DRAGON MODELS USA NEW ITEMS ANNOUNCEMENT
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Dragon Plastic Model Kits
1/35 "Hummel-Wespe" le Pz.Haub auf Hummel Fahrgestell Barcode: 0 89195 86535 9 Case Pack: 20 pieces per master carton Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 3.1"
'Bumble Bee' might seem an unusual nickname for a self-propelled howitzer, but that is what the Germans initially called their 15cm sFH 18 L/30 howitzer mounted on a Panzer IV chassis. The Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel, of which 714 were produced from late 1942 onwards, was created because of an urgent need for artillery that could keep pace with Germany's panzers during WWII. Interestingly, the prototype of the Hummel was originally fitted with a 10.5cm leFH18 gun, the weapon that eventually found its way onto the Wespe that was based on the Panzer II chassis. Dragon's newest 1/35 scale kit shows this "Hummel-Wespe" le Pz. Haub auf Hummel Fahrgestell armed with the 10.5cm howitzer.
Dragon has produced the standard Hummel before, but this kit has the smaller gun. Stil based on Dragon's phenomenally detailed Panzer IV chassis and hull, this new 1/35 scale kit includes a retooled fighting compartment that had a unique arrangement due to the smaller size of the 105mm artillery rounds. The ammo storage racks are also new. Also newly tooled is the gun shield. , since it isn't the normal one associated with the leFH18 howitzer. The armor plates of the fighting compartment have been made using Dragon's 'Razor Edge' technique to give a true-to-scale appearance. In this special fighting-vehicle kit, Dragon offers something unique and something different from the norm – a Hummel-Wespe hybrid!
AVAILABLE: October 2014
1/35 Panther Ausf.F w/7.5cm KwK42 L/100 Barcode: 0 89195 86799 5 Case Pack: 20 pieces per master carton Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 3.1"
The German Panther was one of the best tanks to see service in WWII. Designed from the outset to regain combat superiority over Soviet tanks like the T-34 on the Eastern Front, it represented an ideal balance of firepower, mobility and protection. The next-generation Panther was to be the Ausf.F, whose design was approved in May 1944. The basic concept was a more heavily armored tank with a new Schmalturm turret mounting a 7.5cm cannon. Production of the Ausf.F with the Schmalturm was supposed to begin in 1945, but the deteriorating war situation put paid to that possibility. However, of interest to this particular Dragon kit is an associated Panther Ausf.F version fitted with a 7.5cm KwK L/100 gun. This tank looks most formidable with its enormously long gun barrel capped by a muzzle brake. Certainly, the Panther Ausf.F with 7.5cm KwK.42 L/100 would have been a lethal weapon had production commenced.
Dragon is proud to launch its first 1/35 scale kit of this remarkable German tank with the elongated L/100 gun. The kit's logically based on Dragon's existing Panther family kits, but it adds special parts like the narrow-fronted Schmalturm turret. Of course, the 100-caliber gun is a brand new component, and modelers will be impressed with its length. The kit draws upon the technical and technological expertise of Dragon's engineers, plus it has a fine balance between easy assembly and accuracy. This is demonstrated by the inclusion of convenient DS tracks, for example. Photo-etched pieces such as mesh for the cooling air grills are offered. This Ausf.F 7.5cm KwK.42 L/100 kit is thus a welcome addition to the Panther family.
AVAILABLE: October 2014
Dragon Armor Collectibles
1/72 Panther D Early Production 4./Pz.Rgt. "Großdeutschland" Karachev 1943 Barcode: 0 89195 60596 2 Case Pack: 24 pieces per carton Box Size: 7.2" x 3.1" x 3.7"
While it's the impressive Tiger I tank that usually attracts the most attention, it was the Panther that in the long run was a more important tank to Germany during WWII. This approximately 45-tonne medium tank represented a good balance of well-sloped armor protection, lethal firepower and able cross-country mobility, the design being inspired by the highly successful Russian T-34. Beginning in December 1942, a total of 842 Ausf.D examples were manufactured through to September 1943, at which time it was superceded by the improved Ausf.A. Its combat debut occurred during Operation Zitadelle in the titanic Battle of Kursk on the Eastern Front, and the Sd.Kfz.171 Panther fought bravely until the dying days of the Third Reich. Its 7.5cm KwK 42 L/70 cannon took a heavy toll on enemy armored vehicles whenever and wherever they were encountered. The Ausf.D is easily identified by the letterbox hatch opening for the glacis machine gun, pistol ports on the turret sides and a drum cupola.