WWII German 88mm Flak 41 Anti-Aircraft Gun with Crew 1/35Bronco Models
Due to the problems of defending against attack by high-flying aircraft the Luftwaffe asked for newer weapons with even better performance as early as 1939. Rheinmetall responded with a new 88 mm L/71 design with a longer cartridge, the 8.8 cm Flak 41, with a prototype ready in 1941. It fired a 9.4-kilogram (20 lb) shell at a muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s (3,280 ft/s), giving it an effective ceiling of 11,300 meters (37,100 ft) and a maximum of 15,000 meters (49,000 ft), which General Otto Wilhelm von Renz said to be "almost equal to the 128-mm." It featured a lower silhouette on its turntable mounting than did the 8.8-cm Flak 18/36/37 on its pedestal mounting. Two types of gun barrel were used, with three or four sections. Improvements in reloading raised the firing rate, with 20 to 25 rounds a minute being quoted.
The complexity of the real gun is only matched by the number of parts in this one by Bronco. Includes etched brass sheet. You will use up the first eight of forty construction steps building the basic platform for the gun. This is designed to allow the gun to rotate. It is here that you will need to decide if you want this posed in the transport or combat mode as you need to determine whether the grounding spikes are to be mounted on the chassis or not. The stabilization legs are designed to be moveable. You will also use a goodly number of the smaller bits from the well done photo etch sheet when building the table. The rest of the build is on the gun itself and that is quite involved. This is very much a complex gun with a lot of small parts. However, that is why folks buy kits like this one from Bronco, because they want the detail. They will not be disappointed. It appears that the gun can also be moved in elevation. Throughout the build, there are some steps that indicate whether you want it in the transport mode or not. The gun breech is very nicely detailed as well. The gun can be moved from the fire to the recoil position. A well molded gun shield allows the builder to have the aiming armor pieces open or closed.
The kit comes with a full crew, courtesy of a Dragon figure set. A number of options for this crew are included such as a rangefinder and carrying case as well as a number of shells and their transport boxes.
Instructions are superb with plenty of small detail illustrations, these being in color to help with placement of some possibly confusing parts. A nicely done decal sheet includes instrument faces, ammo box markings, and some 'kill markings' for one of the options. The markings options are basically differences in camouflage on the shield and barrel. The box art one has a yellow-green pattern. The other two patterns are dark green blotches and another has a scribble pattern in dark green.