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Kits 1:72

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

SKU: 500777438

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

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

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

1:72 Churchill Mk.III AVRE

SKU: 500777327

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

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

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

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

1:72 Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret

SKU: 500777254

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

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

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

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

1:72 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

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