Newly tooled T28 rendered w/details
Newly designed suspension system and realistically represented road wheels
T28 can be assembled in either combat or travel modes
On-vehicle tools reproduced
.50-cal machine gun w/pedestal mount on casemate roof
Cupola hatches can be assembled open/closed
Hatches on engine deck can be assembled open/closed
Round-shaped trunnions w/cast detail
Bolted connecting plate for mantlet
Aluminum gun barrel
Track-removal jibs reproduced w/crisp detail
Delicate cable guides molded on T28 side
Intricate storage box provided
One-piece lower hull offers easy assembly
Intricate upper hull assembled from separate pieces
Slide-molded one-piece hull body
Bogies w/plunger springs reproduced
Detailed sprockets w/fine details;
Idler wheels have detailed parts
Horns and protective brackets realistically reproduced
DS tracks reproduced w/refined detail
This must surely be one of the most astonishing kits from Dragon this year! The excitement begins well before modelers open their box lids to reveal Dragon's first ever T28 Super Heavy Tank! And when they do view the contents, their jaws are sure to drop! The T28 was designated a Super Heavy Tank, and this 95-ton monstrosity was designed to breach the defenses of the Siegfried Line during the latter part of WWII. The T28 featured a 105mm T5E1 gun fitted in a fixed casemate instead of a traditional turret. The frontal armor was up to 305mm thick, sufficient to withstand the famous and super-effective German 8.8cm cannon. To cope with the immense weight, the vehicle ran on four sets of tracks instead of the usual two. However, its 500hp engine was underpowered to handle such bulk, meaning the T28 was slow (a 13km/h top speed) and cumbersome (military bridges of the day could not bear its weight). It was to operate with a four-man crew.
Befitting such an impressive subject, Dragon's engineers have gone all out to create a stunning 1/35 scale kit of the American behemoth. Needless to say, most parts on this T28 Super Heavy Tank, except for the suspension, wheels and cupola, are newly tooled. New components include the lower and upper hulls that are created by slide molds so as to fit together precisely. The cast texture on the upper hull is realistically incorporated too.
The size of the model is simply overwhelming - more than 300mm long! The double track runs are made from brand new DS tracks, and the outer tracks can be detached just like the real ones should a modeler decide to opt for this configuration. The gun barrel is produced in aluminum. This was a monster of a tank, but Dragon has been careful to fill it out with sharp detail and easy-to-assemble components. The American T28 takes Dragon's title as the new super heavy tank of its 1/35 kit range!
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