Monday, August 13

Takom's two new kits with plenty of plastic in 35th & 72nd scales

Takom has sent pictures of two of their latest kits. Two sure to be popular models - with a 1/72nd scale M1070 Truck & trailer complete with a loaded D9 Dozer on the back. This is big enough news - Takom also has a "2 in1" with the option of either a 20mm Flakvierling MG 151/20 or the turret of the "Coelian" w37mm Flakzwilling 341. See them both in our preview...

Takom's new movers and shooters in 72nd & 35th scales

Flakpanzer Panther
20mm Flakvierling MG 151/20
Coelian" w37mm Flakzwilling 341
"2 in 1 kit"
Kit No: 2015
1/35th Scale
No Interior
This dual kit has the hull of a Panther with the anti-aircraft (anti-anything with those big guns) combination of either a 20mm Flakvierling MG 151/20 or a Coelian" w37mm Flakzwilling 341 turret.

Flakpanzer Panther mit 3,7 cm Flakzwilling 341
The development of a new anti-aircraft vehicle on the Chassis PzKpfw.V "Panther" began in 1944 at Rheinmetall-Borsig. As a weapon, a 3,7 cm Gerät 341 was planned, in a 360 ° tower with a pitch of up to 90 °.  The project was flagged Flakpanzer 341 or Flakpanzer V "Cölian". The project ended at the stage of a wooden tower model with a weapon system located on the PzKpfw.v Ausf.D "Panther" tank chassis.

The pictures below show the wooden mock-up of the AA tank that was never produced

Flakpanzer Panther mit 2 cm Flakvierling MG 151 (project)
The project was created within the framework of an acutely necessary program to develop new anti-aircraft tankers against fighter bombers. On the Pz.Kpfw.V "Panther" platform, an anti-aircraft set of four 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons was to be installed, according to the original plans, to be located in the new tower of Rheinmetall-Borsig. The conceptual drawing HSK 82827 was introduced on May 21, 1943.  Weapons were asymmetrically placed on pairs where the top pair of cannons was shifted to the right. This was to achieve a larger spiked area. The weapon gun should be within -5 ° + 72 °. The project was not accepted and priority was given to the development of more efficient anti-aircraft versions on the Panther tank platformwith 3.7 and 5.5 cm cannons.

A drawing of the proposed turret of the tank

M1070 & D9
1/72nd scale
Kit No: 5002
Designed by T-Rex Studios
M1070 Truck & trailer complete with a loaded D9 Dozer are the big subjects in a smaller scale from takom. It is astounding to me that this company would take this on but it is an inspired choice...
TheThe M1070 HET is a powerful tractor truck with an 8x8 drive configuration and advanced features such as an electronic engine control system to ensure maximum efficiency at all times, and an 'air ride' rear suspension to ensure all axles remain in contact with the ground at all times while smoothing out the worst round terrain shocks to the chassis frame. To assist traction further, across rough terrain, another standard feature is a central tyre inflation system (CTIS). Unlike the previous transporters, the M1070 is designed to carry both the tank and its crew.
The D9 Dozer bulldozer is a commercial design, which is produced since 1955. It was designed and built in the United States. Since its introduction, it has been constantly improved. The Caterpillar does not manufacture any special militarized version of this bulldozer. However, this versatile earthmoving machine is employed for military applications. The US Army used Caterpillar D9 bulldozers during the Vietnam War and in the Desert Storm campaigns. Transported often by the M1070, these are a perfectly natural pairing of mobility in a big truck and earth moving power int he D9 Dozer.

Both of these kits will soon be available from Takom