One of the main attractions of Tamiyas 1/48 Military Minature Series is how easily the kits can
be integrated into dioramas, especially ones that involve aircraft of the same scale. With the
addition of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind, Tamiya gives modelers yet another interesting subject
for such projects.
As the Luftwaffe lost air superiority, Allied fighter-bombers proved to be an increasingly dangerous
threat to the German army, and plans were developed to produce a purpose-built mobile antiaircraft
platform to protect the ground units from air attack. The Wirbelwind was based on the
proven Pz.kpfw.IV chassis and featured a uniquely-shaped open turret with 9 side panels. Armed
with quadruple 20mm Flak 38 L/112.5 fast-firing cannons, it was able to make life difficult for
low-flying Allied planes that got in its range as well as provide direct fire support for ground
troops. Due to material shortages, production was hampered and there were never enough of
these vehicles to go around.
- High quality 1/48 scale assembly model kit of the Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind.
- Distinctively-shaped open turret accurately reproduced with interior details.
- Quad 20mm guns with gun sight can be elevated to various angles, allowing for more diorama
- Diecast chassis for added weight and realism.
- Tank treads are assembly type, with the upper section featuring realistic sag effect.
- 4 figures and two types of markings included.