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Dragon 6608 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E Tiger I (init. prod, s.Pz.Abt. 501, Pz.Rgt.7, Tunisia 1942-43)

Dragon 6829 1/35 8.8 cm FlaK 36 auf Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H (Smart Kit)

October 13, 2015

6829 1/35 8.8 cm FlaK 36 auf Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H (Smart Kit)

        Antiaircraft defense became very important with the advent of powerful air forces in WWII. As the war progressed, the German side was frantic for weapons to oppose Allied aircraft on both fronts, and so they tried mounting weapons, including the famous 8.8 cm cannon, on any functioning chassis. One such makeshift solution placed a FlaK 36 gun on the chassis of a Panzer IV Ausf. H tank chassis. Mounted high atop the hull and without any stabilizer jacks, this was clearly an ad hoc solution that was not destined to enter production. Furthermore, there was no protection whatsoever for the crew.

        As would be expected for this hybrid kit, Dragon’s technical team has taken the company’s exemplary 1/35 kits of both the Panzer IV H and FlaK 36 cannon and masterfully combined them into a single stunning representation. Of course, the tank hull has been suitably modified in the process to echo the original engineers’ plans. The 8.8 cm gun itself is a work of art. There are photo-etched parts to depict components such as the gun travel lock. The 8.8 cm FlaK 36 auf Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H was not a regular weapon that entered production for the Wehrmacht, but modelers will have ample fun producing their own version of this unusual German antiaircraft weapon.

        Release date: October 2015

Dragon 3562 1/35 M60A2 Starship (Smart Kit)

        The M60 main battle tank (MBT), first introduced in 1960, was developed by the USA primarily to meet the threat posed by the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War. One variant of that family was the M60A2, which entered service in 1972 as a stop-gap solution before the expected arrival of the MBT-70. Some 526 examples were manufactured, and it was nicknamed the Starship because of its then sophisticated technology, with the M48 152 mm gun/launcher being an obvious example. This weapon, which had a troubled operational life, fired the MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank guided missile out to a range of 3 km. A .50-cal machine gun was also mounted in the commander’s cupola on the new low-profile turret, meaning the commander did not need to leave the safety of his position. Although the M60A2 was a disappointment, it paved the way for future designs.

        Now, to thrill fans of modern armor, we are going to released a 1/35 scale model kit of the M60A2 Starship. Dragon has conducted highly detailed and extensive research on this tank, and the result is a superb plastic kit. The complex form of the turret is accurately reflected, and the tank has lots of convenient features such as slide-molded components and DS tracks. Dragon has taken this M60A2 Starship into the space age with this technologically sophisticated kit!

        Release date: October 2015

Dragon 7142 1/700 USS Lake Erie (CG-70)

             Dragon has launched a fantastic, new large-scale warship! The new kit is an accurate 1/700 scale rendition of USS Lake Erie (CG-70), a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser. Entering service on 24 July 1993, she was the first US Navy (USN) ship commissioned in Hawaii. Serving with the Pacific Fleet, Lake Erie was the 24th Ticonderoga-class cruiser to be built. With a standard displacement of 9,800 tonnes and a length of 173m, the cruiser is armed with 122 missiles (including the likes of the SM-2MR, SM-2ER, SM-3, ESSM and Tomahawk), eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two Mk 45 5-inch guns, two 25 mm Mk 38 guns and two Phalanx CIWS. Importantly, she is equipped with the Aegis combat system, and has served as test ship for missile exoatmospheric intercept flights. Perhaps USS Lake Erie is best known for her successful shoot down of a failed US satellite in February 2008 with a modified SM-3 missile.

        This new kit builds on the sophistication of Dragon’s previous warship releases. Made accurately to 1/700 scale, the plastic kit is just brimming with sublime detail. As usual, the ship is offered with both a full hull and a waterline hull to give modelers the choice as to how best display the impressive cruiser. This kit features NEW 127 mm main guns of L/64 caliber and details are all up to scratch as well. Photo-etched parts are included in the box. This American guided-missile cruiser is ready to cruise into a stunning display straight from the box!

        Release date: July 2015

Dragon 6823 1/35 Pz.Bef.Wg. IV Ausf. J (Smart Kit)

        Dragon offers a complete lineup of the popular Panzer IV family tree in 1/35 scale, but the company is gradually filling in some of the smaller gaps with special variants. This is the case with the newest Panzer IV kit from Dragon, an Ausf. J command tank. In fact, Ausf. J was something of a retrograde from the Ausf. H as construction was simplified to speed up production as the end of the war loomed and as materials became scarce. The Panzerbefehlswagen IV (Pz.Bef.Wg. IV) was a dedicated command tank with additional radio sets installed, mounting racks, transformers, extra antennas and an auxiliary electrical generator. At the same time, ammunition stowage had to be reduced to 72 rounds to house the extra communications gear. A total of 17 Pz.Bef.Wg. IV vehicles were built on the Panzer IV Ausf. J chassis in August-September 1944, while another 88 command tanks were based on other refurbished chassis.

