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Dragon Models 1:72 Armor Collector Series 60323
Krupp/Alkett Sd.Kfz.205 Maus Display Model
German Army, Boblingen, Germany, "Ready to Test" Diorama

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

At 188 tons, the Maus was the heaviest tank design to reach the prototype stage in WWII. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, it was suitable classified as a super-heavy tank. It's ironic that the name Maus means "mouse" in German! The first V1 turretless prototype was completed by Alkett in December 1943, with testing commencing the same month with a mock turret. A production run of 150 tanks was envisaged, but when the war ended a total of only nine Maus tanks were found in various stages of completion. Dragon has produced a scale model of the mighty Maus as it appeared in its prototypical stage. The original V1 prototype featured a weighted mock-up to replicate the actual weight of the turret.

This item has been carefully reproduced on the model, and the whole vehicle is finished in a monotone sand color. The 1/72 scale model is presented in a fully completed mini-diorama, with the Maus ready to begin testing in water at the Böblingen testing facility. The concrete texture on this diorama is superbly rendered in a resin cold casting. This Maus is ready for its driving test!

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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