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Artitec 6870072 Highlights:
Model: Artitec's 6870072 1/87 scale German Wehrmacht (WWII) 88mm FLAK 18 is fully assembled and is painted Dunkelgrau and whitewashed for winter service. All the new Artitec finished models are highly detailed works of art. They are all hand painted and finished using the highest quality resin, plastic and metal parts. Add a few to your collection today before they are sold out. Models are made in small production runs so don't delay in ordering.
Prototype: The 88 mm Flak 18 was a high muzzle velocity Flugzeugabwehrkanone (antiaircraft gun) developed in the late 1920s for the German Reichswehr. Designed by Rheinmetall it went into mass production during the German military build-up of the late 1930s. The “Eighty-Eight” was the primary German heavy antiaircraft during the war, having a maximum range of 9,900 meters. While in use with German forces in the Spanish Civil War, the Flak 18 proved it could be used as a highly effective antitank gun as well as a field artillery piece. The Flak 18 became essential as an antitank gun against heavily protected French Char B1, British Matilda, and Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks, none of which early versions of the Panzer III and IV could counter. The Flak 18 could operate in the antitank in a limited fashion while mounted on its bogies but it was better suited when dismounted and secured, a process that took 2.5 minutes. The Flak 18 gun was updated and improved throughout the war and later 88 mm guns were purpose-designed as antitank guns and to be mounted in heavy tanks such as the Tiger I and II. 20,754 Flak 18s and its later versions were produced during the war. PLEASE NOTE: These models are all handmade and painted which makes every one unique. This means the paint patterns may vary a little and the detail parts like sandbags, turret tracks, antennas, etc. may also be arranged differently. This was also the case in real life. These models are very prototypical.