Afrika Korps Ju87 Stuka Dive Bomber Flight
includes two resin and metal Ju 87 Stuka aircraft, two plastic flight stands, two decal sheets and one Unit card.
Every major attack by the Afrika Korps was preceded by an intensive dive-bomber bombardment designed to flatten all resistance. Ever since the fall of France, the scream of a Stuka's dive sirens struck fear into Allied soldiers, heralding a deadly-accurate attack from the sky.
The Ju87 Stuka
The aircraft was easily recognisable by its inverted gull wings and fixed undercarriage. Upon the leading edges of its faired main gear legs were mounted the Jericho-Trompete ("Jericho trumpet") wailing sirens, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the blitzkrieg victories of 1939–1942.
The Stuka's design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the aircraft recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high g-forces.
The Ju 87 operated with considerable success in the close air support and anti-shipping at the outbreak of World War II. It spearheaded the air assaults in the Invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the Norwegian Campaign in the following year. In May 1940, the Ju 87s were crucial in the rapid conquest of the Netherlands, Belgium and France against all targets.
Under normal circumstances the pilot would locate his target via a bombsight window in the cockpit floor. Using a combination of pilot skill and automatic systems built into the aircraft it would then complete a 180 degree roll and dive at 60 to 90 degrees towards the target.
Once the aircraft reached the appropriate height the pilot would then release the bomb and initiate the automatic pull-out mechanism. Once the nose was above the horizon, dive brakes were retracted, the throttle was opened, and the propeller was set to climb. The pilot regained control and resumed normal flight.
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Desert Rats Bofors Light AA Troop
includes three metal Bofors anti-aircraft guns, three large six-hole bases, one base plug sprue and one Unit card.
The open desert offers precious little cover from the Stuka dive-bombers of the Luftwaffe. The quick-firing Bofors guns can be relied on to drive away the harassing Axis aircraft before they have a chance to do too much harm.
Desert Rats Hurricane Tank-Busting Flight
includes two resin and metal Hurricane aircraft, two plastic flight stands, one decal sheet and one Unit card.
Based on the Royal Air Force's most numerous single-seat fighter, the Hawker IID tank buster is nicknamed the ‘Flying Can Opener’. A Vickers S gun beneath each wing fires 40mm armour-piercing ammunition. Each is mounted under a machine-gun firing tracer rounds to aid with sighting, making them accurate and deadly.
Afrika Korps SdKfz 10/4 (2cm) Light AA Platoon
includes four resin and metal Sd Kfz 10/4 2cm Light AA tanks, one metal driver head sprue and one Unit card.
The Sd Kfz 10/4 half-track mounts a 20mm anti-aircraft gun on a cross-country mount, allowing it to operate with both tanks and infantry. Although the half-track is unarmoured, the gun's shield gives the crew some protection.
Afrika Korps Panzer II Light Tank Platoon
includes five resin and metal Panzer II Tanks, one plastic Commander sprue and one Unit card.
The Panzer II was designed as a training tank, but war overtook Germany's plans and they used it as a light tank.