The Sd.Kfz.251 German halftrack family was widely employed throughout WWII, with more than 15,000 units built. One family member was the Sd.Kfz.251/16 Ausf.C Flammpanzerwagen, which, as its name suggests, carried flamethrowers. Indeed, there were two 14mm projectors mounted on each hull side. These were supplied by two fuel tanks totaling 700 liters of flammable mixture. This was enough to fuel 80 bursts lasting up to two seconds each. A total of 347 such halftrack flamethrowers were built from January 1943 onwards.
The newest kit portrays such a flammpanzerwagen with a welded hull and there is an impressive level of detail visible in the open-topped fighting compartment, including the projectors, spray tubes and fuel tanks. Indeed, two sets of projectors are offered (with or without covers) to ensure modelers can display the kit precisely as they wish. Two flame operator figures and a driver figure are included, and the former even come with alternate heads wearing field caps or flame proof hoods. This 1/35 scale kit is scorching hot in every imaginable way, so it makes a great addition to Dragon’s upgraded Sd.Kfz.251 family!
There were many great variants of well-known Sd.Kfz.250 family. One of the rarer ones was the Sd.Kfz.250/4 Truppenluftschützpanzerwagen. Armed with Zwillingssockel 36 dual-mount machine guns, it was envisioned as a mobile antiaircraft vehicle. The mounted twin MG34 weapons with an elevation range of +10º to 90º were protected by an armored shield in the rear compartment. The weapons were operated by a single soldier on an integrated seat.
Dragon has expanded its formidable Sd.Kfz.250 family with a 1/35 scale kit of this Sd.Kfz.250/4 Truppenluftschützpanzerwagen mit Zwilling MG34. While this halftrack variant never saw battle, it was field-tested, offering modelers ample scope if they elect to put it into a suitable diorama. The Zwillingssockel 36 is newly tooled with highly detailed plastic injection and photo-etched parts. Just like the original dual-MG mount, it can also traverse 360º. The front armored shield is also newly tooled. To create this Sd.Kfz.250/4 variant, the fighting compartment interior has been appropriately rearranged. As part of Dragon’s facelift Sd.Kfz.250 series, it has an updated upper hull and Magic Tracks. This halftrack type has not appeared as a plastic kit before, so it offers modelers something different. Enemy aircraft beware with this new 1/35 scale kit!
This M752 is understandably 100% newly tooled. Furthermore, it’s the only full plastic kit of this US-manufactured tracked missile launcher currently available on the market. The missile can be elevated up or down to represent firing or transport modes respectively. The missile mount and associated elevation mechanism are sophisticated and strong enough to support an accurately detailed Lance missile. This new kit captures the somber days of the Cold War, and so this Lance self-propelled missile launcher would make a fine addition to any modern warfare kit collection. The Lance system was used by the US Army, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and UK, meaning that this new kit offers enterprising modelers a lot of versatility.