Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind"


Trumpeter 1/35 Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind"


by Jason Gardiner

 

Introduction

This kit by Dragon was built for a good friend of mine, whose Grandfather served on these vehicles in Luftwaffe service during world war 2. The Wirbelwind used a Panzer IV chassis equipped with an open topped turret.  Armed with a quad barreled 20mm "Flakvierling 38" cannon, it was deadly against low flying aircraft as well as ground targets.  The Wirbelwind had a crew of five being the driver, radio operator, gunner / commander and two loaders.

The kit is by Dragon and includes moulded on Zimmerit anti mine paste, was built out of the box with no after market parts added. Painted in Model-air acrylics with weathering done using pastels, pigments and AK interactive weathering paints.

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