        This 1/35 scale plastic kit features a number of newly tooled parts needed just to recreate the Pz.Bef.Wg. IV Ausf. J. One example is a brand new antenna stowage box on the right side of the hull. To accommodate this new box, two side skirt brackets had to be redone as well. Furthermore, there are new photo-etched metal parts to represent various antenna mounting plates, as well as a new rack on the hull side for stowing spare track links. Additionally, there are two separate cupola designs, with modelers thus able to choose which version they want to employ on their particular command tank. For those model-makers wanting to take command of a new Panzer IV project, this Pz.Bef.Wg.IV Ausf. J is a timely release!

        Release date: June 2015

Dragon 6824 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. IV (mit Panther Ausf. F turret, prototype)

        Dragon has an extremely comprehensive family of 1/35 scale Panzer IV kits in its range. Indeed, Dragon can offer a modern and accurate kit of every member of the Panzer IV family - the A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and J! Although the Panzer IV was built, and widely served, throughout WW 2, there was a desire to field ever better tank designs. One interesting concept that appeared in November 1944 was to mount a Panther Ausf. F turret upon a Panzer IV hull. However, it was soon decided that doing this would overburden the Pz.Kpfw. IV chassis, and the idea was thus rejected. The Ausf. F Schmaltürm narrow turret would have mounted a 7.5 cm KwK. 42 (KwK. 44/1 L/70) gun. The Panther F had been slated for production in April 1945, but the end of the war put paid to those plans.

        This1/35 scale plastic kit represents in plastic the fruition of that project ambition. The highly detailed kit is closely based on Dragon’s leading model of the Panzer IV, and of course it features an appropriately rendered Panther Ausf. F turret. In fact, to accommodate the new turret, the upper hull has been completely retooled with the correct details. The unique-looking tank also wears a set of detailed side skirts. While the design was destined to be confined to history as yet another paper panzer, this kit offers modelers the chance to build and enjoy something of an oddity!

        Release date: June 2015

Dragon 3558 1/35 MIM-104B Patriot (PAC-1) w/M983 HEMTT (Black Label)

        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 15 kW 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 the tread plate pattern is particularly well done. For modelers willing to launch into something absolutely stunning, this Patriot PAC-1 combination is simply unbeatable!

        Release date: August 2015

Dragon 7519 1/72 M103A1

        The 65-ton M103 Heavy Tank that served with the US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) during the height of the Cold War from 1957-1974. Its whole design was predicated on the need to counter Soviet heavy tanks, and thus it boasted a rifled 120mm M58 cannon for long-distance engagements. This gun fired a separate-loading round, which required two loaders, thus giving five men in the crew. The armor was up to 180mm thick on the front of the turret. Some 300 T43E1 tanks were built, of which 219 were later converted to M103A1 standard, and 153 rebuilt into M103A2.

        Dragon’s 1/72 scale WW 2 plastic kits are legendary worldwide in terms of the range’s scope, accuracy and technical quality. Utilizing the expertise and experience, Dragon is offering a completely new 1/72 kit M103A1, the first cold-war item in this line. The new kit is extremely well engineered and the parts separation is cleverly handled by the design team, for example the easy assembly tracks and wheels. Modelers can now build such big heavy tank in the small scale 1/72.

        Release date: June 2015

Dragon 6822 1/35 Panther Ausf. D (V2 prototype)

        The German Panther was one of the best tanks to see service in WW 2, 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 650 hp engine (instead of the later 700 hp), a 60 mm-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.

        Release date: June 2015

Dragon 6820 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E Tiger I ("131", s.Pz.Abt. 504, Tunisia) (Smart Kit)

        Dragon is extremely excited to announce the arrival of a 1/35 scale plastic kit of one of the most famous tanks in the world – a Tiger I sporting the number “131’. The original “131”, housed at the Tank Museum in Bovington, UK, is the only working Tiger I in the world. The tank with chassis number 250122 was shipped by Germany to North Africa in March/April 1943, where it served with the 3rd Platoon, 1st Company of the 504th Schwere Heeres Panzer Abteilung (s.Pz.Abt. 504). On 21 April 1943 it was captured in Tunisia after being knocked out during the Battle of Longstop Hill. “131” was hit three times by the 6-pounder guns of Churchill tanks from the 48th Royal Tank Regiment. The Tiger was taken back to England for evaluation purposes. Transferred to the Tank Museum in 1951, restoration commenced in 1990 and by 2012 the painstaking work was complete. “131” gained further fame when it was used in the sensational movie Fury that released in 2014.

        This Dragon kit possesses amazing attention to detail, not least because the supervisor of the project is none other than David Byrden. Since he gave advice on the restoration of the real Tiger I at Bovington, modelers can be assured of extreme accuracy in this faithful 1/35 scale rendering of the original. The kit features a number of new parts such as the upper hull and the Feifel air filters. Also brand new are the brackets for S-mine launchers (Minenabwurfvorrichtung) on the rear of the hull. On this kit every bolt and screw was checked and fine-tuned to match those on the original “131”, giving modelers the opportunity to precisely and conveniently build one of the best-known tanks in the world!

        Release date: May 2015


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