Dragon CAN20102X German Sd. Kfz. 161 PzKpfw IV Medium Tank Series: Limited Edition German Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz Anti-Aircraft Vehicle (1:144 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
The Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz ("ball lightning") was a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed during World War II, which was still at the prototype stage at the end of the war. Unlike earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, it had a fully enclosed, rotating turret.
The need for a specialized self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, capable of keeping up with the armoured divisions, had become increasingly urgent for the German Armed Forces, as from 1943 on the German Air Force was less and less able to protect against enemy fighter bombers. Therefore a multitude of improvized and specially designed self-propelled anti-aircraft guns were built, many on the Panzer IV chassis, starting with the Flakpanzer IV Mobelwagen and progressing through the Wirbelwind and Ostwind models. The Kugelblitz was the final development of the Flakpanzer IV.
The first proposal for the Kugelblitz envisioned mounting a modified anti-aircraft turret developed for U-boats on the Panzer IV chassis, which was armed with dual 30 mm MK 303 Brunn guns (a configuration known as Doppelflak, "dual flak"). This was however abandoned as unpractical, as the performance of the MK 303 was less than desired and in any case the entire production run of this gun turret was reserved for the German Navy.
Instead, the 30 mm twin gun Zwillingsflak ("twin flak") 103/38 was used, which had also been fitted to such planes as the Henschel Hs 129 and Dornier Do 335. The rate of fire of the twin 30 mm guns was 450 rounds a minute. The Kugelblitz had the chassis and basic superstructure of the Panzer IV tank, on which a newly designed turret was mounted. This turret was fully enclosed, with overhead protection and could turn 360 degrees.
This listing is for the limited edition Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz anti-aircraft vehicle. Sold Out!
Length: 1-1/2 inches
Width: 1 inch