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280058  PaK 38 / PaK 97/38 with Crew
After the Spanish Civil War, the German authorities started to think that a new anti-tank gun would be needed, even though the 3.7cm PaK 36 had proven to be very successful. They asked Rheinmetall-Borsig to produce a new and more capable AT-gun. They first designed the PaK 37 in 1935, but the German authorities didn’t approve it because of its low capabilities. Rheinmetall-Borsig was forced to create a new gun under the designation PaK 38, which fitted a new and longer L/60 barrel and was approved for mass production in 1939.
The 5cm PaK 38 (L/60) (5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 38 (L/60)) was first used by the German forces in April 1941. When the Germans faced Soviet tanks in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa, the PaK 38 was one of the few early guns capable of penetrating the 45mm (1.8 in) armour of the T-34. The gun was also equipped with Panzergranate 40 APCR shots with a hard tungsten core, in an attempt to penetrate the armour of the heavier KV-1 tank.
Although it was replaced by more powerful weapons, it remained a potent and useful weapon and remained in service with the Wehrmacht until the end of the war. Between 1940 and 1943, a total of 9,566 units were built.
During the invasion of Poland and France, the Wehrmacht captured thousands of 75mm Model 1897 guns, built by the French arms manufacturer Schneider. Soon after the German invasion of the USSR in 1941, Wehrmacht units encountered new Soviet tanks, the medium T-34 and the heavy KV. The thick sloped armour of these vehicles gave them invulnerability against German towed 3.7cm PaK 36 anti-tank guns. The situation led to requests for more powerful weapons that would be able to destroy them at normal combat ranges.
Even though Germany already had a suitable design, the 7.5cm PaK 40, this weapon entered production and the first pieces were delivered in November 1941. However, until enough of these were manufactured, some expedient solution was required. In its original configuration, the French guns were ill-suited for the anti-tank role because of their relatively low muzzle velocity, limited traverse (only 6°) and lack of a suitable suspension (which resulted in a transport speed of just 10 to 12 km/h). It was decided to solve the traverse and mobility problems by mounting the 7.5cm barrel on the modern split trail carriage of the 5cm PaK 38 anti-tank gun. To soften the recoil, the barrel was fitted with a large Swiss Solothurn muzzle brake. The gun was primarily intended to use HEAT shells as the armour penetration of this type of ammunition does not depend on velocity.
The 7.5cm PaK 97/38 reached the battlefield in the summer of 1942. Despite moderate effectiveness and violent recoil, it remained in service until the end of the war. A total of 3,712 units were built between 1942 and 1943.
Product Highlights:
– Options to build either a PaK 38 or PaK 97/38
– Front lower armour plate in operating or transport mode
– Movable trails & rotating gun
– Includes shells and ammo boxes
– 5 gun crew in mid-war uniform included
280059  PaK 40 AT Gun with Crew
The 7.5cm PaK 40 (7,5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40) was a German 7.5cm anti-tank gun developed in 1939 to 1941 by Rheinmetall and used during WW2. The PaK 40 formed the backbone of German anti-tank guns for the latter part of the war, mostly in towed form, but also on a number of tank destroyers such as the Marder series. Approximately 20,000 PaK 40s were produced between 1942 and 1945.
Development of the PaK 40 began after reports of new Soviet tank designs began to reach Berlin in 1939. The 5cm PaK 38 was still in testing at this point, but it appeared it would not be powerful enough to deal with these newer designs. Contracts were placed with Krupp and Rheinmetall to develop what was essentially a 7.5cm version of the PaK 38. However, while the PaK 38 made extensive use of light alloys to reduce overall gun weight, these were now earmarked for Luftwaffe. As a result, the PaK 40 used steel throughout its construction and was proportionally heavier than the 5cm model. To simplify production, the PaK 38’s curved gun shield was replaced by one using three flat plates.
The project was initially given low priority, but following the invasion of the USSR in 1941 and the appearance of heavily armoured Soviet tanks such as the T-34 and KV-1, it was given an increased priority. The first pre-production guns were delivered in November 1941. In April 1942, the Wehrmacht had 44 guns in service; by 1943, the PaK 40 formed the bulk of German anti-tank artillery.
The weapon was effective against almost every Allied tank until the end of the war. The Pak 40 was much heavier than the Pak 38; its decreased mobility meant that it was difficult or even impossible to move without an artillery tractor on boggy ground.  After the war, the Pak 40 remained in service in several European armies, including Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Norway, Hungary and Romania.
Product Highlights:
– Front lower armour plate in operating or transport mode
– Movable trails & rotating gun
– Includes shells and ammo boxes
– 5 gun crew in late war uniform included
280060  M4 Sherman / Firefly IC
The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in WW2. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and the Soviet Union. The tank was named by the British for the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.
The M4 Sherman evolved from the M3 Medium Tank, which had its main armament in a side sponson mount. The M4 retained much of the previous mechanical design, but housed the main 75mm gun in a fully traversing turret. One feature, a one-axis gyrostabilizer, was not precise enough to allow firing when moving but did help keep the reticle on target, so that when the tank did stop to fire, the gun would be aimed in roughly the right direction. The designers stressed mechanical reliability, ease of production and maintenance, durability, standardization of parts and ammunition in a limited number of variants, and moderate size and weight. These factors, combined with Sherman’s then-superior armour and armament, outclassed German light and medium tanks fielded in 1939 to 42. The M4 went on to be produced in large numbers. It spearheaded many offensives by the Western Allies after 1942.
