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88mm Flak 36

by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]

Since I am certainly no expert on the German Flak 36, I will try to keep this review more of an "overview" than a critical review of the kit. I have of course built the Tamiya Flak 36/37 mobile 88mm gun, but that was back in the 70's. This kit is a much needed update complete with metal barrels & shells, brass photo-etch, wire, decals, and lots of plastic (589 pieces in all). From the photos I took you can see Dragon's typical high-level of detail for their current new releases.

barrels

Since the kit includes separate parts for a plastic barrel, I am assuming that the metal barrel upgrades were added as an after-thought. But they are certainly a much welcomed addition. The (2) barrels included can make either a Type 18 barrel or a 2-piece Type 36 barrel, which give the kit its effective 1939-1945 date range.

instructions

The 10-page manual is also well detailed and includes 6 different camo paint schemes. I am not sure the release date in Europe or Asia but the manual has a 2005 date and was put together by Dragon Europe in Graz, Austria.

pricing

At a list price of $35 USD, this kit is certainly competitive with the older Tamiya release which generally runs in the $20 neighborhood with no PE or metal barrels. I will leave it to more experienced Axis reference modelers to critique the difference between them and the real thing. Stay-tuned... we should have a more detailed build review coming soon.




SUMMARY
The first newly tooled kit of the Flak 36 since Tamiya released theirs in the 1970's.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 6260
  Suggested Retail: $34.95
  PUBLISHED: May 15, 2005
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.19%

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  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260
  • Dragon/DML 88mm Flak 36 (1:35) No: 6260