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Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.E/F (2 in 1)

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.E/F (2 in 1)
Publish Year: 2016
Restockable: No
Mfg. part #: DRA6434
Type: Miniatures Box Set
Age Range: 14 Years and Up

Description

The LT vz.38 was a widely produced Czech tank, though ironically most of them fought on the side of the Germans during WWII. After swallowing up Czechoslovakia, Germany saw the advantages of the Czech tank and continued production of what was to eventually reach approximately 1400 light tanks. Germany instituted a number of modifications during the course of production. Dragon has already produced 1/35 scale model kits of some of the famous Pz.Kpfw.38(t) family, but a new one is about to join the ranks. Dragon’s new kit is a 2-in-1 Smart Kit that allows either an Ausf.E or Ausf.F variant to be built. The key characteristic of these tanks was the increase in frontal protection by adding a 25mm-thick armor plate on the front, and also upgrading armor on the turret sides and upper sides of the hull. This modification gave a frontal armor thickness of 50mm, which was considered expedient after experiences in the Polish campaign in 1939.

Although it could be considered a variation of the Panzer 38(t) family, this latest 1/35 scale Smart Kit has a number of novelties. In keeping with the Ausf.E and F variants, frontal armor of turret, upper and lower hulls are all brand new moldings. Another key identifier of this type is large stowage bins on both sides of the upper hull. Since this is a 2-in-1 kit, there are optional parts like exhaust pipes and periscopes to suit both variants. Widespread use is made of slide-molded components, and expert kit engineering results in a model that is convenient to assemble. Various opening hatches enable the modeler to show off the fully detailed interior of the engine and fighting compartments. Dragon has recently launched German tanks like the Panzer III Ausf.F (Item No. 6632) and Panzer IIII Ausf.J Initial (Item No. 6463) emanating from the first half of WWII, so this new Panzer 38(t) addition strengthens the modeler’s German early-war tank fleet.

Models are supplied unpainted and some assembly is required.