Flak 38 Ausf.M Late Production Smartkit
Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts.
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
- Upper hull rendered w/beautiful detail
- New Flak 38(t) Ausf.M Late Production authetically produced
- Flak 38 gun accurately presented
- Sproket wheels w/breathtaking detail
- Gun sight w/well defined details
- Newly tooled hand wheels for gun adjustment
- Fighting compartment armor can be positioned up or down in travel or combat modes
- Modelers can choose to elevate 2cm Flak 38 cannon to any one of four positions
- Realistic gunner seat
- Driver's seat has crisp detail
- Transmission system w/excellent detail
- Finely detailed firewall
- Both locked and unlocked catches included as separate detailed parts
- Gun cradle offers great detail definition
- Slide-molded gun barrel w/hollow muzzle opening
- Special design for flak gun mount
- Engine-deck cover can be assembled open or closed
- Gun shield is molded to scale thickness
- Catches on inside of rear fighting compartment armor to secure it during travel
- Ammunition boxes w/fine detail
- Lower hull front armor w/great detail
- Engine exhibits delicate details
- Slide-molded one-piece chassis w/delicate detail
- Fighting compartment with full interior detail - reinforcement strips w/bolt detail realistically represented
- Idlers and road wheels accurately produced
- Round base plate with authentic details
- Detailed radio unit
- Spent shell case frame and photo-etched mesh included
- Spent sheel cases made from preformed photo-etched parts
- Engine compartment rear panel is sharply detailed
- Barrel case included inside fighting compartment
- Magic Tracks w/casting-number detail etched on every link
The Flakpanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz.140), officially signed into existence on October 15 1943, served as an interim anti-aircraft platform before the Flakpanzer IV was fielded. Based on the Czech-designed 38(t) Ausf.M chassis with mid-mounted engine, the fighting compartment was mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The Flakpanzer was armed with a single 2cm FlaK38 cannon of L/112.5 caliber, and was supplied with 1040 ammunition rounds onboard. As an interim Flakpanzer design, it had obvious inadequacies such as limited armor protection for the crew and a lack of firepower from the small main armament. Thus, BMM only produced 141 such vehicles between November 1943 and February 1944. Many of them saw combat on the Western Front in units like the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend." The top armored sections could fold down to allow 360 degree traverse of the cannon at low elevations. This also meant the weapon could be used against ground targets.
Dragon has created a Late Production model of the Flakpanzer 38(t) auf Selbstfahrlafette 38(t) Ausf.M in 1/35 scale. This tracked kit has some stunning detail, and features a highly accurate miniature replica of the FlaK38 cannon. The cannon can be displayed with the gun elevated at 0, 20, 40 or 60 degrees, and it also features new hand wheels and gun-sight bracket. The gun barrel is slide molded, which enables incorporation of a hollow muzzle. Just like the real vehicle, modelers can depict the fighting compartment armored shields raised or lowered. The spent-shell case is made from photo-etched metal, and Dragon's patented Magic Tracks take the bore out of assembling the track runs. This is a fine model of a late-production version of the Flakpanzer 38(t), and it will look impressive in any vignette or diorama.