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Meng Model Char 2C French Tank

Meng Model has announced a huge new 1/35th-scale kit in their “Tyrannosaurus Series” — Kit No.TS-009: Char 2C French Super Heavy Tank.

Char 2C French Superheavy Tank by Meng Model

The French Char 2C (known as the FCM 2C) heavy tank was the largest operational tank ever created. Developed during WWI, the Char 2C was only used for propaganda purposes in WWII. One tank, named Champagne, was captured by the Germans and taken to Berlin and exhibited as a war trophy.

5.5cm Zwilling Flakpanzer

From Dragon, a 1/72nd-scale model of a “paper panzer” on the Panther chassis, the Zwilling Flakpanzer: 1/72nd 5.5cm Zwilling Flakpanzer (Armor Pro).

1/72nd 5.5cm Zwilling Flakpanzer (Armor Pro)

Dragon Models: 1/72nd 5.5cm Zwilling Flakpanzer (Armor Pro)


Dragon Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J Kit

For July 4th weekend, a new kit poster from Dragon of a 1/72nd-scale early war Panzer III Ausf. J: Item #7372: 1/72nd Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J (Armor Pro).

Dragon #7372: 1/72nd Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J (Armor Pro)

Dragon #7372: 1/72nd Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. J (Armor Pro)


Char B1 Bis Kit from Verlinden

Unique new April release from Verlinden Productions: Item No. 2761: 1:35th Scale Point Blank Char B1 Bis (Tamiya). Description from Verlinden’s product page: We have never seen such a beat up French vehicle! (and we have been to a few second hand Renault dealers in the past) This WWII vintage Char B1 Bis is seen here includes five parts of the tank seemingly used for target practice. This can be used with a current kit or strewn around the deck in a diorama or with a smaller vignette.

Verlinden 1:35 Scale Point Blank Char B1 Bis (Tamiya) #2761

Verlinden 1:35 Scale Point Blank Char B1 Bis (Tamiya) #2761


Valentine with Short Track for Towing

Illustration showing the Valentine tank modified with a short track for towing, from the WW2 Russian manual.


Flak Suits and Flak Helmets

Reminders about the flak suit and flak helmet, from Bombardiers’ Information File, U.S. War Department, March 1945:


Flak suits consist of armored vest and apron assemblies. They are not personal issue, but they should be delivered to the plane before the flight and picked up afterward for inspection. You couldn’t carry one anyway, with everything else you’re lugging. Report to the pilot if you don’t find a flak suit in the plane for you.

Wear the suit when you approach the target area. It’s heavy but it’s guaranteed that you won’t notice the weight when the fight begins to get hot.

Note: Ask your Personal Equipment Officer to have a tab sewed on your flak suit for your oxygen mask hose clip.


The flak helmet is personal issue. If you have worn both your flak suit and flak helmet on the mission, you have a good chance of returning the helmet to the supply room personally after the flight.


New 1/35th Dragon Armor

Two new 1/35th-scale Axis armor kits from Dragon Models: No. 6639: 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. III (5cm) Ausf. G, Sd.Kfz. 141, Early Production and No. 6767: 1/35 Imperial Japanese Army Type 95 Light Tank “Ha-Go” Early Production.

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Learn to Recognize These Half-Tracks

Halftracks Recognition Poster

( Training Poster, U.S. Army Orientation Course )


Valentine Tank Illustrations

Front and side views of the Valentine Tank (officially “Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine”) from the WW2 Russian manual. The Valentine was supplied in large numbers to the Red Army.

Valentine Tank Side View

Valentine Tank: Side View

Valentine Tank Front View

Valentine Tank:Front View


Panzer IV Color Photo

Rare color photograph of a camouflaged Panzer IV knocked out in Normandy in 1944. From the markings and camouflage, the Panzer IV appears to be from the German Panzer Lehr Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.

Panzer Lehr Division Panzer IV in Normandy, 1944, WWII