Dragon Models 6728 1/35 Ardelt-Rheinmetall 8.8cm Pak 43 Waffentrager
Newly tooled handrail reproduced
Newly tooled transmission produced in separate parts
8.8cm PaK Waffentrager w/newly designed glacis plate and interior
Realistic 8.8cm gun newly designed
Realistic ammo mounted on the side of turret
Hatch in rear of fighting compartment can be assembled open/closed
Realistic radio power supplies included
Realistic gunner's seat
Radio rack made from photo-etched parts
Optional photo-etched covers reproduced on driver's seat
Gun travel lock can be assembled in either travel or combat mode
Slide-molded one-piece gun barrel
Hollow muzzle brake
Photo-etched gun armor skirt can be optionally assembled
Intricate gun sight offers great detail definition
Ventilation grill molded on hull front
Fighting compartment produced in separate parts
One-piece slide-molded lower hull
Individual tracks reproduced
Delicate idler wheels reproduced
Drive sprocket w/multi-part assembly to achieve the highest levels of detail and accuracy
Road wheels with precise detail
Suspension system as per the real vehicle; slide-molded suspension arms and springs
At the recent Nuremberg Toy Fair, Dragon excited modelers with a tantalizing look at a new 1/35 scale model. The upcoming kit represents a German design that reached only prototype status, but which is a fascinating subject nonetheless. The vehicle is the Ardelt-Rheinmetall 8.8cm PaK 43 Waffentrager. The conceptual idea behind this weapon system was a self-propelled mount for the powerful but heavy 8.8cm antitank gun, as towed versions of this gun were too unwieldy for crews to move readily. Ardelt and Rheinmetall combined to build the first prototype and tests were conducted on this Ardelt I. The vehicle’s engine was fitted at the front of the hull, which permitted the main armament – an 8.8cm L/71 cannon – to be fitted on the rear. It utilized a 38(t) chassis with four road wheels per side. An improved prototype (Ardelt II) was later produced by Ardelt and Krupp, but the end of the war intervened before production got off the ground.
Dragon's kit represents the original Ardelt-Rheinmetall prototype, and it's a scintillating subject in 1/35 scale. To suit the prototypical nature of the Waffentrager, the plastic model employs brand new upper-hull and lower-hull components. The open-top fighting compartment is filled with details, and the armor plates surrounding it have been carefully manufactured to achieve the correct scale thickness. Taking center stage, of course, is the massive 8.8cm PaK 43 antitank gun. This weapon is fully reproduced from the tip of its muzzle brake to the breech. All in all, Dragon offers modelers the highest-quality kit of this novel Waffentrager.
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