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.
Because its 2cm gun is effective against armoured cars and light tanks, but has no effect on heavy tanks, it is used to scout out routes of advance and to chase off enemy reconnaissance.
The Panzer II
Although the Panzer II had originally been designed as a stopgap while larger, more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II, during the Polish and French campaigns. It was the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions beginning with the invasion of France. It was used in both North Africa against the Western Allies and on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union.
The Panzer II was armed with a 2 cm KwK 30 L/55 autocannon. This autocannon was based on the 2 cm FlaK 30 anti-aircraft gun, and was capable of firing at a rate of 600 rounds per minute (280 rounds per minute sustained) from 10-round magazines. A total of 180 shells were carried.
The Panzer II also had a 7.92 mm Maschinengewehr 34 machine gun mounted coaxially with the main gun.
The Panzer II had a crew of three men. The driver sat in the forward left hull with the gearbox on the right. The commander sat in a seat in the turret, and was responsible for aiming and firing the cannon and co-axial machine gun, while a loader/radio operator sat on the floor of the tank behind the driver. He had a radio on the left and several 20mm ammunition storage bins.
Production of the tank itself ceased by 1943, but its chassis remained in use as the basis of several other armored vehicles, chiefly self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers such as the Wespe and Marder II.
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M3 Lee Tank Platoon (Plastic)
includes five plastic M3 Lee Tanks, one plastic Commander sprue, one Decal Sheet and five Unit cards.
In the build-up to entering the war, US Army planners knew they would need a 75mm-armed tank to overcome the latest German panzers. Of the proposed designs which could be produced quickly, none had a turret big enough to hold a 75mm gun.
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.