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German Z-38 Destroyer - Smart Kit
Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts.

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Manufacturer: Dragon Models
Stock Number: DML 7134
Scale: 1/700
View all products of type "1936A Narvik Class"

This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.

  • One waterline or one full-hull version can be assembled
  • Accurate workboat stowage and captain's boat are included
  • Upper hull w/undercut details realistically represented
  • Detailed funnels w/photo-etched funnel cap grills
  • Intricate bridge rendered w/authentic details
  • Photo-etched FuMO 27 radar rendered accurately
  • Sumatra radar faithfully replicated
  • 3m rangerfinders produced w/finest details
  • Square life rafts are realistically produced
  • 53.3cm torpedo launcher molded
  • Delicate winch and detailed mine rails are accurately replicated
  • Realistically detailed slide-molded gun barrels w/hollow ends
  • Slide-molded 15cm twin turret
  • 12.7cm single-gun turret delicately reproduced
  • 3-directional slide-molded twin 15cm gun turret
  • Single AA gun w/finest details
  • Well-crafted 2cm Naval-vierling
  • 3.7cm twin AA gun w/fine details
Germany produced a total of 15 Zerstorer 1936A-class destroyers, which the Allies referred to as the Narvik class. They were actually closer in size to a light cruiser than a destroyer, and they were known only by their hull numbers and didn't receive any name. They sported powerful 5.9-inch guns, with the last three destroyers constructed by F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG in Kiel. Z38 was the penultimate destroyer of the class after being commissioned on 20 March 1943. One of its first combat missions was to escort the Scharnhorst battleship, and near the end of the war it operated in the Baltic Sea as German forces retreated. Z38 had a combat displacement of 3,691 tons and required a crew of 330 sailors. After WWII it was seized by the UK and used as a test ship under the name Nonsuch before being scrapped in 1950.

Dragon has earlier offered 1/700 scale kits of the Z31 and Z39 destroyers, and they're now being joined by their sister Z38. This new kit comes the accurate bridge and aft platform of Z-38. As with Dragon's earlier destroyers, this kit is produced with the highest levels of engineering and molding excellence. The destroyer can be assembled as a full-hull or waterline-hull kit, while a comprehensive selection of photo-etched parts are available to upgrade the sophisticated plastic components. This is a stunning kit, and when the Z31, Z38 and Z39 trio is alongside, they allow modelers to discern the development process of this important class of Kriegsmarine warship.

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