When the M4 tank (Sherman I by the British naming system) went into combat in North Africa with the British Army at El Alamein in late 1942, it increased the advantage of Allied armour over Axis armour and was superior to the lighter German and Italian tank designs. For this reason, the US Army believed that the M4 would be adequate to win the war, and no pressure was exerted for further tank development. Logistical and transport restrictions, such as limitations imposed by roads, ports, and bridges, also complicated the introduction of a more capable but heavier tank. Tank destroyer battalions using vehicles built on the M4 hull and chassis, but with open-topped turrets and more potent high-velocity guns, also entered widespread use in the Allied armies. Even by 1944, most M4 Shermans kept their dual purpose 75mm gun. By 1944, the M4 was inferior in firepower and armour to increasing numbers of German heavy tanks, but was able to fight on with numerical superiority and mutual support from growing numbers of fighter-bombers and artillery pieces.  Some Shermans were produced with a more capable gun, the 76mm gun M1, or refitted with an Ordnance QF17-pounder by the British (the Sherman Firefly).
The relative ease of production allowed large numbers of the M4 to be manufactured and significant investment in tank recovery and repair units allowed disabled vehicles to be repaired and returned to service quickly. These factors combined to give the Allies numerical superiority in most battles, and many infantry divisions were provided with M4s and tank destroyers.
After World War II, the Sherman, particularly the many improved and upgraded versions, continued to see combat service in many conflicts around the world, including the UN forces in the Korean War, with Israel in the Arab-Israeli Wars, briefly with South Vietnam in the Vietnam War, and on both sides of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
Product Highlights:
– Includes both small & large hatch hulls
– Includes both low & high bustle turrets
– Includes both 75mm gun & 105mm howitzer
– Options to build a British Firefly IC
– Multiple mantlet choices
– Open or closed turret & hull hatches
– Tank crew figures included
280061  M4 Sherman Composite / Firefly IC Hybrid
The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in WW2. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and the Soviet Union. The tank was named by the British for the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.
The M4 Sherman evolved from the M3 Medium Tank, which had its main armament in a side sponson mount. The M4 retained much of the previous mechanical design, but housed the main 75mm gun in a fully traversing turret. One feature, a one-axis gyrostabilizer, was not precise enough to allow firing when moving but did help keep the reticle on target, so that when the tank did stop to fire, the gun would be aimed in roughly the right direction. The designers stressed mechanical reliability, ease of production and maintenance, durability, standardization of parts and ammunition in a limited number of variants, and moderate size and weight. These factors, combined with Sherman’s then-superior armour and armament, outclassed German light and medium tanks fielded in 1939 to 42. The M4 went on to be produced in large numbers. It spearheaded many offensives by the Western Allies after 1942.
When the M4 tank (Sherman I by the British naming system) went into combat in North Africa with the British Army at El Alamein in late 1942, it increased the advantage of Allied armour over Axis armour and was superior to the lighter German and Italian tank designs. For this reason, the US Army believed that the M4 would be adequate to win the war, and no pressure was exerted for further tank development. Logistical and transport restrictions, such as limitations imposed by roads, ports, and bridges, also complicated the introduction of a more capable but heavier tank. Tank destroyer battalions using vehicles built on the M4 hull and chassis, but with open-topped turrets and more potent high-velocity guns, also entered widespread use in the Allied armies. Even by 1944, most M4 Shermans kept their dual purpose 75mm gun. By 1944, the M4 was inferior in firepower and armour to increasing numbers of German heavy tanks, but was able to fight on with numerical superiority and mutual support from growing numbers of fighter-bombers and artillery pieces. Some Shermans were produced with a more capable gun, the 76mm gun M1, or refitted with an Ordnance QF17-pounder by the British (the Sherman Firefly).
The original Sherman design included both cast and welded upper hulls. In the rush to increase production, it was noted that cast hulls could be manufactured cheaper and faster than welded hulls, with “a large saving on welding rod and labour.”  However, in October 1942, it was concluded that while conversion to all cast hulls might be advantageous, it was not feasible under the current industrial conditions. In that same month, the Ordnance Department in conjunction with the Chrysler Corporation, began design work on a cast front end that offered a partial solution to the higher cost of the all welded upper hull, since the front is where a good deal of the welding man-hours was spent. Also, the front casting was a fraction of the size of a complete cast hull, so could be produced by smaller capacity foundries, the M4 Composite (or Sherman I Hybrid in British terms) was created.
Product Highlights:
– Includes both low & high bustle turrets
– Options to build a British Firefly IC Hybrid
– Multiple mantlet choices
– Open or closed turret & hull hatches
– Tank crew figures included
283001  Log Fence Set #1 – NEW Scenery Series
Product Highlights:
– Ideal for countryside dioramas
– Each fence is 105mm (4.13 inches) long
– Each gate is 30mm (1.18 inches) wide
– A total of 180cm (70.87 inches) from a single kit
– Gate can swing open or closed
– Comes with scenic base
283002  Picket Fence Set #1 – NEW Scenery Series
– Ideal for small town dioramas
– Each fence is 105mm (4.13 inches) long
– Each gate is 30mm (1.18 inches) wide
– A total of 180cm (70.87 inches) from a single kit
– Gate can swing open or closed
– Comes with sign post & scenic base

