Dragon 1/6 Panzerschreck Set
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
Panzerschreck (German: tank terror) was the popular name for the Raketenpanzerbüchse ('rocket tank rifle', abbreviated to RPzB), an 88 mm calibre reusable anti-tank rocket launcher developed by the Germans in World War II. Another popular nickname was Ofenrohr ("stove pipe").
It was given to infantry to bolster their anti-tank capability. The weapon was shoulder-launched and fired a rocket-propelled, fin-stabilized grenade with a shaped charge warhead. It was made in much smaller numbers than the highly successful Panzerfaust, which was a disposable recoilless rifle firing an anti-tank warhead.
Molded in Dragon's usual medium grey plastic, this one has all the detail one would expect from a Dragon kit. Though it is a simple one to build, all the needed bits and pieces are there. It includes a cloth carrying strap with a metal buckle. There is also a case that will hold two of the 88mm rocket rounds. The kit includes three so one suspects that the third could be carried loaded. A section of string is included to be used as a handle on the packing case. A nicely done decal sheet is also in there and is to be used for both the rounds and the packing case.
The instruction sheet provides several photo-realistic images that show the items already assembled, but list each part. Both Gunze and Model Master paint references are given to allow you to paint these what appears to be basically overall Panzer Yellow with Panzer Grey rocket rounds.
This adds another item to the growing 1/6 scale line of accessories for the Dragon action figures. So far, they have concentrated mostly on German equipment and I see from the 'things to come' that there will be a set that includes the figure as well. Even on their own, these kits will make into interesting conversation pieces.
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