Self-propelled anti-aircraft cannon Flakpanzer IV WIRBELWIND COBI 2548 - World War II

Kit of German anti-aircraft gun on Panzer IV tank chassis. Assembled model has open revolving gun turret with four guns, opening hatches and engine cover. The package includes a figure of a German grenadier, a Luftwaffe soldier armed with a Mauser 98K rifle and a block with a description. Simply cut out the instructions to get a Cobigames collector's card..
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List Number: COBI-2548
EAN: 5902251025489
Warranty:24 months
Manufacturer:COBI
Price excluding VAT:734,71 Kč
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You know that:

  • The development of the Wirbelwind as a successor to the obsolete Möbelwagen did not begin until 1944, because at the beginning of the war the German troops, due to their air superiority, did not fear attacks by Allied aircraft on the rapidly advancing Wehrmacht units.
  • The original design called for an enclosed armoured turret, which failed in tests as none of the soldiers were able to last more than 60 seconds in a turret full of fumes from rapid-fire cannon fire.
  • The production was first entrusted to the Krupp company, which assembled gun turrets on decommissioned, broken down or otherwise battle-damaged Panzer IV tanks.
  • In April 1944, a film was made for A. Hitler demonstrating the Wirbelwind's combat capabilities, and after viewing it he ordered its immediate deployment to all anti-aircraft units.
  • After the bombing of German industrial plants, the production of the turret was moved to Teplice and the final assembly to the Famo plant in Wroclaw.
  • Only 5 vehicles were assembled in Wroclaw because almost all parts and raw materials for the assembly of the other units were missing.
  • In total, about 112 units were produced.
  • The soldiers called the tank's turret "Keksdose" (candy box) because of its shape.
  • The manually rotating turret could be covered with a tarpaulin in case of bad weather.
  • The wide barrel aiming adjustment allowed firing at air and ground targets at a rate of up to 1,800 rounds per minute.
  • The first combat deployment occurred on 12 June 1944 in Normandy, where the inexperienced crew managed to shoot down two Allied fighters in the first day.

 

Technical parameters:

  • dimensions: length 5.92 m, width 2.90 m, height 2.76 m
  • weight 25 000 kg
  • hull armour 20- 80 mm, turret 16 mm
  • power unit 12-cylinder Maybach HL 120 TRM petrol engine with 202 kW
  • maximum speed on the road 38 km/h (off-road 20 km/h)
  • range 200 km on the road and 130 km off-road
  • wading distance 0.8 m
  • main weapon 4x Flakvierling 38 cannon of 20 mm calibre
  • 90 magazines with a total of 3,200 rounds
  • secondary weapon MG 34 machine gun
  • crew 5-6 persons

 

 

 

    

Assembly instructions

Verze (série)05/2021
Recommended age10+
Scale1:29
Number of figurines2 pcs
Dimensions after assembly20 x 10,5 x 10,5 cm
Box dimensions45 x 30,5 x 6 cm
Number of pieces590 pcs
Package weight795 g
Obsahuje světélkující kostkyNo
MaterialPlastic
KolekceWorld War II
Compatible with other brand of kitsYes
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