1:72 Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind

1:72 Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind
Brand: Hasegawa
Product Code: HMT48

Recommended Age:14+
1:72 Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind

German Anti Aircraft Tank - Wirbelwind - 'Whirlwind'

The Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" (Whirlwind in English) was a German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun based on the Panzer IV tank. It was developed in 1944 as a successor to the earlier Möbelwagen self-propelled anti-aircraft gun.

The Panzer IV's turret was removed and replaced with an open-top, nine-sided turret which housed a quadruple 2 cm Flakvierling 38 L/112.5. A closed-top design would have been preferable, but this was not possible due to the heavy smoke generated by the four anti-aircraft guns. The shape of the turret earned it the nickname Keksdose ("Biscuit Tin"). Production of the tank was carried out by Ostbau Werke in Sagan, Silesia. However, in combat the 2 cm shells were felt to be insufficiently effective against aircraft, and so a more powerful successor was produced which eventually replaced it. Known as the Flakpanzer IV Ostwind (East Wind), the successor was equipped with a single 3.7 cm Flak 43.

Kit Features:

  • Skill Level 3
  • Length: 3.3 in (83 mm)
  • Width: 1.6 in (41 mm)
  • Age 14+

Plastic Model kit which requires paint and glue to complete.