck, rear panel, road wheels, spare tracks and etc, are newly tooled and engineered to achieve the engineering level of a Smart Kit, and to provide the unique appearance of this famous Tiger. Morever, a full set of Michael Wittmann's crew is included in first production run as a BONUS!

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model Tiger I Early Prod. (M. Wittmann) in scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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 5cm PaK 38 L/60 auf Fgst.Pz.Kpfw.II

SKU: 500776721

Article number: 500776721 Product: 1/35 5cm PaK 38 L/60 auf Fgst.Pz.Kpfw.II (Sf)

Second item from the German Exotic Beast! Dragon is releasing a finely detailed 1/35 scale kit of an ad hoc wartime vehicle that was fielded by Germany during WWII. It is labeled the 5cm PaK 38 auf Fgst Pz.Kpfw.II, which, as its name suggests, is a Panzer II chassis that mounts a 5cm L/60 anti-tank gun. In this regard it was somewhat similar to the Marder II, which was also a tank destroyer. The 5cm PaK38 auf Pz.Kpfw.II was an expedient solution. It is unclear how many vehicles were thus modified, but it variously employed Panzer II Ausf.A, B or C chassis.

This 1/35 scale kit has a great many new parts to completely represent this tank conversion. For example, the upper hull is new. The appearance of the self-propelled tank destroyer is captured perfectly in miniature, including the new armor panels of the superstructure that are made true to scale. Also new is the gun mount for the 5cm weapon. Large ammunition bin and stowage bin are correctly installed on the engine deck. If a modeler wanted to create this unique and interesting German vehicle, they had to do so from scratch by combining assemblies from several different plastic kits. Now Dragon has done all the work for modelers, creating numerous original parts in the process, and a 5cm PaK38 auf Pz.Kpfw.II can be built accurately straight from the box!

Detailed Plastic Kit of Model 5cm PaK 38 L/60 auf Fgst.Pz.Kpfw.II(Sf) in Scale 1:35

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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 German RSO/1 Tractor

SKU: 500776691

Article number: 500776691 Product: 1:35 German RSO/1 Traktor

Features:

- Newly tooled RSO rendered with fine detail
- Newly tooled cabin captures the complex shape
  accurately, produced using slide-mold technology
- Newly tooled levers and pedals for driver's compartment
  can be assembled in separate parts
- New dash board w/realistic detail
- Side panels and tailgate of brand new cargo deck can
  be shown folded up or down
- Delicate and realistic new engine provided
- Brand new Magic Track
- Curved frame on cargo compartment
- Spare Winterketten tracks w/detailed surfaces on
  side panels
- Cabin produced in separate parts for easy assembly
- Driver's door can be assembled open/closed
- Realistic seats included
- Delicate Notek lamp reproduced
- One-piece chassis and upper hull w/accurate
  thickness and details
- Accurate lower hull
- Fine pattern molded on hull bottom
- Drive sprocket and mountings accurately replicated
- Engine and transmission realistically reproduced
- Detailed suspension included
- Delicate raod wheels
- Separate road wheels w/photo-etched details mounted
  in pairs
- Ammo case is included
- Muffler w/exhaust pipe accurately produced

Dragon has already introduced later variants of the RSO to the modeling fraternity in 1/35 scale, but now comes the most common version of this German prime mover. The acronym RSO stands for Raupenschlepper Ost, which translates as "Caterpillar Tractor East". The terrible muddy and icy conditions experienced on the Eastern Front convinced Germany of the need for a highly mobile, tracked vehicle. Steyr proposed the RSO and it immediately became a popular vehicle thanks to its mobility and reliability. In all, about 23,000 RSO vehicles were produced by a range of manufacturers. The original version had a pressed-steel cab and a typical truck-style cargo bed at the rear. It was powered by a Steyr 85hp V8 engine that offered a top speed of 30km/h.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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 STUG.III Ausf.F/8 Late Production

SKU: 500776644

Article number: 500776644 Product: 1:35 STUG.III Ausf.F/8 Late Prod.

The Sturmgeschütz III (StuG.III) has the distinction of being Germany’s most widely produced AFV of WWII, with 10,619 eventually manufactured. Based on the chassis of the Panzer III, it was cheaper and faster to build since it did not have a rotating turret. Once German troops began encountering heavily armored Russian tanks, the StuG III Ausf.F was fitted with a longer 7.5cm gun. This marked its first true emergence as a tank destroyer. The further modified Ausf.F/8 was produced from September-December 1942, with 250 vehicles built. It featured a 7.5cm StuK L/48 main gun. The "8" designation came about because it was the eighth update to the Panzer III hull. Special features of later Ausf.F/8 vehicles were 30mm bolted-on armor plates.

Dragon has launched a new 1/35 scale kit of a Late Production variant of the StuG.III F/8. Of special note is that this tank destroyer comes equipped with winter tracks. Dragon released a StuG.III G kit several years ago and it was an instant hit with modelers worldwide. This earlier variant is just as accomplished and is destined to achieve the same legendary status. The kit boasts a brand new fighting compartment to accurately portray this vehicle type. In order to reproduce the irregular shape of the roof, it is assembled from several well-fitting parts. Other new parts include the engine deck and fenders. Even the air intake covers are remodeled to better reflect the type fitted on the Ausf.F/8. Based on the amazing new Winterketten tracks, this StuG.III is ready for winter combat. Modelers will note that, even though the same innovative manufacturing technique is used for these winter tracks, a different pattern is apparent here. Ice cleats are also provided in this gripping kit!

