Wednesday October 18, 2017

Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind - s.Pz.jg.Abt.654 Alsace 1945

Item number: 88008

Status: sold out!

Scale: 1/72

About the model:
* 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 elevatable gun
* historically accurate painted and marked for s.Pz.Jg.Abt.654
* including protective case for display
* package comes with open window display
* limited production!

 

About the original:
The Flakpanzer "Wirbelwind" was based on a Panzer IV hull on which a nine-sided turret was placed that protected the 20mm Flakvierling and its crew. It was built at the "Ostbau-Sagan" facilities from September 1944 until Macrh 1945. In this time 122 Wirbelwind were completed and issued to Pz.Fla.Züge of Pt.Rgt. and Pz-Brig.
The engine was the 272HP Maybach HL120TR112 which allowed a maximum speed of 38km/h on street. The Wirbelwind was 5.92m long, 2.90m wide and 2.76m high. It weighted 22 tons.
The s.Pz.Jg.Abt.654 was originally formed as Panzerabwehr Abteilung (mot) 654 in August 1939. From 1943 it served at the Eastern Front and turned to France in Augist 1943. Fought in Normandy, Operation Nordwind and the Remagen Sector.

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