Meng Model 1:35 - German Main Battle Tank Leopard 1A5 - Plastic model kit #TS-015
The Leopard 1 is a main battle tank which was developed in West Germany and entered production in 1965. The project was commissioned by the Bundeswehr in order to replace the M47 and M48 Patton tanks, already outdated by that time. The project had started as a collaborative program between West Germany, France and Italy, however the partnership ended when the first prototypes were built - Italy and France decided to focus on their own technologies. The German model was designed by Porsche. In total, over 4,000 Leopard battle tanks have been produced, excluding prototypes and anti-aircraft vehicles.
By 1980, several modifications of the Leopard 1 had been issued, however the series required further upgrade. The next version was the Leopard 1A5 equipped with the EMES 18 fire control system and highly effective night/bad-weather vision system. The turret was reconstructed in order to store equipment and ammunition into its rear. The tank was armed with new APFSDS (armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot) rounds.
The Leopard 1A5 entered service in 1987. Similar upgrades were implemented on almost all Leopard units that were in use at that time, and today the Leopard 1A5 is considered the "standard" version of the series.
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
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.
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.
The Panzerkampfwagen I was a light tank developed in Germany in the run-up to WWII. Abbreviated Pz. Kpfw. I, the tank was officially designated Sd.Kfz.101.
As Germany was restricted by the Treaty of Versailles in its military capability, the first tank prototypes were produced under the code name Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper which meant 'Agricultural Tractor'. The prototypes were armed with two 7.92 mm MG 13 machine guns and were used as training vehicles by German armed troops.
The Ausf. A was the first combat vehicle of the Panzer I series. Its thin armour and suspension problems resulted in weak performance on the battlefield. However, the improved versions were in military service during all German campaigns between 1939 and 1941 including the Invasion of Poland and the Battle of France.
Although the Panzer I models were of little use against even the lightest tanks of that era, they contributed significantly to the development of German military production.
Item No: 80145
Item Name: Pz. Kpfw. I Ausf. A Sd.Kfz.101 (Early/Late)
Item Type: Plastic Model Armour Kit
Release Date: 2016-09