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1/35 Panzer III Ausf.J, Initial Production ~ Smart Kit
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ITEM NO: DRA 6463
EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195864635
SCALE: 1:35
ANNOUNCED ON: 5/11/2009
ARRIVED ON: 6/15/2009
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Re-Issue in October 2016

Barcode: 0 89195 86463 5
Case Pack: 20 Pieces Per Master Carton
Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 2.8"

Features:
- Newly tooled slide-molded engine deck for Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J Initial Production
- Engine hatches can be assembled open or closed
- 5cm Kw.K L/42 gun w/delicate detail
- Complete gun assembly reproduced w/full detail
- Gun barrel and mantlet are slide molded
- 3-directional slide-molded gun sleeve for greater detail
- new injection-molded tow cable for engine deck w/cable mount included
- Hollowed-out undercut on turret bottom included
- Gearbox access hatch finely designed
- Photo-etched mesh included
- Air deflector accurately represented
- Slide-molded cooling air intake
- Photo-etched air-intake grills
- Side hatches can be assembled open or closed w/interior details
- Idler wheels w/photo-etched parts
- Detailed track tension adjuster
- Slide-molded stowage bin w/fine details can be assembled open or closed
- Fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surfaces
- Turret realistically made by 3-directional slide molds
- One-piece slide-molded lower hull w/exquisite detail
- Lower hull sides come w/full detail
- Fully detailed weld seams on hull bottom
- Slide-molded torsion bars included
- Slide-molded hydraulic shock absorbers are well detailed
- Detailed suspension swing arms
- 40cm Magic Tracks
- Final-drive housing covers are separate parts for maximum detail
- Accurate sprocket wheels
- Road wheels w/accurate detail
- Injection-molded on-vehicle tools have clasp detail
- Exhaust pipes w/hollow ends
- Notek headlight w/exquisite detail
- Toolbox w/padlock produced by slide mold


The Panzer III was Germany’s main battle tank for the first couple of years of WWII, with earlier Panzer IV variants serving primarily as close-support weapons. However, after Pz.Kpfw.III tanks began encountering more heavily armored T-34 and KV-1 tanks during the invasion of Russia, existing Panzer III models were found to be inadequate for the task. One solution was to up-gun the tank with a longer and more powerful 5cm KwK 38 L/42 cannon, and to add more armor to the vehicle. Thus the Panzer III Ausf.J was born. It featured 50mm-thick solid armor plates on the front and rear of the hull, an increase from the previous 30mm-thick armor plates. Among other modifications, the new armor resulted in a ball-mount MG being fitted on the front superstructure and a redesigned driver’s visor.

Dragon has launched a new 1/35 Smart Kit of an Initial Production Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.J. A total of 482 such tanks were produced beginning in March 1941, before an even longer 5cm KwK 39 L/60 gun was available for introduction on later Ausf.J models in December 1941 through to mid-1942 (this vehicle is finely represented by Dragon’s previously released Item No. 6394). This new kit correctly depicts an Ausf.J as it appeared in its initial configuration, and so the kit has received a completely new tooling for the engine deck. The engine deck has the hatches accurately arranged, plus the option of having the tow cable pre-molded in place, or absent altogether. This fine 1/35 scale kit naturally utilizes parts from Dragon’s previous Panzer III J, and so numerous fantastic features are carried over where appropriate. Where needed, totally new parts have been added for this Initial Production variant. As a Smart Kit, this new item is a pleasure to build thanks to clever parts engineering by the designer. The kit is also highly accurate, allowing modelers to create this specific variant of the Panzer III Ausf.J that is ready to take on tougher armored foes on the battlefield!