Flakpanzer Gepard "Cheetah anti-aircraft tank" 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Altaya

$ 19.99

1:72 Scale Metal Diecast – Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard ("anti-aircraft cannon tank Cheetah", better known as the Flakpanzer Gepard) - Length: 4.5" (from end of vehicle to tip of the guns) Width: 1.75”

 

This Flakpanzer Patton tank model's upper body is made of metal while everything else is made of plastic. The tracks are made of rubber and are fitted, however they do not move. The coloring and markings are accurate and realistic.

 

For this particular model the turret can rotate and the guns can elevate. Moreover, the radar piece comes as a SEPARATE PIECE, one needs to be very careful when opening the package as the radar piece is not attached to the vehicle and instead it's held in place by a plastic insert. The radar piece has to little pegs which are to be mated to two holes located on the rear of the turret.

 

The maker of the model, Altaya (a division of DeAgostini), really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp. These models have different details engraved such as doors, hatches, panels, lights, ports, antennas, machine guns, ropes, shovels, etc; all of these done with high accuracy and proportion. When they are painted in different color, say for example, shovels and ropes, they are indeed painted accurately. Depending on the particular type of tank, some will have machine guns and antennas that look very accurate

 

These models come in really nice packaging. The model itself is attached (via screws) to a plastic base which is made to look as rough terrain. The base measures about 7 inches by 3 and at one side of the base is some info about the model such as the type of tank, the outfit it belongs and the time period it served. Moreover, the whole base can be topped with a transparent acrylic top which encases the whole tank in a rectangle that measures roughly 7 inches by 3 inches by 3 inches high. Lastly, each model comes in a very basic disposable blister pack.

 

These models are not toys, they will not last long if played with. The tracks don't move and the turrets and their main guns and machine guns can be quite fragile because of their size. Some of the tanks will have a turret that does not rotate at all. (so if you try to rotate the turret or change the elevation of the gun and feel some resistant, better leave it alone and don't risk breaking something).

 

The Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard ("anti-aircraft cannon tank Cheetah", better known as the Flakpanzer Gepard) is an autonomous, all-weather-capable German self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG). It was developed in the 1960s and fielded in the 1970s, and has been upgraded several times with the latest electronics. It constituted a cornerstone of the air defence of the German Army (Bundeswehr) and a number of other NATO countries. In Germany, the Gepard was phased out in late 2010 to be replaced by "SysFla", a mobile and stationary air defence system using the LFK NG missile and the new MANTIS gun system. The mobile platform of SysFla will likely be based on the GTK Boxer.