On November 1st, Doogs’ Models kicks off its first ever kit giveaway. Two lucky winners will receive two fantastic kits, voted on by you, the readers!
In the lead up to the giveaway, I’m going to be announcing the kits every few days. Two at a time. One aircraft, and one armor.
First up, we have two icons of the German war machine.
Aircraft #1 – 1/32 Cyber-Hobby Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 is one of the most iconic aircraft to ever take to the skies. The only aircraft that even come close are probably the Spitfire, the Zero, and the P-51 Mustang.
The Cyber-Hobby kit represents the E-4 variant that saw its primary action during the Battle of Britain, though it strangely comes with both bomb and drop tank parts, which hint at an E-7 variant somewhere down the road.
I have this kit in my stash and, while I haven’t built it, I can say from having inspected the sprues and the buildup process that it is an absolutely beautiful kit awash in detail.
Armor #1 – 1/35 Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.J Last Production
The Panzer IV was originally developed as an infantry support tank, but its larger turret ring allowed it to mount larger guns than the Panzer III, and it quickly took over as the Wehrmacht’s main tank until the Panther and Tiger appeared on the scene. When all was said and done, it was the most-produced German tank of the war.
The Ausf.J was the last variant of the Panzer IV produced, and featured a simplified design to ease the production process. It also swapped out the metal schurzen – thin armor plates hung from the sides of the hull to disrupt anti-tank and HEAT rounds before they reached the main armor – with metal mesh Thoma shields, which afforded the same protection with a much lower weight penalty.
Like the Cyber-Hobby 109, I’ve inspected the Panzer IV Ausf.J Last Production closely, and it’s a gorgeous kit that, in my opinion, improves on the Panzer IV Ausf.G I built earlier this year with some smart tweaks to the kit engineering. It also boasts actual metal mesh for the Thoma shields, and includes a jig for bending the PE frames to the exact right shape. Add some of the most striking camoflage any tank has ever worn, and this one’s a winner!
Stay tuned for the next two kits in a few days!