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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:26 AM UTC
A new variation on the 1/35 StuG.III Ausf.C/D kit is now available. It’s a kit of the Ausf.D variant fitted with tropical air filters and representing vehicles belonging to Sonderverband z.b.V 288.
This was a special deployment unit raised on 1 July 1941 and which drew together crack troops from around Germany. The unit was originally created to pave the way for the Deutsche Afrikakorps to reach the Nile and continue eastward into the Middle East.

In the end, despite Rommel never achieving the desired breakthrough, the unit did serve in North Africa with StuG.IIIs and it participated in battles such as El Alamein.

The vehicles featured pre-filters placed above the main cooling air intakes to counter the hot and dusty conditions.

Specific newly tooled parts of course include the cylindrically shaped air filters fitted on the rear engine deck. It can be built also as a normal Ausf.C/D as well.

Like the predecessors, this kit contains a complete 7.5cm gun with its mount.
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I just finished the Bronco DAK Stug,it wasn't bad,but I would have rather done a Dragon Stug any day.
OCT 18, 2017 - 04:25 PM
As you can see, this version has the filters mounted on the fenders......not raised up like the other version....
OCT 18, 2017 - 11:26 PM
Let the experts contend!
OCT 19, 2017 - 01:58 AM
Perusing photos indicate the air filters were in fact mounted both ways. That said the African StuGs all seem to have had theirs on brackets above the fender and air intakes. G
OCT 19, 2017 - 03:23 AM
The bronco version had both the brackets for the high filters,and the piping to put them on the fender.
OCT 19, 2017 - 03:47 AM
I'm a fan of dragon StuG kits.... And I've been hoping for a "DAK" StuG ever since Bronco came out with their punt. So, "Yay!". That said; I'll hope that Dragon offers options on the air-filter placement to reflect the photo evidence showing how they were actually done in north Africa. And... I strongly hope that the D includes those spare torsion-bars that photos show were mounted on the lower hull-sides on the "DAK" specimens. Hope springs eternal!
OCT 19, 2017 - 05:03 AM
Knew it was only a matter of time before dragon offered this version, hot on the heels of the Bronco kit, and yes I've been waiting! Let the drooling begin!
OCT 19, 2017 - 09:24 AM

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