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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
- Newly tooled turret w/MG reproduced
- Rare & idiosyncratic Neubau-fahrzeug Nr 3-5 perfectly recreated
- Turret side hatches can be assembled open/closed
- Slide-molded upper hull produced w/intricate details
- Hull bottom has full and correct details
- Slide-molded turret for maximum detail
- Delciate 7.5cm KwK L/24 and 3.7KwK L/45 produced
- Movable, upgraded frontal MG
- Turret can be rotated at different angles
- Realistic U-shaped metal tow hooks
- Intricate ventilator w/photo-etched parts
- Intricate antenna included
- Complicated exhaust system accurately recreated
- Delicate engine deck reproduced
- Side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surfaces
- Injection-molded fenders made to thinnest possible dimensions
- Injection-molded on-vehicle tools
- Delicate suspension system
- Drive sprocket accurately recreated
- Front idler wheels w/details on both sides
- Delicate 38cm track produced
Germany's first attempt at creating a heavy tank was the Neubau-Fahrzeug (literally, "New Construction Vehicle"), although the design was in fact too ponderous for the blitzkrieg tactics that were being developed. Nevertheless, a total of five vehicles were made, and three of them saw combat in Norway in 1940. The multi-turreted Neubau-Fahrzeug was conceived in 1933, with the main armaments being a 7.5cm KwK L/24 gun and coaxial 3.7cm KwK L/45 gun. There were two other turrets fitted front and rear with machine guns. While the Neubau-Fahrzeug offered good propaganda value, the vehicle operated by a six-man crew wasn't truly effective in combat. Three tanks fought in a specially created Panzerabteilung in Norway, although one was demolished after getting stuck in a swamp. By 1942, all these heavy tanks had been scrapped.
Modelers were pleased with the second prototype Nr.2 that was released in March 2011. However, modelers have been clamoring for a follow-up kit depicting the third to fifth prototypes. This kit version was obviously going to be the most popular because of the fact that the Nr.3-5 vehicles actually saw combat in Norway. There are a number of brand new parts specifically for this kit, including the main turret, cupola and front and rear machine gun turrets. The upper hull and fenders are also new. Furthermore, Cartograf has provided high-quality decals of the distinctive white elephant markings that appeared on the Nr.3 tank. Equipped with these markings, modelers can produce a standout model of the most memorable Neubau-Fahrzeug tank of all, one that saw real combat! The contents of this finely engineered kit are squeezed into a box that features the stunning artwork of Ron Volstad on the top. Indeed, the image shows a Neubau-Fahrzeug set against an appropriate Norwegian backdrop. For modelers desiring a rare but real German tank, this kit is the answer!