Friday 19 November 2010

8.8cm FlaK 36 Anti Aircraft Gun Platoon

The German 8.8cm Flugabwehr-Kanone (flight defence cannon, or FlaK) gun is one of the most famous guns of the Second World War. The Wermacht ordered larger replacement for their 75mm gun and in 1933 received the Krupp designed 8.8cm FlaK 18. Battlefield experience (during the Spanish Civil War) resulted in improvements and design changes that lead to the new Flak 36. It was an excellent multi-role weapon and its long range and high rate of fire enabled it to play an important heavy anti-tank role on the battlefields of 1944 and 1945.

The Platoon box contains two 8.8cm FlaK 36 guns which fit onto resin cast Scenic bases with two medium scenic bases for additional crew (which increase ROF to 3). There are enough crew for both sets of bases plus a couple of spare figures. In addition the box contains two Sd kfz 7 (8-ton) half-track tractors, one Kfz 15 field car and a HQ Command team. As a bonus the set also includes the bogies that carry the guns when being transported. These don’t have any game purpose but they do make for nice ‘scenic’ extras when setting up the Platoon.

I really went to town on these models and painted more detail than on previous figures. I doubt if it makes much difference when viewed on the game table but up close they look pretty cool. I even had a go at painting uniform insignia like rank patches and Waffenfarbe (shoulder boards)! Here are a few pictures of the finished platoon. I hope you like them.

In service    1936-1945
Designer    Krupp
Number built    18,295 (all variants)
Calibre    88 mm (3.46 in)
Elevation    -3° to +85°
Traverse    360°
Rate of fire    15-20 rpm
Muzzle velocity    820 m/s (2,690 ft/s)
Effective Range    14,810 m (16,200 yds) Ground Target
Effective Ceiling    7,620 m (25,000 ft) Air Target


  1. Apologies for the quality of the pictures by the way. Now that I've posted them they look very dark and a little orange. I used my flash diffuser to take the photo's but I also used a long lense to try and get better depth of field... result, the Tungsten lights of my living room balanced out the flashlight and resulted in an orange caste to the pictures.

    I was being lazy and cutting corners by not setting up all my usual gear. I'll try and get better pictures at the weekend.

  2. Lovely stuff, I used to have this myself and found basing it the biggest problem as there are so many elements to it.

  3. Yeh, I should have cut the bases of the crew down a little before painting as I had problems getting them to fit the 'holes' in the resin base. I covered the worst bits with static grass so the end result didn't look too bad.

    My confidence painting and working with 15mm grows with each project. I'm still on a learning curve but I feel mush happier painting this scale now (I have more experience with 25-28mm models).

  4. Great paint job and they are based up real nice


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