Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale
Armor Series No. 7255; Maus Heavy Tank
by Cookie Sewell
163 parts (155 in grey styrene, 4 in etched brass, 2 in tan DS 100 plastic;
2 in grey vinyl); price estimated as between US $11-14
Advantages: nice state-of-the-art kit of this vehicle; provides both
test and production turrets; crew of two included
Disadvantages: entering a market with at least two other competitors
plus resin kits
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For German fans or fans of the Kubinka Museum
The Maus – one of the most bizarre offshoots of "just because
we can" thinking – has been a popular subject with modelers
for years due to the over-the-top design placed in the vehicle. Even the
name shows that the Germans themselves had a sense of humor about a vehicle
so large no reasonable local bridge in Europe could effectively support
it, so it had to be designed to ford from the beginning. Weighing in at
188 metric tons (or 207 short tons) it does hold the record as the biggest
tank ever built.
DML did a very nice job of a 1/35 version of the Maus some years back,
but this kit does not appear to be a pantographed version of that kit.
It is a new kit in its own right, and has some nice touches. It comes
with DS 100 tan glueable vinyl tracks, so many will be happy they do not
have to do single-link tracks on this kit. All of the road wheels are
separate as are their bogies.
The model comes with the usual nice DML touches, such as essential brass
screens and a vinyl crew of two in casual poses. But it also comes with
a choice of the "production turret" as found on the V2 survivor
at Kubinka with coaxial 12.8 cm and 7.5 cm guns, both of which come with
the now-traditional DML pre-drilled bores, and the option of the V1 test
turret weight block used on the prototypes. That is complemented with
a VIP access ladder for the side of the vehicle as well, made from a single
section of etched brass.
This is open and has no interior, so not sure whether it was like that
or this is just a case of DML giving the modeler what it had information
on at the time and not making things up as some other companies have done
over the years. One of the better known photos of the V1 Maus shows a
man walking around inside the weight mockup, so it may have had a temporary
deck of some sort installed in there.
The model actually offers three different finishing schemes: one for
a Maus about the time of the Seelowe Heights, one for Berlin 1945 with
simulated kill marks, and one for the V1 tank at Kummersdorf Testing Grounds
in 1945 with hastily applied Soviet stars. The markings are off of a pretty
good size sheet with two sets of numbers and many other detail markings
for the kit. All are pretty much hypothetical except for the test model.
The only confirmed paint color anyone really has for this tank is the
Soviet Protective Green ("Khaki No. 2") color the V1 with V2
turret (or according to the Soviet records, this is what they have) is
currently painted in at Kubinka.
Overall, this is a good "complete the collection" kit and I
am sure many modelers will use one or the other hypothetical schemes.
One could do the Kubinka green scheme with a note "for sale, cost
US $5 million, inquire within" which is what the Soviets were rumored
to have told the German government when they asked if they could get it
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.