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V-2 Rocket with Meillerwagen and Brennstand, Gebatikt Camouflage, German Army, Summer 1943 

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Precision Model Art 1:72 P0324
V-2 Rocket with Meillerwagen and Brennstand, Gebatikt Camouflage, German Army, Summer 1943
World War II

Historical Note:


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The V-2 (German: Vergeltungswaffe 2, "Retribution Weapon 2"), technical name Aggregat 4 (A4), was the world's first long-range guided ballistic missile. The missile with a liquid-propellant rocket engine was developed during the Second World War in Germany as a "vengeance weapon", assigned to attack Allied cities as retaliation for the Allied bombings against German cities. The V-2 rocket also became the first artificial object to cross the boundary of space with the vertical launch of MW 18014 on 20 June 1944. Research into military use of long range rockets began when the studies of graduate student Wernher von Braun attracted the attention of the German Army. A series of prototypes culminated in the A-4, which went to war as the V-2. Beginning in September 1944, over 3,000 V-2s were launched by the German Wehrmacht against Allied targets, first London and later Antwerp and Li├Ęge. According to a 2011 BBC documentary, the attacks from V2s resulted in the deaths of an estimated 9,000 civilians and military personnel, and a further 12,000 forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners died as a result of their forced participation in the production of the weapons.

Mobility was key to the V-2 program. The rockets themselves were typically stored securely several miles from the launch site. When the time came, a rocket would be loaded onto a mobile launch trailer (Meillerwagen) and towed to the launch site by a prime mover such as the Sd.Kfz.8 12T Half-Track. Once in place, the trailer would raise the rocket to its vertical launch position atop a firing table (Brennstand). The rocket would then be aligned and fueled and its onboard electronics and gyros would then be set and armed. From the time the rocket was raised, to the time it was fired, about 90 minutes or more. Precision Model Art have a reputation for producing incredible detail in their 1:72 armor pieces and this V-2 Launch Set is no exception. This model can be displayed in transport configuration, with one or more of their equally detailed Sd.Kfz.8 12T Half-Tracks, or in launch configuration with the rocket deployed on the firing table.

**The sets are made of die cast metal and plastic as are virtually all PMA vehicle sets, but we can now put a finer point on it: the Meillerwagen transporter/launcher is made of die cast metal while the rocket itself is made of plastic (PMA tell us that was the best material to get the lines engraved as delicately as possible and to get a finer tip to the rocket).**

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The Precision Model Art range presents detailed, ready made diecast models of military vehicles. Precision Model Art diecast vehicles feature: Diecast metal and plastic construction. Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull. Painted, fitted, non-moving tracks on detailed non-rotating wheels. Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details. Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals. Clear acrylic display case to protect model.

Info: V-2 Rocket with Meillerwagen and Brennstand, Gebatikt Camouflage, German Army, Summer 1943

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