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1/35 Flakpanzer IV Ausf. G "Wirbelwind" Early Production ~ S
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1/35 Flakpanzer IV Ausf. G "Wirbelwind" Early Production ~ S

Barcode: 0 89195 86342 3
Case Pack: 20 Pieces per case
Box Size: 9.8" x 15" x 3.1"

Features:
- Four frontal-armor options available for new assembly
- Gun-sight cover can be assembled open/closed
- Cannon can be freely posed at different angles
- 2-directional slide-molded turret for Wirbelwind w/realistic weld seams
- Scale-thickness figting-compartment armo has extra-thin top edge
- Side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surfaces
- Injection-molded fenders made to thinnest possible dimensions
- Separate front and rear fenders can be posed in a folded-back position
- Injection-molded reflector and convoy light w/optional photo-etched parts
- 2cm Flakvierling 38 w/accurate detail
- Gun cradle offers great detail definition
- Gun sight and hand wheels w/well-defined detail
- Spent-shell cage made from photo-etched parts
- Slide-molded one-piece gun barrel w/hollow muzzle
- Gunner's seat can be modeled at different angles
- Hull sides w/authentic detail
- Front spare-track bracket for Ausf.G w/optional round or flat handle
- Ammo magazines inside turret w/great detail
- Accurately designed transmission and steering-brake access hatches can be modeled open/closed
- Accurately modeled hull-top armor plating
- Turret ring accurately produced
- Gun mounting platform realistically produced
- Air intake covers have options of injection or photo-etched parts
- One-piece lower hull made from slide molds
- Hull bottom has full and correct details
- Notek headlight w/exquisite detail
- Complete MG w/workable ball mount
- Final-drive housing w/details on both sides
- Separate armored cover for final-drive housing
- Sprocket wheels w/breathtaking detail and multiple delicate parts
- Road wheels and suspension exhibit extreme details
- Idler wheels w/correctly detailed parts
- Realistic molded lines on rubber tires
- Muffler made from separate parts
- Injection-molded on-vehicle tools w/clasps
- Idler adjuster mountings have accurate details
- Extendable jack w/separate parts
- Extremely well-detailed towing-eye brackets w/separate parts
- Towing-cable heads have hollow ends
- Metal towing cable
- 40cm Magic Tracks are detailed on both sides

As Allied aircraft increasingly dominated the skies over Europe as WWII progressed, there was a need for more effective self-propelled antiaircraft guns. One such solution was the Flakpanzer IV, a vehicle nicknamed Wirbelwing, or “Whirlwind” by the Germans. Development commenced in 1944 as a brainchild of Karl Wilhelm Krause, an officer of the “Hitler Jugend” Division, and the vehicle featured a quadruple 2cm Flakvierling 38 weapon system mounted inside a nine-sided turret. The turret was open-topped to allow fumes generated from the four cannons to dissipate. As can be imagined, the Wirbelwind was a quick-firing weapon, and it could also be employed against ground targets. A crew of five operated it. Approximately 100 of these 22-tonne weapons were produced on rebuilt or repaired Panzer IV tank chassis.

Dragon has produced a fantastic 1/35 scale plastic kit of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind. The kit depicts an Early Production version of the antiaircraft platform based on a Panzer IV Ausf.G chassis. All associated detail of the open-topped turret, hull and running gear is accurately represented in true-to-scale miniature. The kit utilizes Dragon’s highly acclaimed kit of the 2cm Flakvierling 38 weapon system, a finely detailed replica of the original four-barreled gun. Inside the box, modelers will find many slide-molded plastic components, as well as the convenience of Magic Tracks, plus some photo-etched parts such as the cage for spent shell cases. This latest kit from Dragon allows modelers to easily create any specific vehicle from the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind family.
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