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1/35 "70th Anniversary of Blitzkrieg" Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.E with Ghost Division Tank Crew, Blitzkrieg 1940 (DRA-6631+ 6654) - Limited Time Offer
Barcode: 0 89195 86631 8
Case Pack: 20 Pieces Per Master Carton
Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 2.8"
During the early Blitzkrieg campaigns in Poland and France, the Panzer III was a vital asset, although only several hundred were available at that time. They were also prominent in the invasion of Russia, with the Panzer III being numerically the most important tank for Germany. The first mass-produced version of the Panzer III was the Ausf.E, equipped with a 3.7cm KwK 36 main gun of 46.5 caliber, as well as three MG34 machine guns. Torsion bar suspension was standardized on the Ausf.E instead of the leaf springs used on earlier variants, and it was powered by a new 300hp Maybach HL120TR engine coupled to a 10-speed gearbox. Production of the Ausf.E commenced in December 1938, and a total of 96 tanks were manufactured up till October 1939. At 19.5 tons, the Ausf. E was significantly heavier than its predecessors.
Dragon has created a new 1/35 scale Smart Kit of this particular German tank design. One desirable element in Dragon’s kit is the newly tooled road wheels, six per side. These wheels are different to those introduced on the Ausf.F kit (Item No. 6632). Other new parts to recreate this specific variant include the new side plates. This kit has been carefully researched and executed, and it is a must-have for modelers seeking a diorama of the Blitzkrieg era. This Smart Kit assembles easily, with the Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.E being especially relevant to a combat scene in France in 1940, as depicted on the inspirational box-top illustration by Ron Volstad.
Barcode: 0 89195 86654 7
Case Pack: 48 Pieces Per Master Carton
Box Size: 6.4" x 10.2" x 1.5"
Blitzkrieg (“Lightning War”) was a term used to describe the new form of warfare that Germany unleashed on its unprepared foes at the start of WWII. As its core, Blitzkrieg involved the integrated use of mechanized units containing tanks, infantry, artillery and airpower. When combined, these assets had the devastating ability to swiftly pierce enemy lines and keep opponents off-balance. This innovative German strategy was first seen in the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and it also proved highly effective in the invasion of the Low Countries and France in 1940. Dragon has produced a novel set of 1/35 scale figures that will enable modelers to recreate an imaginary scene from this early period of the war.
The set contains four figures from the “Ghost Division.” This was the moniker given to Erwin Rommel’s 7th Panzer Division because of the speed with which it moved during the invasion of France, with even the German High Command unable to keep up with its progress. Three of the figures are tank crewmen and the remaining figure is an infantryman. The set permits the creation of two separate episodes. The first sees a lightly wounded tanker being escorted to safety by a comrade. Such a scene is not easy to engineer by oneself because of the complicated task of blending two figures, but Dragon provides the ideal solution after completing and tooling a highly demanding master. The second pair of figures features a tanker conversing with a soldier, and such is their versatility that they will easily assimilate into just about any diorama. The figures wear typical early-war uniform items like panzer berets from the 1940 Blitzkrieg era. Sharply molded and realistically sculpted, these German figures will contribute much to an interesting Blitzkrieg scene involving some of Dragon’s panzer kits.
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