Detailed Plastic Kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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 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!
 

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

SKU: 500776592

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

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

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

1:35 Leichte (Funk) Pz. KPFW. I Ausf. A

SKU: 500776591

Article number: 500776591 Product: 1:35 Leichte (Funk) Pz. KPFW. I Ausf. A

Dragon has previously released a variety of superbly detailed 1/35 scale plastic kits of variants from the Panzer I family, including gun tanks and command-and-control vehicles. However, the current kit under consideration depicts a Panzer I Ausf.A (Sd.Kfz.101) especially modified for the important Funk (radio) role in Germany’s new panzer units. A total of 818 Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.A tanks were produced from July 1934 to June 1936, and some were modified into specialist versions in this way. The main change was the replacement of the machine gun-armed turret with a fixed superstructure featuring three vision ports, as well as an antenna for the FuG.2 and FuG.6 radio sets contained inside the hull. There was no machine gun mounted in the hull so it was relatively defenseless. This 5.88-ton vehicle operated by a crew of three was known as the Leichte (Funk) Panzerwagen.

This 1/35 scale Smart Kit builds upon the exquisite detail contained in Dragon’s previous Panzer I models. As to be expected, the superstructure is a brand new part, as is the attached antenna. For customization, this antenna can be depicted at any angle according to the modeler’s wishes. The antenna guard frame on the front right fender is also a brand new element and it’s molded finely to give a scale appearance. The fighting compartment is fully portrayed, including the transmission and radio sets. For greater convenience and speed of assembly, this kit uses Magic Tracks in place of individual track links. There is also a useful amount of photo-etched metal components like the muffler cover and rings for detailing the road wheels. The Leichte (Funk) Pz.IA may be small but it’s most certainly a ‘funky’ model!

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 T-34/76 MOD. 1943 w/Commander Cupol

SKU: 500776584

The T-34, the mainstay tank of the Red Army during WWII, has been described as the most important weapon that helped Russia win the war in the East. It was the most widely produced tank of the war, and as can be expected, a number of variants evolved throughout its lifetime. Dragon has chosen one of its important incarnations as the canvas for its next 1/35 scale plastic kit. The item is a T-34/76 Model 1943 tank built by Factory No.112 in Gorky, a facility also known as Krasnoye Sormovo. This T-34 type featured a 76mm cannon in a hexagonal-shaped turret. The two-man cast turret possessed distinctive soft edges, and it comprised three main pieces – the walls, roof and ring. It was on this turret that a cupola for the commander was finally incorporated in the summer of 1943.

Dragon has done a fine job of replicating in 1/35 scale the characteristics peculiar to this type. The soft-edged turret is a particular feature of the kit, and its cast texture is amazingly realistic. The turret, which comes from completely new toolings, is fitted with the correct cupola for the commander’s use.

This model is simply bulging with detail, and there are photo-etched parts to represent fine elements such as the engine deck grills and louvers that cannot be accurately portrayed in plastic. The original tank operated on rubber-tired road wheels that have been newly tooled just for this kit, and the tank’s also shod in Magic Tracks that assemble quickly and easily. This is an exciting rendition of the T-34/76 Mod.1943 from Gorky!

No. 112 Factory

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:35 German Infantry Barbarossa 1941

SKU: 500776580

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

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

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

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

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

SKU: 500776575

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

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

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

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

1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H Late Production

SKU: 500776560

Article number: 500776560 Product: 1/35 PZ.KPFW.IV Ausf. H Late Production

Features: - Newly tooled one-piece 3-directional slide-molded turret for Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H - New OVM arrangement on fenders - Unique radial Zimmerit pattern replicates that on the real vehicle - Turret roof rendered w/turret-skirt armor brackets - Turret-skirt and side-skirt armor plates can be installed separetely - Gen2 MG34 w/gun mount - Includes hollowed-out undercut on turret bottom - Incorporates toothed turret ring inside turret - Mantlet view port can be modeled open/closed - Commander's cupola recreates structural details - Cupola vision blocks can be assembled open/closed - Brackets for side-skirt armor realistically detailed - Fuel filler flap has open/closed option - Idler wheels have detailed parts - Rear antenna included - One-piece DS tracks - Mantlet guard can be removed and gun unloaded as on real vehincle - Detailed gun muzzle brake - Complete gun assembly w/full detail - Finely detailed 7.5cm Kw.K.40 L/48 gun - Gun sleeve w/delicate weld and bolt detail made from 3-directional slide molds - Final-drive housing w/details on both sides - Separate armored cover for final-drive housing - Sprocket wheels w/breathtaking detail and multiple delicate parts - Magic Tracks w/detail on both sides

The Panzer IV Ausf.H (Item No.6300) is a sought after model in Dragon’s range of 1/35 scale series of kits. This particular Ausf.H production variant began rolling off factory floors in April 1943, and it experienced some improvements over earlier Panzer IV medium tanks. For instance, the front glacis plate was strengthened by being represented as a single 80mm-thick plate. Another notable aspect is that the Ausf.H was covered in a proprietary paste to prevent magnetic mines from adhering to vertical steel armor surfaces of the tank. The hull sides were further protected by the addition of 5mm-thick side-skirts, while the turret receiv

Detailed Plastic Kit

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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