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Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV Kit #00389
A Little Bit of History
The Bergepanzer IV was a simple conversion of hulls which had been returned for major overhaul. The turret was removed and the turret ring opening was covered with wooden planks held by steel frames, with a simple hatch on the right side. Sockets were welded to the superstructure roof to mount a 2 ton Crane, which was a hand operated tripod. Brackets were attached to carry a wooden unditching beam and to stow the Kran together with tow bars. A vertical coupling was attached to the rear to tow other vehicles using the tow bars. Other recovery equipment was stowed inside the vehicle on wooden planks above the fuel tanks
A total of 21 or 36 Bergepanzer IV were completed between October 1944 and March 1945.
The Bergepanzers IV were issued to the following units:
An unnamed SS.Pz.Jg.Abt.
Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf. H
After finishing up with “Chipping” I next moved on to the hand painting of the onboard tools,tracks,wheels,sprockets,etc. Gave it a good look over, satisfied with the result, I got it ready for the next step.
I used Testor’s Model Master Acrylic Gloss for the wash. After spraying, I let dry for two days. Then applied I applied the water slide markings. These were of the Pz. Reg. 24. 24 Pz. Div. Northern Italy, in September 1943.
Now it was time for applying the “wash”. I used a combination of MIG Productions and “AK Interactive” washes and pigments, followed next by applying a dull coat, drybrushing and mud applicationj.
Enclosed are some pics. below,enjoy. Thanks Mates.
Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf. H
I Airbrushed Valleo Acrylic Black Surfacer Primer (7362) ,German Red Brown (73605)for the bass primer. Then I sprayed the surface, with some water mist from my airbrush.
I then immediately applied very fine grains of salt,for the chipping effect. The next morning I did some fine airbrushing with MIG’s AMMO Color Acrylic Dunkelgelb Base (MIG902),and Dunkelgelb Light Base (MIG 903)
That night I carefully removed the salt grains with a toothpick,some water and small flat brush. Now I am going to start up the touch up process..
Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf. H (Kit# 6486)
Construction Steps 1-5
In these steps was the construction of the lower hull, along with the suspension sub-assemblies. Also the start of construction of the upper hull.
These steps went along very smoothly,with fitting not such a problem. The detail was not that bad,but I recommend PE sets. I used the MG tip from Arber. The kit does have a steel barrel and some basic PE,such as for the fenders.
Panzer IV Ausf. H
A Little History
In April 1943 production began on the H variant—eventually the most massively produced version of the Pz. IV. A total of 3,774 vehicles of the Ausf. H were built.
The 7.5 cm KwK L/48, first introduced on the late Ausf G was standard, as was the thickened ( 100mm) cupola, which had a single flap rather than two half flaps. A new eight-spoked driving sprocket of webbed pattern was fitted, and the gearbox was changed from a ZF SSG 76 to an improved type, the ZF SSG 77.
The very late production Ausf H had entirely new armour disposition, a single thickness of 85mm replacing the welded or bolted layers, and the armour plates were of inter-locked construction.
Very late vehicles also had a new idler wheel of webbed and welded construction, the return rollers were of all steel type, and simplified limiting stops were fitted for the bogies.
New vehicles were all fitted with Schurzen as standard, these being intended mainly as protection against hollow-charge projectiles of the bazooka type. The side skirts were mild steel, 5-9mm thick, hung from rails attached to the vehicle sides. These plates were removable.
The turret skirting was similar but was a permanent fixture, with hinged panels opposite the turret side doors. Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste was a usual covering on new vehicles in the 1943-44 period.
Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf H tanks were issued to Panzer Regiments in Panzer Divisions and were used in that role to the end of the war. On June 6th of 1944, majority of Panzerkampfwagen IV tanks present in France were Ausf H.