NEW FROM Dragon Models

1/72 Tiger I Early Production '131' s.Pz.Abt.504 Tunisia 1943

ITEM NO: DRA 7500
EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195875006
SCALE: 1:72
ANNOUNCED ON: 2/24/2020
EST ARRIVAL: April 2020

 

The Tiger I sporting the number ‘131’ on its turret is a rather famous tank, especially since it is the only working Tiger I in the world. ‘131’ is housed at the Tank Museum in Bovington, UK, with this Early-Production Tiger I captured in Tunisia on 21 April 1943 after being knocked out by Churchill tanks during the Battle of Longstop Hill. This tank with chassis number 250112 had been shipped by Germany to North Africa in March/April 1943, where it served with the 3rd Platoon, 1st Company of the 504th Schwere Heeres Panzer Abteilung (s.Pz.Abt.504). ‘131’ gained even further fame when it was used in the 2014 movie Fury. Dragon has already released a 1/35 scale kit of ‘131’ (Item No. 6820), but now it is excited to announce a 1/72 rendition of this famed Tiger I.

Modelers can be assured of extreme accuracy in this faithful rendering of the original. The kit features new special parts such as the upper hull, Feifel air filters and brackets for S-mine launchers (Minenabwurfvorrichtung) on the rear of the hull. Even in this small scale, every detail was checked and fine-tuned to match those on the original ‘131’. Now, in 1/72 scale, modelers can precisely and conveniently build one of the best-known tanks in the world!


1/144 Morser Karl mit Munitionsschlepper auf Panzer IV

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ITEM NO: DRA 14135
EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195141354
SCALE: 1:144
ANNOUNCED ON: 2/24/2020
EST ARRIVAL: April 2020

The Mörser Karl, a German self-propelled siege mortar used during World War II, was a huge piece of weaponry. However, Dragon’s 1/144 Mini Armor series brings the Mörser Karl down to a more approachable size in its latest kit releases. Whereas Item 14132 represents a Mörser Karl configured for rail transport, this Item 14135 offers something different yet equally appealing. Because of the enormous size of the rounds that the mortar fired, each Mörser Karl was allotted 2-3 tracked carriers to move ammunition to the gun, which were used in combat from 1941-45 on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Each of these Munitionsschlepper für Karl-Gerät could carry four rounds on their superstructure.

This unassembled 1/144 scale kit in the Mini Armor series comes in either a dark yellow or panzer gray plastic color, so this can make the presentation or painting of the vehicles easier for modelers in a hurry. Furtherme, the kit provided the option of either a 54cm or 60cm mortar barrel. Though figures are not included, this mortar is accompanied by the aforementioned Munitionsschlepper auf Panzer IV, which comes with a full complement of four giant mortar shells and an extended crane. To complete the scene is a bonus length of railway track and a Flatbed Typ Ommr.


1/144 Morser Karl mit Railway Transport Carrier

ITEM NO: DRA 14132
EAN-13 BARCODE: 0089195141323
SCALE: 1:144
ANNOUNCED ON: 2/24/2020
EST ARRIVAL: April 2020

The Mörser Karl was a huge piece of weaponry that weighed a hefty 124 tons. The weapon’s bulk meant it had to be transported around on a special two-piece set of railcars for long-distance travel. Using this transportation method, the whole mortar chassis was hung between two pedestal-mounted swiveling arms borne on five-axle bogies. Dragon’s 1/144 Mini Armor series brings the Mörser Karl and the railcars down to a wholly more manageable size in the latest kit release.

That means the accurate model self-propelled mortar comes with the two special railcars and, indeed, it is depicted slung between them. The kit is available in either a dark yellow or panzer gray plastic color, so this will ease the job of the modeler should they be seeking a shortcut. To complete this impressive miniature scene, we include a suitable length of railway track as a special bonus. Straight from the box, model-makers can create a stunning diorama with one of the heaviest German weapons of the war. This item proves that small-scale kits can most certainly ignite the modeler’s imagination!