1/72 Sd.Kfz.164 Hornisse w/Neo Track
The 24-ton Hornisse (German for “hornet”), later renamed by Hitler as the Nashorn (German for “rhinoceros”), was developed as an interim tank destroyer in 1942. It mounted an 8.8cm PaK 43/1 gun, and the Hornisse had its combat debut at the Battle of Kursk. A total of 494 of these tank destroyers were produced, and they were used primarily on the Eastern Front or in Italy. The key feature of this newest 1/72 Hornisse is the terrific Neo tracks, these track links offering the perfect balance between accuracy and assembly. They come with pre-assembled straight runs of tracks, for instance, while they can also be realistically sagged. Other parts come as individual links where appropriate to get them to conform to the shape of sprockets, etc. All details are accurately presented, including the highly detailed and visible 88mm long-barreled gun mounted inside the open-topped fighting compartment. In the kit box there is also a generous selection of photo-etched parts that allow modelers to upgrade the appearance of this powerful German tank destroyer. Thanks to the addition of these Neo tracks, this little hornet can inject a tremendous amount of pleasure into a modeler’s collection!
1/72 Pz. Kpfw.IV Ausf. J Mid Production
This Dragon Armor Pro 1/72 scale kit depicting a Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J Mid-Production tank possesses the ultimate level of detail. Furthermore, it’s the first time for Dragon fans to get their hands on an Ausf.J kit in this scale. In most respects, the Ausf.J was a retrograde from the previously produced Ausf.H, a necessity imposed on Germany to simplify and speed up production as the war progressed. For example, there was no electric generator for the turret traverse, so the turret had to be rotated manually. Thus, it possesses a number of brand new parts to enable accurate rendering of this type. For example, the turret, lower hull and flame-suppressing exhaust mufflers are all newly tooled. All details are crisply molded, including the armor skirts for the turret and hull. The number of parts to assemble has been reduced to a minimum too, so modelers will be able to enjoy construction of this Panzer IV Ausf.J more than ever. The artwork on the box top is absolutely stunning too. Now, small-scale modelers can at last accurately recreate a German Pz.Kpfw.IV from the late-war period.
1/72 Pz. Kpfw.IV Ausf. J Early Production
Dragon Armor Pro has yet another brand new Panzer IV tank in 1/72 scale available for modelers wishing to expand the number of variants in this important tank family. This kit depicts the Panzer IV Ausf.J Early-Production. About 3,160 Ausf.J units were produced from February 1944 through till April 1945. In most respects, the Ausf.J was a retrograde from the previously produced Ausf.H, a necessity imposed on Germany to simplify production as the war progressed. For example, there was no electric generator for the turret traverse, so the turret had to be rotated manually. Pistol and vision ports on the turret side hatches were removed too. This latest 1/72 scale kit possesses the ultimate level of detail. For example, it has a newly tooled lower hull possessing different details on the bottom. It shows the correct identifying features of an Early-Production Ausf.J. Yet another small niche in the Panzer IV family has been filled with this new kit, and modelers can enjoy obtaining the whole range that reflects the history of the Panzer IV.
1/72 M1296 Stryker ICV Dragoon
Dragon’s Armor Pro series continues with its brilliant 1/72 scale plastic kits of the US Army’s Stryker 8x8 vehicle family, the next being the M1296 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) Dragoon. In fact, the M1296 is the latest variant to enter service, with its production being approved in 2015 and the first one being handed over to the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in 2017. The Dragoon provides Stryker Brigade Combat Teams with much-needed firepower, its main armament being a Mk.44 Bushmaster II 30mm cannon in a Kongsberg MCT-30 unmanned turret, with a 7.62mm M240 fitted coaxially alongside. It has a crew of two (commander and driver) and can still carry a full squad of nine infantrymen in the rear compartment. This is a stunning 1/72 scale kit of the M1296 Stryker ICV Dragoon. Based on the regular M1126 ICV, it comes with a correctly shaped and detailed turret containing the 30mm cannon. This MCT-30 turret, made by slide mold, sets the Dragoon apart from other Stryker variants, making it a standout member of the family. All components are sharply rendered. Multi-directional slide molds permit major assemblies such as the upper hull or lower hull to be of one piece. This M1296 Dragoon of the US Army is ready to do some rapid-fire damage on the battlefield!
1/72 M1128 Mod. Stryker MGS
Dragon’s Armor Pro series has launched a trio of Stryker 8x8 plastic kits in 1/72 scale, and one of those members represents a US Army M1128 Mod. Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS). The MGS is the most potent member of the Stryker family in terms of firepower, armed as it is with a 105mm M68A1E4 tank gun mounted in a low-profile turret. The gun operates with an autoloader, but it’s designed primarily for infantry support missions rather than true tank-versus-tank combat. Modernized MGS vehicles had an air-conditioning unit added, as well as extra armor panels. A typical Stryker brigade boasts about ten Mobile Gun Systems, and the US Army procured 142 vehicles in total. Most notable on this stunning kit of the M1128 Mod. Stryker MGS is the accurately shaped turret containing the 105mm main gun, with slide molds widely used here. All components on the Stryker are sharply rendered. Multi-directional slide molds permit major assemblies such as the upper hull or lower hull to be of one piece. There are photo-etched parts too, such as the belly armor and armor panels on the rear of the hull. This M1128 Mobile Gun System of a US Army Stryker brigade is ready to unleash its firepower!
1/72 3.7cm FlaK 43 Flakpanzer IV Ostwind
Dragon is proud to announce a new 1/72 scale hybrid kit, the fruit of cooperation with Lexa Models. It’s the second such collaborative kit, and it represents a stunning rendition of the 3.7cm FlaK 43 Flakpanzer IV “Ostwind”. This new Dragon 1/72 self-propelled antiaircraft gun benefits from the inclusion of 3D-printed parts from Lexa Models. The first such cooperative kit with 3D elements was the Sherman Calliope that received a hearty response from the market, and this Flakpanzer will be no different. Indeed, the detail of the 3D-printed parts is simply amazing! The brand new and complete turret is printed in this way along with a selection of photo-etched parts for the turret and gun shield. There’s no other kit like it available on the market, with modern technology bringing the highest imaginable standards to modelers.
1/72 M1134 Stryker ATGM
Dragon’s Armor Pro series is delighted to be offering 1/72 scale plastic models of the US Army’s important Stryker 8x8 vehicle family. There are ten Stryker variants in all that are used by the US Army, with the family entering military service in 2002. This particular model, completely newly tooled, represents the M1134 Stryker ATGM, the anti-tank missile variant that provides an anti-armor overwatch capability to Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. Its primary weapon system is an elevated TOW system with twin launcher tubes that fire missiles to a maximum 4km range. There is also a 7.62mm M240B machine gun for the commander. A Stryker Brigade Combat Team has three platoons of M1134s (a total of nine vehicles), each 8x8 vehicle crewed by four soldiers. This is a simply sensational kit of the M1134 Stryker ATGM, highly accurate in 1/72 scale. All elements are sharply rendered. Multi-directional slide molds permit major assemblies such as the upper hull or lower hull to be of one piece. Items like the intricate wing mirrors and TOW launcher are beautifully depicted too. This 1/72 scale Armor Pro kit of the US Army’s M1134 Stryker ATGM is certainly more than ready to take on any enemy armor!
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