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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.

 

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 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.

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Tamiya 1/35 German Tank Destroyer Marder III

 

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Tamiya 1/35 German Tank Destroyer Marder III,Kit #35248

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Trumpeter 1/35 E75 (75-100tons) Standardpanzer # 01538

Built,primed,painted,washed,drybrushed and pigments applied.

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My Current Project

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Tamiya’s “Elefant” Tank Destroyer

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Tamiya’s Sd.Kfz. 184 “Elefant”

“Finished”

More Pictures Coming Very Soon”

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Tamiya’s 1/35th Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer “Elefant”

 “Painting”

 This is a Tamiya “re release” of an earlier kit. This kit has fine surface detail, and new individual/partial track sections. I was not so thrilled with the tracks, so I bought a track set by Hobby Boss. I also bought an 88 barrel, as well as MG34 tips, both by Arber. The kit has three nicely detailed crewmen, which I will use in another kit. The sections fit really easy. PE would have made it truly awesome.

 I went the “modulation” route, using AK interactive German Dunkelgelb Modulation Set.

 I used MIG red brown and Olivgrun opt. 2A for the patch camo. I applied Testors Model Master Acrylic Gloss Clear Coat.

Let dry for two days and then applied a wash of AK Summer Kursk Earth, MIG Brown Wash, and for the tracks I sprayed them with Vallejo Black Grey and applied MIG Ammo Streaking Rust Effects. I will do some more pin washes, where needed, plus adding a light rust wash.

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Tamiya’s 1/35th Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer “Elefant”

My Current Project

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