Dragon 1/6 Schweres Wurfgerät 41 Rocket Launcher
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Includes both 32cm and 28 cm rockets|
Surprisingly, little could be found concerning this weapon on the Internet. Suffice it to say that this was an inexpensive rocket launcher that could fire a variety of projectiles, but most often, the 32 and 28 cm rockets. Often found attached to the side of German half tracks late in the war, these rocket launchers could also be used separately on the ground. These used an inexpensive tube framework to house up to four wooden rocket crates that housed the rockets. Though I cannot say for sure, from the looks of the box art, the rockets could be fired directly from their shipping cases.
Continuing with their very large 1/6 scale weapons, which are, I suppose, to be used in concert with their military figures, this kit is simplicity itself. There are three basic sprues of which four of them are practically identical and used for the rocket crates. The rockets are separate and two sizes are provided. Two are 32 cm rockets and two are 28 cm rockets. These can be displayed outside the firing crates if one so desires. Not all the sprues are shown as it would be incredibly repetitive.
The kit does not come with a figure, though I'm sure these can be purchased separately if one wishes. Instructions are simple enough and on a single sheet of paper. Thanks to the large scale of the parts, I'm sure there will be no problems during construction. A decal sheet (not shown) contains the usual warning and identity stencils or decals that were placed on the rockets themselves. From the look of things, it is steel for the frame and wood for the shipping crates with the rockets in a medium green matching FS 595 34102 according to the instructions. Paint references are with Gunze paints.
A kit that even the bare beginner can build without a problem. The large and well detailed parts should be able to be quickly assembled, painted and ready for display.
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