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Dragon Models USA New Product Announcements - 8-2-12

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Thursday, August 2, 2012 Update for

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Cyber-Hobby Models Kits





1/35 German V-2 Rocket + Communications Center ( Orange )

Barcode: 0 89195 89140 2

Case Pack: 20 pieces per carton

Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 2.4"



- Bonus Communications Center


The Vergeltungswaffe 2 (“Retaliation Weapon 2”, or V-2) was one of Germany ’s wonder weapons, and it was certainly revolutionary at the time. It holds the distinction of being the world’s first long-range ballistic missile, and rockets were used widely against London and later Antwerp . Indeed, more than 3,000 V-2s were launched from September 1944 onwards, resulting in the deaths of some 7,250 people. The V-2 was also known technically as the A4, and it was the progenitor of all modern rockets. A V-2 could reach a maximum altitude of 88km before beginning its ballistic free-fall trajectory. One of the key designers behind the liquid-fuelled rocket project was Wernher von Braun. The 12,500kg and 14m-long rockets were constructed by prisoners at Mittelwerk, and they were fired from mobile launchers that proved difficult for Allied aircraft to target.


Orange Box has an astonishing 1/35 scale plastic kit of the famous, or perhaps infamous, V-2 rocket. This is an older Dragon kit but it has stood the test of time well, plus it includes a launch platform. Also, it is many years since Dragon’s V-2 was available, so this Orange Box release allows modelers to again get their hands on this important German weapon of WWII. To make it even more versatile, the set includes a 1/35 scale communications center that is crammed with a variety of radio gear and associated soldiers/radio operators. This set from the Orange Box collection offers unbeatable value for money.


AVAILABLE: September 2012



Dragon Plastic Model Kits





1/35 Pz.Kpfw.IV L/70(A) "Tank Destroyer"- Smart Kit

Barcode: 0 89195 86689 9

Packaging: 20 Pieces per carton

Box Size: 9.6" x 15" x 3.1"



- Newly tooled Pz.IV L/70(A)

- Newly tooled Vorsatz P mount w/MP44 produced

- Gun travel lock can be assembled in either combat or travel modes

- Realistic sight rail provided

- Commander's hatch can be assembled open/closed

- Gun mantlet made by 4-directional slide mold

- Superstructure roof rendered w/bolt detail

- Side-skirt armor plates can be installed separately

- Side-skirt armor w/photo-etched parts produced in metal for true-to-scale appearance

- One-piece superstructure made by slide mold

- Fully detailed brackets for side-skirt armor produced

- Realistic return rollers included

- Access hatches can be assembled open/closed

- Hatches on engine deck can be assembled open/closed

- Flame-dampening exhaust included

- One-piece lower hull made from slide molds

- Gun barrel w/hollow muzzle

- Periscope made from clear part

- Gun sight and hand wheels w/well-defined detail

- Gun breech fully detailed

- Side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surfaces

- Injection-molded fenders made to thinnest possible dimensions

- Both one-piece or separate periscope hatch provided to allow open or closed assembly

- Finely detailed rear hull made by slide mold

- Intricate OVM arrangement

- Extendable jack w/separate parts

- Sprocket and idler wheels w/delicate detail

- Resilient steel road wheels and return rollers

- Road wheels and suspension w/multiple components exhibit crisp detail

- Magic Tracks are detailed on all surfaces


Germany produced a number of tank destroyers in an effort to resist the tide of armor pushing against it on all sides. One of these designs was the Panzer IV/70(A). As indicated by its name, this vehicle was based on an unchanged Panzer IV chassis (specifically an Ausf.J) and it was produced by Alkett as an interim design. A total of 278 tank-killers were produced concurrently with the more common Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) from August 1944 to March 1945. A long-barreled 7.5cm PaK 42 gun was mounted in the superstructure. The nose-heavy attitude of the vehicle dictated that the first four road wheels be steel-rimmed. The vertical lower sides of this superstructure quickly distinguish this type from the Jagdpanzer IV/70(V).


Dragon has created a “killer kit” with a 1/35 scale version of this important tank destroyer! It’s based on the company’s Panzer IV Smart Kit family, but it boasts a great many new parts. As a Smart Kit, there’s a one-piece lower hull, convenient Magic Tracks and on-vehicle tools featuring crisp detail. The fighting compartment is made by slide mold so that no multipart assembling is necessary. The schurzen side screens follow the same design of those used on the Panzer IV J Late Production kit (Item No.6575), these having already attracted praise from modelers. Of special interest, too, is the MP44 Vorsatz “P”. This mounted weapon with a curved barrel could be used to protect blind-spots not covered by the mounted MG42 machine gun. The gun breech is fully represented, and it can be viewed through the open roof hatches. This Panzer IV L/70(A) was announced earlier in 2011, and the wait has been well worth it!


AVAILABLE: September 2012



Dragon Armor Ready Made Collectables



1/72 Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.C + 3.7cm PaK 35/36 Pz. Gren. Rgt 12. 4.Pz. Division, Kurland 1944

Barcode: 0 89195 60637 2

Case Pack: 24 pieces per carton

Box Size: 7.2" x 3.1" x 3.7"


Dragon Armor released a 1/72 scale model of an Sd.Kfz.251/1 Schützenpanzerwagen towing a 3.7cm PaK 35/36 anti-tank gun earlier. Now this fantastic combination is being reoffered, but this time the model portrays a different unit. Armed with a 7.92mm machine gun, the Sd.Kfz.251/1 transported and supported German panzer-grenadiers in battle. More than 15,000 examples of the Sd.Kfz.251 halftrack were produced during WWII, and this Dragon Armor item depicts an Ausf.C type, which appeared in mid-1940. Production of the Ausf.C featured a simplified forward engine armored plate, although its many angled plates still made it difficult to manufacture efficiently.


This 1/72 scale model features a halftrack and anti-tank cannon combination from Panzergrenadier-Regiment 12 of 4. Panzer-Division. The 4th Panzer Division fought on the Eastern Front before being trapped as part of Heeresgruppe Nord at Kurland on the Latvian coast in late 1944. The Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.C is finished in an attractive three-color camouflage scheme while the PaK 35/36 wears a plain sand yellow coat. It is interesting that this weak 3.7cm anti-tank gun was still being used at this late point of the war, and perhaps reflects those desperate days. With this release, Dragon Armor has come up with yet another inspirational military combination!


AVAILABLE: September 2012





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