801001  25mm Round Lip Base (pack of 25) – NEW Accessories Series

Product Highlights:
– Raised rim to ensure basing material stays inside the base
– Dimpled surface to ensure a firm grip of basing material
– Small holes on top of base to be used as pivot points for drill bits
– Also used as position identifiers to secure your pinned miniature
– Ergonomic design allows firm grip on the base when moving your miniature
– 0.8mm hole underneath correspond to dimples on the upper side to secure your miniature

801002  25mm x 50mm Round Edge Lip Base (pack of 10) – NEW Accessories Series

Product Highlights:
– Raised rim to ensure basing material stays inside the base
– Dimpled surface to ensure a firm grip of basing material
– Small holes on top of base to be used as pivot points for drill bits
– Also used as position identifiers to secure your pinned miniature
– Ergonomic design allows firm grip on the base when moving your miniature
– 0.8mm hole underneath correspond to dimples on the upper side to secure your miniature

801003  60mm Round Lip Base (pack of 5) – NEW Accessories Series

Product Highlights:
– Raised rim to ensure basing material stays inside the base
– Dimpled surface to ensure a firm grip of basing material
– Small holes on top of base to be used as pivot points for drill bits
– Also used as position identifiers to secure your pinned miniature
– Ergonomic design allows firm grip on the base when moving your miniature
– 0.8mm hole underneath correspond to dimples on the upper side to secure your miniature
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THE MOST NEW KITS FROM trumpeter FOR 03/02/2018

