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  German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Anti-Aircraft Gun - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 560, Ardennes, 1944 (1:72 Scale)
German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Anti-Aircraft Gun - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 560, Ardennes, 1944

Panzerstahl German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Anti-Aircraft Gun - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 560, Ardennes, 1944




 
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Panzerstahl PS88007 German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Anti-Aircraft Gun - schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 560, Ardennes, 1944 (1:72 Scale) "If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"

The Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind ("Whirlwind") was an anti-aircraft vehicle based on the Panzer IV. It was developed in 1944 as a successor to the earlier AA tank, the Mobelwagen.

In the first yeas of the war, Germans weren't interested in creating a good AA vehicles, as they had total air superiority. But, as the allies developed and began to use more powerful aircraft, the Germans realized that they must not only have stationary Flak guns, but also mobile AA guns to protect vehicle convoys etc.

The Panzer IV's turret was removed and replaced with an open-top, nine-sided turret which housed a quadruple 20 mm Flakvierling 38. A closed-top design would have been preferable, but this was not possible due to the heavy smoke generation of the 4 flak guns. Production of the tank was carried out by Ostbau Werke in Sagan, Silesia.

By the time the Wirbelwind was introduced to service, 20 mm shells were no longer very effective against aircraft; the Wirbelwind was soon replaced by the Ostwind which was equipped with a single 37 mm Flak 43. The armor and rapid fire from the four guns of the Wirbelwind was also very effective against infantry. One Wirbelwind was sufficient to pin down large numbers of infantry. It is believed that either 87 or 105 Wirbelwinds were produced during the war, but due to discrepancies between the recorded production numbers at Ostbau Werke and Wehrmacht service records, the exact number will probably never be known. In any case, there were too few of them to have any major influence on the war.

This particular 1:72 scale replica of a Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind anti-aircraft gun served with sPzJgAbt. 560 then deployed to the Ardennes Forest during 1944. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1.5 inches

Release Date: June 2010

Features
  • True-to-scale diecast model made from metal, smaller parts made from plastic
  • Fully assembled
  • Rotating wheels with flexible track (unique for 1/72 diecast models)
  • Rotating turret and elevating gun
  • Historically accurate painted and marked for s.Pz.Jg.Abt.560
  • Includes protective case for display

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind Anti-Aircraft Gun October 2, 2012
Reviewer: Eddie W. Daniel from Gainesville, FL United States  
Excellent detail and historical accuracy. The clear acrylic case cover is a big plus.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Nice Diecast March 15, 2011
Reviewer: John Hadam from Madison, NH United States  
Very well done model.  I appreciate the minimal amount of plastic on the tank.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Superior quality and detail December 24, 2010
Reviewer: Lawrence Jannon from Brighton, MI United States  
Panzerstahl is now my favorite manuf.  Great detail, the most metal content, and great quality.

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