12.8cm Kanone (K 81/2) Model Kit

128mm German Antitank Gun (12.8cm Kanone K 81/2)ACE Models has announced the release of the 1/72nd-scale 12.8cm Kanone (K 81/2) PaK 44. See Catalog of Enemy Ordnance: 12.8 cm K. 44, Medium Field Gun.


Dragon 1:72 88mm Flak 37

New 1/72nd-scale 88mm Flak 37 announcement from Dragon Models: #60634: 88mm FlaK 37, Eastern Front 1942-43.

88mm FlaK 37 Eastern Front 1942-1943 Dragon Armor

Zvezda British 6 pdr Anti-Tank Gun

New 1/35th-scale kit from Zvezda of the British Anti-Tank Gun QF 6-PDR MK-II (Item No. 3518).

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Increase in Night Fighter Armament of the Junkers 88

U.S. intelligence report and photographs of the Ju 88 night fighter ventral gondola armed with four 20mm guns, from Informational Intelligence Summary, No. 44-29, Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Intelligence, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 1944.


The previously-reported forward-firing of armament of the Ju 88 night fighter version was 3 x 7.9mm and 3 x 20mm guns. Two of the 20mm cannon were placed in a ventral gondola. In a night fighter recently captured in France this armament had been increased by the addition of two 20mm in a streamlined ventral gondola. Front and side views of the 4-cannon gondola appear as Figs. 6 and 7.

Ju 88 Night Fighter Ventral Gondola 20mm Cannon


Japanese Model 88 75-mm AA Gun

Description of the WWII Japanese Model 88 (1928) 75-mm Antiaircraft Gun from Japanese Field Artillery, Special Series No. 25, Military Intelligence Division, U.S. War Department, Washington, D.C., October 15, 1944.

Model 88 (1928) 75-mm AA Gun.

Model 88 (1928) 75-mm AA gun is the standard Japanese mobile antiaircraft artillery weapon. It has been encountered more generally in U.S. campaigns against the Japanese than any other artillery weapon. It has a high velocity which makes it suitable for use against ground targets, especially armor. It has been used both in defense of airfields against ground attack and in a dual-purpose role as an antiaircraft and coast-defense gun. For antitank purposes it has the advantage of all-round traverse and the disadvantage of limited mobility. It thus can be quite effective when fired from ambush against tanks, but it cannot shoot and run.

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Fw 190 D-9 Weapons

Weapons diagram from the German Fw 190 D-9 Flugzeug-Handbuch, November 1944:

I. Beschreibung der Schußwaffenanlage der Baureihe D-9

A. Allgemeines

FW 190 D-9 Fighter Weapons -- Machine Guns and Cannon

Abb. 1: Gesamtbild der Schußwaffenanlage

Ju 87G Kanonenvogel

Ju87 G2 Kanonenvogel Bordkanone BK 37mm Antitank Guns

Original Bundesarchiv Caption: Sowjetunion.- Flugzeug Junkers Ju 87 G “Stuka” mit 3,7-cm-Kanonen FlaK 18 (“Kanonenvogel”) auf einem Feldflugplatz; PK Lw zbV.

This photograph file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license. Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-646-5184-26 / Niermann / CC-BY-SA. Via Wikimedia.


Best Value Models MG 151/20 Set

MG-151/20 German Cannon ErdkampflafetteBest Value Models (distributed by Azimut Productions) has announced a set of MG 151/20 cannons on late-war antiaircraft mounts, ground mounts, and Erdkampflafette. The 1/35th scale resin and photoetch kit includes a 2.8 cm wheeled mount, a Flakdrilling mount, and an Erdkampflafette. A Luftwaffe figure is also included.

See Also: 20 mm M.G. 151/20 (Mauser) Aircraft Machine Gun (Catalog of Enemy Ordnance), German MG-151 Type 15-mm and 20-mm Aircraft Weapons, M.G. 151/15 und M.G. 151/20 Drilling auf m. S.P.W. (Sd Kfz. 251/21) (Catalog of Enemy Ordnance)