Dragon Releasing Afrika Korps (DAK) Version of 1:6 Scale Panzer II Ausf.C Tank in July, 2012

Closeup of Dragon’s upcoming 1:6 scale DAK Panzer II reveals “out of the box” perfection. Very little assembly will be required. (Photo: Dragon Models USA)

Most of us have at LEAST a couple of Afrika Korps (or DAK) troops standing around in our Joe rooms with nothing to do, no place to go and no way to get there. But now, thanks to Dragon Models USA, they’ll soon have brand new, 1:6 scale Panzer II tanks to take them wherever they want to go. Chasing Montgomery’s forces across the Sahara will be much easier, when starting in July 2012, these exciting new tanks become available online and from dealers worldwide. According to Dragon’s official press release…

“As the first ever tank in the lineup, the arrival of Dragon’s 1/6 scale Panzer II Ausf.B tank in its Action Figure collection created a lot of excited chatter worldwide. Now Dragon has doubled the number of Panzer IIs available because it is releasing a second variant!

This time it’s a Panzer II Ausf.C, a type that was produced by Germany from June 1938 through to April 1940. Up-armored Panzer II Ausf.C tanks were in the forefront of the German invasion of France in 1940, while a number were also dispatched to North Africa to fight with the legendary Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK).

The tank is fully pre-painted and essentially pre-assembled. Owing to its DAK usage, the impressive model is finished in a desert yellow camouflage scheme suitable for North African combat. Even though the original tank was diminutive in size, this model built to 1/6 scale has a significant presence. Appropriate Dragon action figures can also be matched with this tank.

Details are accurately represented, and there are numerous new components such as the cupola, turret, glacis plate and engine deck. The turret rotates, the gun elevates and depresses, plus the commander’s hatch can open, just perfect for fitting a tank crewman in the hatch.”

Another view of Dragon’s DAK Panzer II reveals beautiful details. (Photo: Dragon Models USA)

Not long ago, Dragon released the sister-version of this tank, a Panzer-gray colored Ausf.B. So it’s just good business to re-release what is essentially the same tank, but in full DAK colors and trim. Collectors of 1:6 scale armored vehicles, who thought they were all set with the first one, will undoubtedly find it hard to pass this one up as well. It’s beautiful! Dragon is clearly optimistic that sales will be strong for its new DAK version of the Panzer II, boldly declaring…

“Collectors will certainly want to clear space on their display shelves to park this scintillating DAK Panzer II Ausf.C right next to their Ausf.B!”

The original, gray version of Dragon’s 1:6 scale Panzer II tank. Stunning! (Photo: Monkey Depot)

Well, maybe. First, you guys need to make better sense of your pricing. Now on backorder, fans can still find the original gray version retailing for around $230 plus $30 shipping at online stores such as Timewalker Toys found HERE. But strangely, the new DAK version is pegged to cost MUCH more and is currently being offered at pre-order for $500 plus $38 shipping HERE. Huh?

Because of this wide range in pricing, we highly recommend that you thoroughly research all online dealers before placing an order. As a static display piece (non R/C), it’s hard to justify a $500+ price tag for this item.

Two final notes: You can further customize any 1:6 German armored vehicle with custom waterslide decals of German divisions, etc. found HERE and basic markings found HERE. Plus, if you missed the debut of the original European-theater gray-trimmed version, you can still view a nice variety of photos posted by Monkey Depot HERE. Every possible angle is shown, giving you a much better idea of what to expect. Happy hunting, tank fans!

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7 thoughts on “Dragon Releasing Afrika Korps (DAK) Version of 1:6 Scale Panzer II Ausf.C Tank in July, 2012

  1. kneonknight says:

    Darn it, I thought the M3 Stuart was the only piece of armor I would need…now it looks like my Action Man Panzer Commander is going to do more than “surrender” to my Joes.

    I have an especial fondness for this particular tank- when I had graduated from the old Monogram armor kits to “serious” models, this was my first project from a Tamiya kit in the late 70s. My great uncle “Butch” who fought with the 1st Infantry in Africa was very helpful in getting the “mustard brown” paint scheme just right and sharing his photos of several Pzkw II, III and IV either captured or destroyed. He even had a propaganda film showing German troops frying eggs on the fenders as a testimony to the heat in North Africa. In truth, the german filmmakers put sterno cans under the fender, but it is still a delightful bit of trivia.

    For those who have limited display space, this little workhorse of the Wermacht and early DAK should find this just right. It should come in at just under 3 feet actual length, and about half that in width. Nevertheless, the Panzer II is an awesome looking piece, and your Panzergrenadiers should welcome the armored support.

    Mein Gott, I sound like a “schill” don’t I?

  2. Wonderful post and a beautiful model. Dragon is doing this right by releasing high-quality large-scale pieces in limited numbers. You have to be a serious collector to invest $300-600 and make room in your home as well. I was never a Pz. II fan but I am liking what I see with the grey and DAK releases. Nice blog post, well done.

  3. Steven Allen says:

    Quote from article:

    “Well, maybe. First, you guys need to make better sense of your pricing. Now on backorder, fans can still find the original gray version retailing for around $230 plus $30 shipping at online stores such as Timewalker Toys found HERE. But strangely, the new DAK version is pegged to cost MUCH more and is currently being offered at pre-order for $500 plus $38 shipping HERE. Huh?”

    Just for the record, we were quite clear, and I might add competitive, on our pricing of these items. There were, in fact, four different products on the market, not two. The Panzer II Ausf B was released both as a model kit, which had to be built and painted from the ground up, AND as a (mostly) prebuilt and pre-painted vehicle. It was the same situation with the Panzer II Ausf C. The distinction between the two different versions of each Panzer type (model kit or prebuilt) was clearly marked on our website. The $230 price you pointed out above was for the model kit, which required the customer to do all of the work. The $500 price tag was for the prebuilt/pre-painted version.

    If you were confused, it would have been nice to get a phone call for clarification before you published your article.

    Thank you,

    Steven Allen
    Timewalker Toys & Collectibles

    • Oops! Sorry for the goof, Steven. Thanks for clarifying the matter. Next time, we’ll call! 🙂

      • Steven Allen says:

        Thank you for the reply. Most appreciated. I would not have bothered pointing out the issue on a two year old article, except for the fact that Timewalker Toys and Tony’s Toys just purchased the remaining Prebuilt versions of both the B and C Panzer II from Dragon. I happened to run across this article while web searching these products. I didn’t want anyone else who might be searching to experience the same confusion. Anyway, thanks again for your prompt reply.

        Best Regards,

        Steven Allen
        Timewalker Toys

  4. steve says:

    Hi guys , I guess this thread is old by now, but I want to comment on the 6th scale Panzer 2 C anyway.

    I like the tank and will buy and build many more. Dragon have done a reasonable job on the Panzer 2 , and with mods of our own it comes up really nice, In my case , I made a new KWK 30 in metal ( see it on sixtharmygroup ) which set the tank off very nicely

    I recommend it .

    Steve

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