Dragon launched a 1/35 kit of a Panzerbefehlswagen III Ausf.H (Item No. 6844) last year, and while it was a hit with modelers, there was also clamor for a Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) version of the same vehicle. Dragon has now obliged by creating a special DAK configuration of the Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H! This specialized command tank containing long-range radios was created based on a standard Ausf.H gun tank, the first Panzer III version to be fitted with a 5cm KwK L/42 cannon. However, on the Pz.Bef.Wg. version there was no 5cm gun fitted, with just a single MG34 for self-defense and a dummy gun to fool the enemy.
Dragon’s new 1/35 scale DAK kit is different to the preceding Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H kit in some noticeable ways. For example, it bears a large storage box on the engine deck, plus a smaller storage box on the front left of the fender. Another modification is a spare-track rack on the glacis plate. The sprockets and idler wheels are also different to that on the predecessor. And unchanged, is the characteristic large frame antenna for the long-range radio. Plus the vehicle looks most impressive when the turret-mounted telescopic antenna is shown extended. This Panzerbefehlswagen III H nicely complements lately-reproduced DAK items in Dragon’s line-up, including: Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.A Early Production (Item No. 6289), Pz.Kpfw.III (5cm) Ausf.H Late Production (6642), Bison II 15cm s.IG.33 (6440), Kübelwagen Workshop w/DAK Troops (6338). With the arrival of this command tank, modelers now have even more options for creating a North African diorama.
|ITEM NO:||DRA 6901|
|EST ARRIVAL:||September 2017|
|ITEM NO:||DRA 3594|
|EST ARRIVAL:||August 2017|
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, which was fought from June 5-10 , 1967 in the Middle East. To commemorate that Third Arab-Israeli War, Dragon has been releasing an ongoing series of 1/35 scale kits featuring armored fighting vehicles that participated in the conflict.
The next one is a 1/35 Arab Jagdpazner IV L/48 tank destroyer from the Arab side. As might be expected, it is based on previously released kits from Dragon’s famous ’39-’45 series. However, This special Jagdpanzer IV is most definitely a ONE-OFF item, and customers won’t be able to obtain it ever again. To ensure modelers get hold of this special release of Arab AFVs, modelers will have to spring into action immediately!