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The SdKfz 250 was a lightly armored troop-carrying half-track used by Germany during World War II. Its angular shape was similar in appearance to the larger SdKfz 251 “Hanomag” half track. This smaller vehicle used in roles where there was no need for a larger half track, such as scouting, forward artillery observers, headquarters, communications, etc. The original Ausf A version featured a complex angled hull, open top crew compartment, a single entry door at the rear of the vehicle, and was armed with a single MG34 machine gun. The SdKfz 250 was just beginning to reach frontline units as the invasion of the Soviet Union began. Production of the SdKfz 250 would continue throughout the remainder of the war and later versions would have a simplified hull shape as well as numerous variations of weapons systems, communications gear, etc. Over 6500 of the SdKfz 250 would be built before the end of the war.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
Features of this model:
This Brickmania model kit is made from genuine unused LEGO, Brickmania and BrickArms elements and is shipped disassembled. Also included are full-color printed building instructions, signed a certificate of authenticity, and is packaged in a sealed box. All Brickmania building kits are limited production and may be discontinued at any time.
The Pak 38 5cm Anti-Tank Gun was developed as a response to shortcomings found in the Pak 36 3.7cm AT Gun used during the Spanish Civil War. It was put into mass production in 1939 for the Wehrmacht and proved to be one of the few anti-tank weapons capable of penetrating the armor of the T-34 tanks. While larger anti-tank guns would be introduced, the Pak 38 continued to be useful for the remainder of the war due to its small size and good ballistic performance.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
This Brickmania model kit is made from genuine unused LEGO bricks and is shipped disassembled. Also included are full-color printed building instructions and is packaged in a sealed polybag. All Brickmania building kits are limited production and may be discontinued at any time.
BrickJournal #49 (84 full-color pages, $8.95), the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the TECHNIC line of sets! Photo editor GEOFF GRAY takes a look at the sets that made this theme more than building! Editor JOE MENO interviews former LEGO Set Designer SØREN HOLM about a classic TECHNIC set: The TECHNIC SPACE SHUTTLE! TECHNIC Fan MICHAEL BROWN shows off his AH-64 APACHE – in TECHNIC scale! Plus: AFOLs (“Adult Fans of LEGO”) by cartoonist Greg Hyland, step-by step “You Can Build It” instructions by CHRISTOPHER DECK, BrickNerd’s DIY Fan Art, Minifigure Customization with JARED K. BURKS, MINDSTORMS robotics lessons by Damien Kee, and more!
There are fewer things more effective than infrared, a large gun, and a few thousand rounds of ammo all gyrostabilized and automatically aimed. The Offworld Marines Smart Gunner combines the fierceness of a Marine with the pinpoint accuracy of the Smart Gun. Vicious aliens, beware!
This custom minifigure features a BrickArms Smart Gun.
This Offworld Marines Smart Gunner features exclusive custom-printed artwork designed by Lando.
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About the Offworld Marines Dropship:
Need a quick ride planet-side? The JC-64 Wolf Core Dropship is your primary transport in and out of combat. Capable of vertical takeoff and landing, the Dropship provides an efficient way to deploy either troops or the famed Offworld APC. Similar to twenty-first century helicopters, the Dropship not only deploys ground forces, but can also act as a support gunship.
The Dropship contains several hardpoints with a variety of armaments. The array of missiles can deal with many different threats including ground targets, enemy aircraft, and armored vehicles. The nose-mounted Gatling gun cupola can be equipped with several different types of ammunition and can be reloaded manually by the Dropship crew. The Dropship is commonly crewed by two members, a pilot and weapons officer. These highly-trained personnel are responsible for the safe deployment of troops and APC’s, along with piloting the Dropship in combat situations.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom building kit:
The Offworld Marines Dropship comes with the following features
All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.
Brickmania has been featured in a modeler’s magazine – in Israel!
The following article was published in an Israeli model builders’ magazine. The article featured Brickmania as a leader in the LEGO military market and had photos of the F-15E Strike Eagle and the M3A1 Half-Track.
The article was originally written in Hebrew and has been translated into English.
It’s a plane? It’s a tank? It’s LEGO!
By Hagai Bitran
This article may not seem related for those interested in the art of accurate plastic or military modeling. However, it is worth noting that we are discussing the familiar LEGO building bricks, well-known to many modelers. Although simple, you can use these bricks with sophisticated construction techniques to create impressive models, replicating a variety of vehicles and planes in an accurate 1/35 scale. The popularity of these building bricks and LEGO military models have continued to evolve at an increasing rate. For children, these LEGO tanks and planes may be the first step to more advanced and precise methods using plastic or paper.
The field of LEGO military models is not designed or produced by the LEGO Company, but rather by independent entities that use different marketing standards. These entities include both aftermarket companies and independent builders, both of which often post their MOC’s online. These posts are popular among adults (20 and up) and have gathered the interest of veterans worldwide because of their familiarity with military vehicles and aircraft from the various time periods. Several people who are fond of the LEGO brick building system have helped to promote interest in military hardware. Brickmania is an American company who leads the military LEGO market. The company designs and produces detailed LEGO military models, especially from the U.S. military but also those of other world nations such as Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Among these kits, the most sought-after by fans are from the Great War (World War I) and World War II.
Disclosure: I build plastic and cardboard models of planes. I am a LEGO enthusiast (AFOL) and father of two children. Through my fatherhood, I have managed to combine these two hobbies into a great building experience which I share with my children. I teach my kids about various vehicles and tools and they help me in building or build by themselves using complex construction methods. The final model doesn’t just sit on the shelf, but you can touch and play with them. These experiences generate an increased interest in real historic vehicles and create a desire to use more complex and detailed techniques.
As mentioned, this hobby is very popular abroad and there are numerous exhibitions (especially in the United States) that feature LEGO military models. Several of these models are displayed at military venues and often get media coverage. Israel is beginning to use LEGO bricks, but they are often considered relatively expensive as a toy (although these kits can be purchased at a discount or a builder can purchase specific parts). During the Hanukkah 2016 IPMS model show, several LEGO military models were presented for the first time (tanks and aircraft). These models were appreciated by children, as they often build versions of these same models with their loved building bricks.
Free France and the Free French Forces were government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle during WWII. Its military forces continued to fight against the Axis powers as one of the Allies after the fall of France. Initially, the “Free French” forces were drawn mostly from the French colonial empire, rather than the metropolitan France.
We’ve got these “Free French” 2×2 tiles with custom-printing. Designed and printed by Brickmania!
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