German Tiger 1 heavy tank – the late type (with antimagnetic armor) 09540

product description:
Germany's No. 6 tank E-type, usually referred to as "tiger" I-tank. It was because the German armored forces, in the months following their attack on the Soviet Union, had inadvertently developed the stubborn resistance of Soviet tanks, especially T-34 and KV-1. The tiger I was the first tank to have an 88mm artillery gun that has demonstrated its superior anti-aircraft and anti-armor capabilities. During the war, Tiger I was seen in almost all of Germany's frontline battles. It is usually deployed in independent heavy tank brigade. Tiger has a strong psychological deterrent to many opponents. Its design is complex, uses a lot of expensive materials and production processes, and production takes a long time. Thus between August 1942 and August 1944, only 1,347 vehicles were manufactured.

Product number 09540
product name German Tiger 1 heavy tank – the late type (with anti-magnetic armor)
Barcode 9580208095400
Product ratio 1:35
product type Plastic Model Armor Kit
Model size Length: 239mm Width: 105.4mm
The total number of parts 510+
Metal parts n / a
Etched parts 1 piece
Film film n / a
Resin parts n / a
The total number of offset 16 sprues, lower hull and upper hull
Date of publication 2018-02
More description The kit consists of over 510 parts
> the kit w / refined detail
> multi-slide lower hull, turret
> individual tracks
> zimmerit included
> photo etched parts included


Russia BMO-T special armored transport vehicles 09549

 

product description:
BMO-T is Russia developed heavy armor protection dedicated personnel transport vehicles. It is specifically designed to transport flame jet soldiers, armed with RPO-A series of portable infantry flamethrower. The vehicle is to support infantry and tank cluster, its main goal is to heavy fortifications. BMO-T entered Russian Army service in 2001.

BMO-T T-72 main battle tank chassis based on the development. Remove the tank turret, re-developed the upper staff room. BMO-T has the same protection and main battle tank. In addition to the front of the body composite armor, but also equipped with explosive reaction armor. The internal crew room of the BMO-T features a Kevlar-lined interior to prevent fragments of the interior from cracking when the main armor is pierced. Vehicles are also equipped with nuclear, chemical and biological anti-three anti-fire extinguishing system and automatic suppression system.

This heavy armored van uses a 12.7 mm overhead remote machine gun. The car can carry a total of 32 piggyback RPO-A "Kashmir" series of flamethrower, after the launch can be discarded.

The BMO-T has two crew members, commanders and pilots in the front, and a crew cabin capable of carrying seven soldiers in the rear. Passengers pass in and out of the hatchway on the roof or behind.

Product number 09549
product name Russia BMO-T special armored delivery vehicles
Barcode 9580208095493
Product ratio 1:35
product type Plastic Model Armor Kit
Model size Length: 200mm Width: 114mm
The total number of parts 900+
Metal parts n / a
Etched parts 1 piece
Film film n / a
Resin parts n / a
The total number of offset 24 sprues, upper hull and lower hull
Date of publication 2018-01
More description The kit consists of over 900 parts
> the kit w / refined detail
> multi-slide lower hull
> individual tracks
> photo etched parts included


1/35 Russia BMR-3 Armored Minesweeper 09552

product description:
In the early days of the war in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union started the development of a special "BMR" series of armored mine-clearing vehicles that specialize in the exclusion of various types of mines and explosive devices. BMR-1 was introduced in 1982 and BMR-2 was commissioned in 1985. The T-72-based BMR-3 armored mine-clearing vehicle was successfully developed in 1995 and equipped with troops in the same year.

The BMR-3 is equipped with a KMT-7 mine-sweeper that opens up the way for minefields with pressure-sensitive mines and floor-mounted mines. Drum mine cleared minefield channel width of 2 × 800 mm. The speed at demining is 12 km / h, which can reach 1 meter deep waters. Submerged equipment installed in the dive depth of 5 meters, a width of 1000 meters, the flow rate of 2 m / s waters. The car is equipped with a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun, the body has three shooting holes (one on each side of the body, behind the body 1). Passenger life protection supplies and equipment, including food, water, water heater, food heater, personal hygiene facilities and air-conditioners, allow occupants to work in the vehicle for 48 hours.

