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Dragon Models 1:72 Armor Collector Series 60156
Krupp/Alkett Sd.Kfz.205 Maus Display Model
German Army, Boblingen, Germany, 1944, w/mock-up weight turret

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

This version of the Maus features a mock-up turret that was actually used for vehicle testing and trials after the tank was transported to Böblingen in January of 1944. The Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus (Sd.Kfz 205) is the heaviest tank with completed working prototypes built during World War II. The basic design known as the VK70001/Porsche Type 2005 was suggested by Ferdinand Porsche to Adolf Hitler in June of 1942, who subsequently approved it. The design up to then had been the culmination of work done by Porsche who had won the contract for the heavy tank that March. Work on the design began in earnest and the first prototype would be ready in 1943 and was initially received the name Mammut (Mammoth). This was reportedly changed to Maeuschen (Mousy) in December of 1942 and finally Maus (Mouse) in February of 1943. Most of the life of the working Maus prototypes was in testing around Kummersdorf and at the proving grounds in Böblingen, but the V1 and V2 versions were also involved in one known mission in a combat area that ended in both tanks being over-run and captured by Soviet forces.

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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