28 November 2010
Putting aside gunplas and figures aside for now. Behold, the 1/144 scale of Dora, one of the biggest artillery gun ever produced in history.
This is a completed and pre-assembled model from Soar Art, which is essentially a completed version of FUJIMI's model kit. Even for a 1/144 scale, the size of this thing is still something not to be overlooked!
Side view with flash
Base of the gun platform
View of the pivot and the breech (sideways). Minor rust and weather effects can be seen as well
Breech of the gun as well as the loading area
Back of the Dora gun, showing the elevators for loading the shells from the ground
Accessories are 2 80mm shells and loading unit
Shells and loading unit placed
Gun elevated. Maximum angle of elevation is said to be 48 degrees.
A comparison of Dora with (from left to right), Stuka divebomber, Tiger I tank, Panzer IV, Panzer III, Panzer 38(t), and Panzer II
For those who are curious about how tall a mobile suit stands next to a Dora, here is a HGUC 1/144 Zaku II for comparison
Last but not least, a 1/144 Dora shell with a 1/144 German soldier (which comes from my other 1/144 military collections). For your information, the German soldier in the picture stands 12mm (millimetres) tall.
For more information about Dora (and Schwerer Gustav), you can read more about it from Wikipedia, or this blog post here.
Having looked for this for years, I must say I am really glad that I have finally managed to have my hands on this, especially a completed and painted one too. For a 1/144 scale, the amount of details is very impressive already, with a lot of delicate railings and visible metal flooring.
It is perhaps still pretty crazy how the Germans have managed to build two of these things (namely "Schwerer Gustav" and "Dora") in the first place. Even though they contributed very little to the actual war (Dora was apparently never got to fire in anger), their architecture and size will definitely remain in the minds of like-minded people who miss the old days of big guns and the 'art' of conventional warfare weaponry.
Given that guided missiles are now the future of long range artillery, it is very unlikely that we will get to see guns of such size already, which is also the case with battleships too like the Iowa class battleships. Everything needs to move on eventually, but these guns would prove to be a legacy in one form or another.