Product number 09552
product name Russia BMR-3 armored minesweeper
Barcode 9580208095523
Product ratio 1:35
product type Plastic Model Armor Kit
Model size Length: 298mm Width: 126mm
The total number of parts 1000+
Metal parts copper cable, brass wire and chain
Etched parts 1 piece
Film film n / a
Resin parts n / a
The total number of offset 26 sprues, lower hull, upper hull and turret
Date of publication 2018-01
More description The kit consists of over 1000 parts
> the kit w / refined detail
> multi-slide lower hull
> individual tracks
> photo etched parts included


1/48 British "sea fox" carrier fighter 05808

product description:
Sea Vixen is a two-tailed, dual-fighter jet developed by Hawker Sidley in the late 1950s. Is the British naval aviation first swept wing, with a complete system of weapons, with missiles as the main weapon carrier-based fighter. Its maximum speed can reach 936 km / h.

"Sea Female Fox" is the first British carrier-based fighter with a complete weapon system. Its AI.18 air interceptor radar was developed by GEC and has a range of about 32 kilometers. The pylon under the wing can carry up to four Firestreak air-to-air missiles, or a total of 907 kilograms of bombs. There are also two under the nose Rocket launchers, there are 28 50 mm empty rockets inside. Later improvements (FAW-2) also had the launch capability of Red Top air-to-air missiles and Bullpup ground-to-air missiles. Red-head missile is the development of flames.

In 1972, the last "Sea Female Fox" squadron was dissolved. The F-4 fighter introduced from the United States replaced its mission.

Product number 05808
product name British "sea fox" carrier fighter
Barcode 9580208058085
Product ratio 1:48
product type Plastic Model Aircraft Kit
Model size Length: 353mm Wingspan: 324mm
The total number of parts 140+
Metal parts n / a
Etched parts 1 piece
Film film n / a
Resin parts n / a
The total number of offset 7 sprues, lower fuselage and upper fuselage
Date of publication 2018-01
More description The kit consists of over 140 parts
– fuselage & wing with finely engraved panel lines


1/144 Japan Cang Long attack submarine 05911

 

product description:
Cang Long-class submarines for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force in the 21st century, the latest of a submarine, the first Cang Long (SS-501) by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe Shipyard responsible for the construction; is the first Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force mass production using special Lin Engine (AIP) system of countries. The Cang Long-class submarine is the Japanese in World War II, the largest tonnage to build a submarine, No. 1 ship Black Dragon and No. 2 ship Yunlong also inherited the name before World War II to build Cang Long and Yunlong aircraft carrier.

Product number 05911
product name Japan Cang Long attack submarine
Barcode 9580208059112
Product ratio 1: 144
product type Plastic Model Warship Kit
Model size Length: 583mm Width: 64mm
The total number of parts 40+
Metal parts n / a
Etched parts n / a
Film film n / a
Resin parts n / a
The total number of offset 2 sprues, lower hull and upper hull
Date of publication 2018-01
More description the kit consists of over 40 parts
– contains display stand


1/72 E-50 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 07124

 

product description:
E-50 dimensions in addition to the tilt angle of the armor plate almost the same as the tiger king. Armor plate with interlocking and welding body, making the body solid. The engine is a modified version of the HL234, a popular Maybach 230 with the Panther and Tiger King. The fuel injection unit delivers 900 horsepower and 1200 horsepower using a boost system. Tank fuel position, radiator and exhaust fan and Tiger similar structure. E-50 maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour, universal design collection parts, two models of tanks can be produced in the same production line, so the same kind of parts assembly.

Product number 07124
product name E-50 self-defense anti-aircraft gun
Barcode 9580208071244
Product ratio 1:72
product type Plastic Model Armor Kit
Water-paste coating Wehrmacht
Model size Length: 132mm Width: 535mm
The total number of parts 40+
Metal parts n / a
Etched parts n / a
Film film n / a
Resin parts n / a
The total number of offset 2 sprues, upper hull, lower hull, turret and tracks
Date of publication 2018-01
More description The kit consists of over 40 parts