Commanded by the Royal Navy, one of the most extensively modified versions of the Westland Sea King is the Westland Commando HC4. Its first flight was on 26 September 79, this high capacity and iconic aircraft was very used for British operations in both Gulf Wars, The Falklands and Afghanistan.
Following on from the formidable Tiger I, the Tiger II featured even thicker armour as well as the powerful 88mm gun. Making its debut on the Normandy battlefield, the King Tiger proved to be a formidable opponent although one which was mechanically fragile and very cumbersome. The early version in this kit features the Krupp turret, of which just fifty...
The Vickers Light Tank Mk.VI entered production in 1936 and was the culmination of a series of machine gun armed light tanks produced during the 1930s. At the outbreak of war these mainly reconnaissance focused light tanks formed the major part of Britain's tank strength being used in France, Greece, Malta, Crete, Syria and North Africa.
The most widely manufactured and deployed German tank of WWII, the Panzer IV. Robust and reliable, it saw service in all combat theatres involving Germany, and has the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war, with over 8,800 produced between 1936 and 1945.
The best known of all American tanks, the Sherman M4A2 was designed in 1941 as an improvement on the earlier Lee and Grant medium tanks. The Sherman embodied the results of careful study of tank warfare in the first years of World War II.
The 'female' version of the MkI tank was produced in larger numbers than it's 'male' partner due to the fact that the four Vickers machine guns mounted on the sides were found to be more effective in combat than the heavier guns carried by the 'male' in the trecherous conditions on the Western Front.
The Rocket Launcher T34 (Calliope) was a tank-mounted multiple rocket launcher used by the US army during WWII. The launcher was placed on top of the tank, and fired a barrage of 4.5inch (114mm) rockets from 60 launch tubes. It adopts its name from the musical instrument "Calliope", also know as the steam organ.
The Cromwell, official name Cruiser Tank MkVIII, was one of the most successful British tanks of the Second World War. Named after the English Civil War leader Oliver Cromwell, the tank proved to be an adept and rugged fighting machine and served until the end of the war.
Seeing widespread use in the West African Desert, the Matilda aquitted itself well until it came into contact with more heavily armed and armoured German tanks such as the Panzer IV Ausf.F. Later in the war the tank was used by the Australian Army during the campaign in Borneo, where it served until the end of the war.
Called the General Lee if fitted with the American designed taller turret and the General Grant if fitted with the British built smaller turret, the Lee/Grant was one of the first American tanks to reach the British during the Second World War. Used across the Pacific, the Lee/Grant led to the design of the Sherman tank, the Allies' most important and...
The Tiger I was produced from late 1942 as an answer to the formidable Soviet armour encountered in the initial months of Operation Barbarossa. The Tiger I design gave the Wehrmacht its first tank mounting the 88mm gun. During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts.