Title: Soar ART 1/35 Dora Railgun

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Title: Soar Art 1/35 Dora Railway Gun

Introduction: German Dora Railway Gun in 1/35 scale

Prototype At-a-Glance

Type:Ultra-heavy railway gunWeight:1,350 tonsBarrel length:106 ft 8 in
Nationality:GermanyLength:155 ft.Main gun:80 cm
Manufactured:KruppWidth:23 ft. 4 in.rate of fire:1 round / 30 minutes
Designed:1934Height:38 ft 1 inSecondary gun:2 × 7.92mm Maschinengewehr 34
Manufactured:1940Crew:250 to assembleMuzzle velocity:2,700 ft/s
Number built:2Speed:N/AMax elevation:48-degrees
Range:51,000 yds


One of my collection's newest (fall 2007), and certainly one of the largest additions: Soar Art's 1/35th scale DORA Railgun.  This model was announced years ago, and few in the hobby thought it would become reality.  But, after years of seemingly zero progress, Soar Art made good on their threat and unleashed this monster on us.

I purchased my kit from greatmodels.com, and must say that given the relatively high cost of the kit, it was a bit of a grueling wait for the boxes to arrive.  But when they did, they did not disappoint.  That yellow bar on the large box is an architectural scale - about 14" in length.  The smaller box contains 17 pounds of aluminum barrel and barbette: GreatModels gave a decent discount to those who pre-ordered all three pieces at once, and since I can't seem to pass up a good deal... (click the image to see a larger version)


Here's what is inside the hefty cardboard shipping containers:


Since I couldn't resist opening something, I naturally went for the aluminum pieces.  Here they are in all their glory.  To give an idea of the immense size of this kit, the photo on the right contains the barrel next to a 1/16th Tiger I.


Given everything else I've got going on at the moment (see USS Montana in the Ships section) I won't be starting on this kit any time soon.  Besides, given that the finished length is almost six feet, I'm going to have to build a new display cabinet for it. 

In other news, Soar Art has announced the pending release of the KGM Bismarck.  In 1/144th scale. 




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