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Dragon Models 1:72 Armor Collector Series 60324
Krupp/Alkett Sd.Kfz.205 Maus Display Model
German Army, Boblingen, Germany, "Ready to Test" Diorama

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Krupp/Alkett Sd.Kfz.205 Maus   5.75"   2.5"

The final Maus model in the Dragon collection is the V2 prototype. It differed in many details from the V1, and in mid-1944 this vehicle received a Daimler-Benz MB 517 diesel power plant and the first production turret at Kummersdorf. Tests commenced in September 1944. The turret boasted a 128mm KwK 44 L/55 main gun and a coaxial 75mm KwK 44 L/36.5 coaxial gun. There was also a 7.92mm MG for anti-aircraft defense. The V2 prototype was dispatched to Berlin for the defense of the Fatherland late in the war, but it broke down en route near Zossen. The crew then proceeded to blow it up.

This Dragon 1/72 scale model shows the V2 prototype undergoing testing at Kummersdorf with its impressive turret. It is beautifully painted and finished, and is set in an attractive diorama setting as it descends into a concrete water tank. Interestingly, the Soviets mated the V1 hull and V2 turret at the end of the war and took them back to the USSR for evaluation. This Maus can now be seen at the Kubinka Tank Museum. But for collectors, this Dragon model is a lot more convenient to display than the 188-ton original!

Krupp/Alkett Sd.Kfz.205 Maus

Designed to meet Adolf Hitler's personal demand for an "indestructible" 120-ton super-heavy tank, the Panzer VIII Maus was prototyped in December 1943. Though fearsome in appearance, the Maus nonetheless proved to be an impractical design; the specs called for a Maximum speed of 12mph but no engine could be found that propel the massive machine to greater than 8.1mph. It was also too heavy to cross bridges, so designers had to create a system allowing it to ford rivers. The Maus had a planned production run of 150 to 200 but it was too late to help Germany win the war-by 1945 only two had been completed.

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Dragon's 1:72 scale Maus is masterfully replicated, with welding detail visible on its large, thick plates of interlocking armor. For maximum detail, this model has been constructed almost entirely of plastic, but discreet weights have been added internally to provide a heavy feel. Close inspection of this model reveals a number of highlights, including detailed engine intake, exhaust vents and electric motor cooling vents. On the underside is a maintenance panel and no less than 48 wheels with suspension details. Releases in the series include the V1 with mock-up turret, and the V2 with operational rotating turret and elevating 128 mm cannon.

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Dragon Models 1:72 Armor Collector Series

The Dragon Models "1:72 Dragon Armor Collector Series" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made plastic models of military vehicles. Dragon Armor tanks require no glueing or painting. Each model is an instant display piece or diorama centerpiece straight from the box and is 100% true to scale... these don't look like model tanks, they look like tanks!. Color, camouflage and unit markings are carefully researched for Maximum authenticity, marking the difference between and authentic scale model tank and a "toy" tank.

Dragon Models "1:72 Dragon Armor Collector Series" display model vehicles feature:

  • Molded plastic construction (some releases include diecast metal components).
  • Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull.
  • Painted, fitted, non-moving tracks and detailed non-rotating wheels.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Clear acrylic display case to protect model.

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