Dragon – 7509 – Panzerfähre Fährendeck mit Gepanzerter Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. II

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Panzerfähre Fährendeck mit Gepanzerter Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. II

Panzerfahre Gepanzerter Landwasserschlepper is authentically produced
Support frames have crisp detail
Newly tooled Fährendeck rendered w/realistic detail
Fährendecke’s surface features fine panel detail
Chains links on front and rear of hull
Rivets on ooer hull are detailed and realistic
Extremely well-detailed spotlights
Commander’s conning tower intricately produced
Air intakes accurately presented
Detailed assembly w/3D-designed engine exhaust muffles
Well-detailed cable drum
Crane is intricately represented
Idler wheels w/correctly detailed parts
Sprocket wheels w/breathtaking detail and multiple delicate parts
Road wheels and suspension w/accurate details
One-piece DS tracks reproduced

Dragon’s 1/72 scale plastic kit of the Panzerfähre (PzF) Prototype Nr.I won the ‘Kit Magazine’ award in 2012, and a Prototype Nr.II kit soon followed. An exciting new variation on the theme is being released in the same scale, this time depicting Nr.II with a Fährendeck. The Panzerfähre was an amphibious tractor based on the chassis of a Panzer IV Ausf.F tank, and when working in tandem with another PzF, it created a floating ferry platform capable of carrying a 24-ton load. It could thus transport armored vehicles over water obstacles such as rivers or lakes. Unfortunately, because heavier tanks were appearing on the scene at the time of its development, the PzF never went into production because of its inadequate payload.

The new 1/72 scale set includes the PzF (Prototype Nr.II) released previously. The kit makes clever use of parts from Dragon’s Panzer IV models – for example, the wheels, suspension and tracks. Details such as hull rivets are delicately rendered, while slide molds are widely used to improve the quality of molding detail. Modelers will thus find the vehicle assembles easily. The other half of the kit is devoted to the Fährendeck pontoon, which is obviously a brand new tooling. For those modelers who previously bought a PzF kit, this new combo allows them to recreate a river-crossing scene with a full ferry complement. As illustrated in the box-top artwork, the finished item will look spectacular. Furthermore, this scale is ideal for a river or riverbank diorama.

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