New Release: Flak 36 AA Gun – Now Available!
We are pleased to offer you the mighty “eighty-eight”, the Flak 36 anti-aircraft and anti-tank gun. Our newest kit comes with an awesome limited edition upgrade! Read on to learn more.
The 8.8 cm Flak 36 – often called the “88” or “acht-acht” was a german 88mm anti-aircraft and anti-tank gun used throughout WWII. One of the most recognized German weapons of the war, this model led to the development of a wide variety of artillery. “Flak” is a contraction of German Flugzeugabwehrkanone which means “aircraft-defense cannon”. In English “Flak” became a generic term for ground anti-aircraft fire. This is where the term “Taking Flak” is thought to have originated. A single round from the 88 was capable of blowing the tail off of a bomber, which is exactly what happened to the B-17 “Hang the Expense” on a mission over Frankfurt.
While it was originally designed and mostly known as an anti-aircraft weapon, its versatile carriage allowed the 88 to be fired as an anti-tank gun as well. Its success as and AT gun led to the development of a tank gun using the 88 as it’s base. The 8.8 cm KwK 36 (KwK standing for Kampfwagen-Kanone or “Battle Vehicle Cannon”), was the main armament of the Tiger I heavy tank.
Rheinmetal later developed a more powerful AA gun, the 8.8 cm Flak 41 and the tank destroyer 8.8cm PaK 43. The PaK 43 was used for the Elefant and Jagdpanther, as well as the base for the turret-mounted 8.8 cm KwK 43 heavy tank gun on the Tiger II.
We have two versions of this epic artillery piece available:
Flak 36: Flakkorps Edition
This deluxe upgrade pack includes:
• 1 Flak 36 Standard Edition Kit
• 3 Flakkorps Heer soldiers in Dark Gray
• 5 BrickArms Artillery Shells
• 2 Lego Shovels.