German Krupp/Ardelt Waffenträger 105mm leFH-18 (Trumpeter)

This is the Trumpeter 01586 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘German Krupp/Ardelt Waffenträger 105mm leFH-18’.

German Krupp/Ardelt Waffenträger 105mm leFH-18

History

Towards the last months of WWII the Ardelt/Krupp designteam concepted the leichter Einheitswaffenträger 10.5cm IFH, which based on chassis components already used in the Hetzer and 38 D vehicle series with the aircooled V 12 Tatra Diesel engine. As only a minimum of protection was intended, the weight could be limited to 15 tons to give a higher mobility.

Till end of the war only few prototypes were built.

Source: Trumpeter website

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  • Hobbymesse 2015

Russian Heavy Tank, KV-1 model 1939 (Trumpeter)

This is the Trumpeter 01561 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘Russian Heavy Tank, KV-1 model 1939’.

Russian Heavy Tank, KV-1 model 1939

History

The KV type tank that research to manufacture wins in the competition of the heavy type tank from the factory of Kirov in 1939, ising named after KV-1.

First material in KV-1 types L-11s 76.2mm of artillery; July of 1940, the heavy type in the series of KV tank production be transfered by the factory of Kirov the 100 factory production, henceforth the KV-1 that produce all changed to pack better types F-32s in function 76.2mm of artillery.

Source: Trumpeter website

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  • Hobbymesse 2015

Russian T-28 Medium Tank (Early version) (HobbyBoss)

This is the HobbyBoss 83851 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘Russian T-28 Medium Tank – Early version’.

Russian T-28 Medium Tank - Early version

History

The Soviet T-28 was among the world’s first medium tanks. The prototype was completed in 1931 and production began in late 1932.

It was an infantry-support tank intended to break through fortified defenses. The T-28 was designed to complement the heavier T-35, with which it shared many components. The type would not have that much success in combat, but it played an important role as a development project for the Soviet designers.

A series of new ideas and solutions were tried out on the T-28 and were later incorporated in future models.

Source: HobbyBoss website

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Russian GAZ-AAA w/Quad M4 Maxim (MiniArt)

This is the MiniArt 35177 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘Russian GAZ-AAA w/Quad M4 Maxim’.

Russian GAZ-AAA w/Quad M4 Maxim

History

During WWII more than 2000 ZPU (meaning “anti-aircraft machine gun mount”) were in service of Red Army. One of them was triaxial GAZ-AAA truck with mounted quad M4 Maxim machine gun.

The first dedicated Soviet mount for anti-aircraft machine guns was developed around 1928 by Tokarev and was adopted for service in 1931. It was a base for mounting up to four 7.62mm PM M1910 (Russian Maxim) guns. This was also called a ZPU, although the name М4 was also assigned to it.

M4 Maxim machine gun has the device of compulsory water circulation and bigger capacity of machine-gun tapes — 1000 cartridges, instead of usual 250.

Using antiaircraft ring sights, M4 was effective in fire on low-flying planes (at the height up to 1400 m at a speed up to 500 km/h). M4 was also often used for infantry support.

M4 served the Soviet armed forces in all major conflicts until 1945.

Source: MiniArt Website

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German s.IG.33 auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw.III (Sfl) (Dragon)

This is the Dragon 6713 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘German s.IG.33 auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw.III’.

German s.IG.33 auf Fahrgestell Pz.Kpfw.III

History

The s.IG.33 auf Fgst. Pz.Kpfw.III (Sfl) was a heavy infantry gun mounted on a StuG.III chassis. The Sturm-Infanteriegeschütz 33B featured a 15cm s.IG.33/1 gun in its boxy superstructure. Just 24 of these 21-tonne weapons were produced by Alkett from December 1941 onwards. They utilized a StuG.III Ausf.E or F/8 chassis.

Five crewmen operated this self-propelled gun that was used exclusively on the Eastern Front. Half fought in the bloody Battle of Stalingrad from October 1942 onwards, where their heavy guns could effectively demolish buildings in the bitter urban combat.

The remaining vehicles didn’t reach Stalingrad because the German 6th Army was encircled by that time, so instead they deployed with the 23rd Panzer Division.

Source: Dragon Models website

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German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant (Tamiya)

This is the Tamiya 35 325-4800 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant’.

German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant

History

Elefant Defense – The German heavy tank destroyer Elefant was armed with a powerful 8.8cm L/71 gun which could knock out T-34 tanks at a distance of 2,000m, protected by armor up to 200mm thick, and equipped with advanced features such as a hybrid drivetrain.

It had its roots in the Porsche-designed Ferdinand, which was first deployed into combat during the Battle of Kursk in 1943. The lessons learned from that battle resulted in modifications including the addition of a commander’s cupola, a machine gun for infantry defense, and better tracks and the enhanced vehicle received the new designation Elefant in February 1944.

Elefants were deployed to Italy and the Eastern Front, where they continued to defend against Allied forces until the final skirmishes of the war.

Source: Tamiya Website

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