DRAGON German Kz 8cm GrW 42 Mortar Kit
Features - Bipod can be folded up as on the original - Adjustable mount allow different angles of Kz 8cm GrW 42 w/base - Adjustable mechanism allow different heights of Kz 8cm GrW 42 - Realistic cleaning rod and intricate 8cm mortar rounds are produced A new 1/6 scale weapon kit is hitting the streets. Item No. 75023 features a German mortar, a variant that is perhaps as not as well known as others that were employed in WWII. The kurzer 8cm Granatwerfer 42 (abbreviated to kz 8cm GrW 42) was developed as a lighter version of the standard 8cm GrW 34 mortar, and it was commonly referred to as Stummelwerfer (“stump-thrower”) by troops. The smaller size made it particularly useful for German paratroopers who needed a weapon that was easier to move around, but still offered more punch than the diminutive 5cm leGrW 36. It had a shorter barrel than the standard 8cm mortar (barrel length is 747mm), but it could still fire twice as far a round that weighed 3.5x the earlier 5cm mortar. Furthermore, at 26.5kg, it was half the weight of the leGrW 36. Maximum range was in the order of 1100m. Produced from 1941-45, the kz 8cm GrW 42 could be broken down into three loads for transport. Its effectiveness meant it served with Wehrmacht and other units as well as the airborne users it was originally intended for. Dragon’s 1/6 scale kit is an exquisite recreation of this German mortar. It mimics a working mortar in that the bipod can be folded up and the legs adjusted to whatever angle the modeler wishes. This working mechanism means the mortar tube can “fire” at different angles. The mortar is accurately engineered in plastic parts, but the kit also includes 8cm mortar rounds, plus a barrel cleaning rod. By offering all these accessories, Dragon allows modelers to produce a dynamic vignette with this mortar as the centerpiece.