Dragon 6445 7.5cm PaK 97/38 w/HEER GUN CREW (PREMIUM EDITION)
6445: 7.5 cm PaK 97/38 w/Heer Gun Crew
1/35 injection plastic kit with figures and multimedia accessories
Following encounters with the well armoured Soviet T-34 and KV tanks, the Germany Army quickly realized that it needed more larger caliber anti-tanks guns. One interim solution was the conversion of the numerous canon de 75 modele 1897 field guns that had been captured from France and Poland into anti-tank guns. This was achieved by fitting the guns onto modified 5 cm PaK 38 carriages and adding a new muzzle brake to reduce the stress the recoil would apply to the new carriage. Large numbers of these guns were assigned to the Eastern Front while others were deployed on the West Wall. Typical prime movers would include the RSO and Sdkfz. 10 half-track.
This releases is from Dragon’s Premium Edition range and features the previously released 7.5 cm PaK 97/38 (kit 6123) but now with the inclusion of Wehrmacht Heer (regular infantry) crew figures with rifles and PE, two metal rounds, and a dolly wheel.
The gun is made from approximately 56 parts most of which are for the carriage. The chassis includes the castor or dolly wheel, which was used to help with moving the gun and was attached to one of the spades on the carriage’s trailing arms. The wheels are the typical solid cast profile with raised ribs and the tyres feature the twin groves and a worn appearance which is in keeping with their being solid rubber. The barrel is made from two plastic halves and the muzzle break is integrated into these parts. The breaks’ vents are recessed indentations.
The kit correctly has the double skinned gun shield (spaced armour saved weight) and both skins are made from plastic with the bolt heads cast in place. The instruction sheet has 13 steps for the gun (line drawings). No decals are provided (which is consistent with photos) and the painting guide suggests overall dark yellow, as is often seen in photos. Other paint schemes were dark yellow with camouflage, and white wash.
The gun crew consists of five men wear uniforms typical of Wehrmacht infantry during the middle of the war, which is appropriate for the PaK 97/38. The figures were previously included with the 7.5 cm Pak 40 with Heer Crew (kit 6433), but now come with two brass coloured metal rounds, some Gen-2 personal effects and six Gen-2 Kar98k carbines (standard German infantry rifle) plus PE for the rifle and helmet straps. The figures have crisp detail for their facial expressions, uniform folds etc and have the standard seven body parts. A generous quantity of Gen-2 personal equipment is left as spares.
One soldier is a standing observer with binoculars, one a kneeling gunner, two handling the ammunition and the last is standing and directing the others. All wear the M1940 field jackets as seen by the pleated pockets and field grey collar, with kit attached to their Y-straps and waist belts (e.g. rifle ammunition pouches, M1931 canteen and cap, and bread bag). All men wear the widely issued calf length marching boots.