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Painting ,Chipping and initial Wash
I will make this short ,I basically used “AK Interactive Heavy Chipping”. It went along with no problems,it was rather a fun process. I then painted the unboard tools with Vallejo German Grey. I then did a was with “MIG” ,brown wash and thinned out a black tube of Abteilung 502 . It really thins out nicely for a wash. I applied some thinned out MIG pigments for various areas. The onboard shovels,hatches,barrel cleaners,were painted off the vehicle.
Tonight I am going to work with the “indy” tracks.
Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363
In these images you can see that the assembly is complete except for the road wheels,drive sprocket,and of course the tracks. The only out of box item that I used was Jaguar’s Panzer IV Storage Bin. Otherwise It is mostly straight out of the box. I added the four Dragon Panzer Riders from the Cyber Hobby Flakpanzer. I am still undecided on using them. You will notice they have a coat of Testors Lacquer Glosscote,to do some pinwash here and there. I am going to get ready for primer. I will use Testor’s Light Grey Primer.
Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G/Kit # 6363
The Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf G was the first version of the Panzer IV to be produced in really large numbers, with a total of 1,687 being completed as gun-armed tanks between May 1942 and June 1943. Despite this large increase in tank production the Ausf G appeared just as the balance of power in the war was shifting away from the Germans, and the long gun Panzer IV would be one of the weapons of German defeat.
Production of the Ausf G was split between Krupp-Gruson, Vomag and Nibelungenwerke, a long overdue expansion of the Panzer IV production pool that had begun with the Ausf F, but got into its stride with this model. Of the 1,750 Ausf Gs order, 1,687 were completed as gun armed tanks. Of the remaining chassis ten were used for the prototype of the Hummel and fifty three to produce the Brummbär .
The first 1,275 Ausf Gs were built with the 7.5cm KwK40 L/43, but in March 1943 production switched to the longer L/48 version of the gun (five calibres, or 35cm longer).From June 1942 an extra 30mm of armour was added to the front of the superstructure and hull of sixteen tanks per month, and from December 1942 that extra protection was installed on half of the total protection. From June 1942 an extra 30mm of armour was added to the front of the superstructure and hull of sixteen tanks per month, and from December 1942 that extra protection was installed on half of the total protection. From June 1942 an extra 30mm of armour was added to the front of the superstructure and hull of sixteen tanks per month, and from December 1942 that extra protection was installed on half of the total protection.
Early versions of the Ausf G were identical to the Ausf F2, so much so that in June 1942 all surviving F2s were redesignated as Gs to avoid confusion with the short gunned Ausf F. During the production run a series of modifications were made. The first saw the vision ports removed from the sides of the turret and from the loader’s side of the turret front.
In the summer of 1942 a new muzzle brake was installed, as was a system for transferring coolant between tanks. This was done to make it easier to start the Panzer IV in extreme cold. One tank would be started, and its coolant would warm up. That warm coolant would then be swapped for the cold coolant on a second tank. The first tank would keep running anyway, while the warm coolant would help the cold tank start.
In January 1943 the driver’s episcope (a projection designed to increase his view) was removed. In March a new better armoured cupola was installed, and in the same month thin steel plates were attached to the side of the hull and turret sides and rear (known as “Schürzen”, or skirts). Late in the production run a new drive sprocket was introduced, and the radio antenna was moved to the left hull rear.
The Ausf G began to enter combat during the summer of 1942. A total of 170 long gunned Panzer IVs were present at the start of the German summer offensive in June 1942. The type was at its peak at the start of the Kursk offensive of 1943, when Army Groups Centre and South between them had a total of 841. This big increase came about after the Panzer IV became the standard equipment of every company in each Panzer regiment, rather than just the medium companies. The Ausf G remained in service to the end of the war.
As a “Smart Kit”, the kit design and molding are up to the expected standards from DML with all parts crisply molded with fine detail represented using slide-mold technology on many of the parts. Many of the sprues are carried over from the Pz IV F2 release however only a very small number of parts are marked as “not for use” on the instruction sheet.
The kit has their magic track individual links as well as a photo etch fret and a wire towing cable. The level of detail is quite high, as one would expect from a kit with 740 parts, so it is not for the tyro. Those who have a few armor kits under their belts should find one to provide hours of enjoyable building. In common with most other large scale Dragon kits, nothing in the way of hardware is already molded in place. This provides as great a level of accuracy as one can get and also helps to up the parts count! Judging from the indented gun barrels and exhaust ports, this kit makes good use of their slide mold technology to provided the greatest detail level possible.
Instructions are very well done, showing any optional bits and pieces during the sequence. Color information is provided using Gunze and Model Master references. There are markings for five tanks provided. One is the box art option and the other four profiles are shown here. Two winter white tanks from LAH division, a panzer grey version from ‘Totenkopf’ division at Kharkov in 1943, another winter scheme from ‘Grossdeutchland’ division in Russia 1943/44 and finally a panzer yellow tank from Greece in 1943.
The kit possesses an outstanding level of detail and all of the key features that distinguish an Ausf G. are incorporated into the various parts. The kit provides many options for finishing beyond just the stated “LAH” scheme on the box art, so don’t be fooled by the name into thinking this is just a single-vehicle kit. The quality of the molding is superb and the amount of PE is kept to the bare minimum in keeping with the “Smart Kit” approach without sacrificing detail.
The Finished Project
Well It is finally done, I have to say it was a paint at times but I am very proud of the results. I dedicate this to my wife “Andrea”. I want to thank MIG Productions for their amazing products all down the line. As well as Vallejo Air Acrylics and Model Master and Fluoquil Enamels.