1/35 Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.N s.Pz.Abt.501 Tunisia 1942/43 Est Arrival: July 2020

 

Dragon’s fantastic 1/35 scale Neo Smart Kit range is gathering momentum as it rides a wave of popularity. It’s therefore time to add another newcomer, this time is the final variant of the Panzer III family, the Ausf.N, one that’s operating in the hot climate of North Africa with the German Afrika Korps. Armed with a short-barreled, low-velocity 7.5cm KwK.37 L/24 gun, the Panzer III N was commonly issued to Tiger battalions. This is certainly the case with this Dragon kit, which shows a tank from s.Pz.Abt.501. The second battalion ever to receive Tiger I tanks, s.Pz.Abt.501 fought in Tunisia from November 1942 till its surrender in May the following year.

Receiving the standard, but exemplary, Neo Smart Kit treatment, this new item features Dragon’s Neo track links as well as a interior. The result for the market is the most accurate Panzer III kit ever from Dragon. Indeed, the kit is extremely well engineered in 1/35 scale, offering a sublime balance between accuracy and easy assembly. Dragon already offers a scintillating kit of Tiger Is fighting in Tunisia during the desert war, so this Neo Smart Kit could make the perfect accompaniment for a dramatic scene, or then again this excellent tank is good enough to stand on its own in a sandy and dusty Afrika Korps setting too!

11020 “Houston, we’ve had a problem 1/72 Apollo 13 CSM & LM AQUARIUS

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One of the most famous spaceflight was Apollo 13, which was supposed to be NASA’s third crewed mission to land on the Moon. However, after the spacecraft was launched on 11 April 1970, any lunar landing had to be aborted after an oxygen tank accidentally exploded in the Service Module (SM). Rather than landing on the Moon, the spacecraft looped around it and the three-man crew returned safely to Earth on 17 April. With a shortage of oxygen for life support and propulsion systems, the controllers and crew were forced to improvise to get home safely, a saga that has been dramatized several times in movies. Now, approaching the 50th anniversary of the event, Dragon has released a special 1/72 scale kit of Apollo 13 to honor the courage of those involved.

Model-makers can make either SM in pristine condition as at launch, or the SM after it had been damaged by the explosion. The latter version has an external panel ripped off, and part of the interior is visible. With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13 fast approaching, modelers can relive this dramatic episode in a unique way with a fine 1/72 scale kit.

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