The Sd.Kfz.251 German halftrack family was widely employed throughout WWII, with more than 15,000 units built. One family member was the Sd.Kfz.251/16 Ausf.C Flammpanzerwagen, which, as its name suggests, carried flamethrowers. Indeed, there were two 14mm projectors mounted on each hull side. These were supplied by two fuel tanks totaling 700 liters of flammable mixture. This was enough to fuel 80 bursts lasting up to two seconds each. A total of 347 such halftrack flamethrowers were built from January 1943 onwards.
The newest kit portrays such a flammpanzerwagen with a welded hull and there is an impressive level of detail visible in the open-topped fighting compartment, including the projectors, spray tubes and fuel tanks. Indeed, two sets of projectors are offered (with or without covers) to ensure modelers can display the kit precisely as they wish. Two flame operator figures and a driver figure are included, and the former even come with alternate heads wearing field caps or flame proof hoods. This 1/35 scale kit is scorching hot in every imaginable way, so it makes a great addition to Dragon’s upgraded Sd.Kfz.251 family!