Item No. 60458 - 1/72 10.5cm StuH.42 Ausf.G 8.Kavallerie-Division Eastern Front 1944
The StuH.42 featured an electrically fired 10.5cm leFH 18 howitzer fitted in the superstructure instead of the more usual anti-tank cannon. A total of 1,211 StuH.42 vehicles were produced from October 1942 till the end of the war. These vehicles were issued to Sturmgeschütz brigades to support regular StuG.IIIs. One unit to operate the StuH.42 on the Eastern Front was the 8.Kavallerie-Division. It fought on the Eastern Front before being eventually destroyed in Budapest in 1945. One vehicle from this unit fighting in the winter of 1944 has been superbly recreated in miniature by Dragon Armor. It wears a neat coat of whitewash over its sand-colored basecoat. The only visible tactical markings are Balkankreuz on the superstructure sides. The 1/72 scale model has been masterfully finished, and the StuH.42 Ausf.G self-propelled howitzer will blend in well with a snowy environmentor alternatively stand out in a model collection!
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Release: May 2012
Item No. 60572 - Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr.2 Versuchsfahrzeuge Germany 1935
Germans first attempts at creating a heavy tank commenced in the early 1930s. Known as the Neubau-Fahrzeug (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 Neubau-Fahrzeug heavy tanks were built by Rheinmetall-Borsig (Rh-B). The first two prototypes (numbers 1-2) were manufactured in 1934 out of mild steel so they were not suitable for combat. The design featured a 3.7cm KwK L/45 cannon and a 7.5cm KwK L/24 main gun. The three 25.8-ton armored tanks (numbers 3-5) built in 1935 participated in the 1940 invasion of Norway.
Dragon Armor is offering a 1/72 scale model of the second Neubau-Fahrzeug prototype. This Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr.2 is impressive in its rare camouflage colors of green, brown and sand, perhaps a portent of the schemes that would later appear during WWII. As a prototype, the model does not bear any tactical markings, although it was used at a training school until 1940. The turrets are precisely replicated, and they are notably different to those mounted on the three production tanks. This was one monster of a tank, and now modelers can own one bedecked in eye-catching colors!
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Release: April 2012