In the early 1930's engineers were concerned about the downfalls of the tanks produced at that time: the tracks became damaged extremely fast during long off-road driving and destroyed roadbeds. Fully-tracked tanks also moved rather slowly which made their transportation unbearable.
The solution seemed to be wheeled caterpillar tanks that were supposed to use wheels when driving along public roads, and tracks in off-road environments. In the Soviet Union the idea was realised in 1935 when the T-37B prototype was built and tested. However, it showed poor performance and revealed a number of irreparable defects. Consequently, the T-37B was never used in combat.
Item No: 83821
Item Name: Soviet T-37B Amphibious Light Tank
Item Type: Static kit
Model Dimension: Length 109.8mm, Width 59mm
Total Plastic Parts: 320+ pcs
Total Sprues: 16 sprues, lower hull
Photo Etched Parts: 1 piece
Release Date: 2014-11
- The kit consists of over 320 parts
- Multi-directional slide molded turret and lower hull
- Photo-etched parts included
- 196 individual track links
Academy 1:35 - German Pz. Kpfw. VI Tiger I (Early version, with interior) - Plastic model kit #13239 (Replaces ACA01348)
The Tiger I, a German heavy tank of World War II, was deployed from 1942 in Africa and Europe commonly in independent heavy tank battalions with the designation Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E often shortened to Tiger. The Tiger I gave the Wehrmacht its first armoured fighting vehicle that used the KwK 36 88-mm gun. In total 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944. Production was over time phased out in favour of the Tiger II.
The Tiger I has been called an excellent design for its time, however it was over-engineered, using expensive materials and labour-intensive production methods. The Tiger was prone to some types of track failures and breakdowns, and had limited range given its high fuel consumption. It was expensive to run, but normally mechanically reliable. It was also difficult to transport, and vulnerable to immobilisation when mud, ice and snow froze between its overlapping and interleaved Schachtellaufwerk-pattern road wheels, often causing them to jam. This was a problem on the Eastern Front in the muddy rasputitsa (semi-annual mud seasons) and winter weather conditions.
The tank was named "Tiger" by Ferdinand Porsche, and the Roman numeral was added after the later Tiger II entered production. The early designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung H (‘‘Panzer VI version H’’, abbreviated PzKpfw VI Ausf. H) where 'H' denoted Henschel as the designer/manufacturer. It was given ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 182. The tank was later redesignated as PzKpfw VI Ausf. E in March 1943, with ordnance inventory designation SdKfz 181.
Tigers had a crew of 5. They could travel up to 23mph on roads and were powered by the Maybach 21, 353cc V-12 engines that delivered 642hp.
Miniart 1:35 - Pz.Kpfw III/IV Early Type Track Links - Plastic model kit #35235
These workable track links are suitable for the following tank models:
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.A
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.B
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.C
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.D
(Each track link contains 96-98 tracks)
Stug III Ausf.A
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.E
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf.F
(Each track link contains 94 tracks)
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.A
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.B
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.C
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.D
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf.E
(Each track link contains 101 tracks)
The kit contains 721 parts for the assembly of Pz.Kpfw III/IV track links.
Box: 260mm x 162mm x 35mm
The Schwimmwagen Type 166 was an amphibious four-wheel drive off-roader produced by Volkswagen and extensively used by German ground forces during WWII. The Type 166 was made smaller than its prototypes in order to improve the vehicle's efficiency, and had a wheel-base of only 200 cm. From 1941 to 1944, over 15,500 Type 166 Schwimmwagen cars were produced, which made the VW 166 the most mass-produced amphibious car in history.
The kit includes parts for the assembly of one vehicle with a driver. Certain accessories pictured are not included.
Meng Model 1:35 - King Tiger Sd.Kfz.182 (Henschel Turret) - Plastic model kit #TS-031
The Tiger II was a German heavy tank of WW2. Its official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, often shortened to Tiger B. It is also known under the informal name Königstiger ("Bengal Tiger"), often translated as King Tiger or Royal Tiger by Allied troops. The initial design of the Tiger II was developed in 1937 by the Henschel company. Another design was developed by Porsche in 1939, but it was declined due to higher production costs.
Based on the Tiger I, the Tiger II combined the thick armour of its predecessor and the sloped armour of the Panther medium tank. The tank weighed almost seventy tonnes, it was protected by 100 - 180mm of armour at the front, and was armed with the long barrelled Kampfwagenkanone 8.8cm 43 L/71 gun which proved to be efficient against all Allied tanks.
The Tiger II first saw combat during the Battle of Normandy in 1944. Fortunately for the Allies, German plants were severely disrupted by Allied bombing, so a relatively small number of Tiger II's were built. Mass production ran from 1944 to the end of the war and only 492 units were produced during that period.
The kit includes parts for the King Tiger Sd.Kfz.182 heavy tank with two different gun mantlets.