Dragon Armor 1/72 Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr.3-5 Versuchsfahrzeuge
Dragon Armor Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr.3-5, Versuchsfahrzeuge, Germany 1940 Tank Model in 1:72 scale. This Neubau-Fahrzeug tank model features early war Panzer gray camouflage paint scheme with white balkenkreuze markings and the number “10” on the rear of the main turret. Molded plastic construction and measures approximately 4.75″ x 2″.
Germany’s first attempts at creating a heavy tank commenced in the early 1930s with a design known as the Neubaufahrzeug (“New Construction Vehicle”). It was not a success, however. Slow-moving and boasting multiple turrets, it was ill equipped for the type of rapid, mobile warfare that Blitzkrieg tactics required. For this reason, only five Neubau-Fahrzeug heavy tanks were ever built, the first two of which were prototypes. However, the three 25.8-ton series-production tanks (Numbers 3-5) that had been manufactured in 1935-36 participated in the 1940 invasion of Norway. They were deployed within a specially formed Panzerabteilung called Pz.Abt.z.b.V.40, but this was the extent of their wartime combat involvement. Their armament included a 7.5cm KwK L/24 main gun, 3.7cm KwK L/45 cannon and two 7.92mm machine guns.
Dragon Armor is offering an impressive 1/72 scale model representing the production tanks. Utilizing research and molds from the previously released plastic kit, this miniature Neubau-Fahrzeug Nr.3-5 is impressive in its early-war camouflage color of panzer gray (dunkelgrau). The camouflage scheme is enhanced with white balkenkreuze markings as well as a distinctive number ‘10’ on the rear of the main turret. This is a fine rendering of the NbFz, and it adds to the Dragon Armor items already available.