Category: Panzer IV Series


Tamiya /Verlinden 1 /35 Panzer IV Kugelblitz







Tamiya /Verlinden 1 /35 Panzer IV Kugelblitz
The Build

As I was building this Trumpeter Bergepanzer IV, I had an issue with the crane posts. But I found that the CMK/Tamiya kit had the exact parts I needed. So I used the Tamiya upper and lower hull, the road wheels, idler wheels, drive sprockets and the much needed PE details.

I already had the Tamiya Panzer parts. So I bought the Verlinden FlakPanzer 3cm KugelBlitz Turret and built it into a Panzer IV Kugelblitz. For the tracks, I used Voyager German Pz.III/IV 40cm Normal Tracks Middel Patten B.
This Panzer IV Ausf H was the third Panzer IV they introduced in 1975 I believe,and the only thing new was the box art.

Tamiya kits have a reputation for ease of build. Construction of this kit should be fairly straight-forward. If you are less experienced as a modeler, it is an ideal kit to start with, and will turn out nicely. If you are more advanced, there are a variety of aftermarket products available to meet every skill level.

It went together very nicely and the fit was great. Adding the aftermarket parts was no problem, I just had to fill the tool mounting holes, where the stock tools would of been installed.

Also the hole for the turret,had to be widened so that the Flakpanzer would fit nicely.
The verlinden turret is a very fine quality item. There is little cleanup to be done,and the quality of the resin is right on. I didn’t have any issues whatsoever. I then primed the turret and the hull with a dark grey automotive primer, that went on great ,dried fast,and sanded great.

On the Hull I sprayed Tamiya’s Light Tan, then set aside for about 20 minutes and started with the chipping process.

I used Verlinden Acrylics, AK Interactive Washes, and Mig Pigments. I can say that I a very pleased with the outcome.

Tamiya /Verlinden 1 /35 Panzer IV Kugelblitz


The Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz (ball lightning) or abbreviated Flak Pz.Wg IV was a Wehrmacht self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed during the Second World War. However by the end of the Second World War, only a small production run of 2 units had been completed. Unlike earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, it had a fully enclosed, rotating turret.

The need for a specialised self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, capable of keeping up with the armoured panzer divisions, had become progressively more pressing for the Wehrmacht Armed Forces, as from 1943 on the Luftwaffe was to a lesser extent unable to protect against opposition fighter bombers.

Consequently a large number of makeshift and specially designed self-propelled anti-aircraft guns were built, many on the Panzer IV chassis, starting with the Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen and progressing through the Wirbelwind and Ostwind models. The Kugelblitz was the final development of the Flakpanzer IV.

The first proposal for the Kugelblitz envisioned mounting a modified anti-aircraft turret developed for U-boats on the Panzer IV chassis, which was armed with dual 30 mm MK 103 Brunn guns (a configuration known as Doppelflak, “dual flak”). This was however abandoned as impractical, as development of this gun had not yet been completed, and in any case the entire production run of this gun turret was reserved for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine.

The most advanced feature of the Kugelblitz was its fully enclosed spherical turret. The sphere was attached at its sides to a protective mantlet, and could rotate vertically, while the mantlet and entire turret could rotate horizontally.

Alternatively, the 3 cm MK 103/38 twin gun, a twinned mount version of the 3 cm MK 103/38, was used, which had also been fitted to the Henschel Hs 129 and Dornier Do 335. The rate of fire of the twin 3 cm MK 103/38 was 450 rounds a minute per gun.

It had been hoped that the Kugelblitz would enter series production in February 1945, but by then only the five (or possibly only two) prototypes had been built due to the cancellation of Panzer IV production. Interest then switched to a similar vehicle which would have seen the Kugelblitz turret mounted on a Hetzer, but work on this design only began after November 1944, far too late for anything to come of the idea.

It is also unclear what happened to the few Kugelblitzes which were built; some sources say that they ended up being used in the Battle of Berlin.

One Kugelblitz was also involved in the fights near the town of Spichra, Thuringia, where it was destroyed and remained buried in the Spatenberg hill until its excavation in 1999.

Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV

Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV
The Final Steps

After completing the modulation process, I painted the tracks, the rubber on the running wheels, the tools, etc. Then I sprayed an acrylic clear gloss coat on everything and let it sit for two days. After it dried, I applied a wash with MIG and AK Interactive enamel washes. To achieve that dried mud and dirt effect, I used an acyrlic binder for the pigments around the inside of the lower hull. For Dunkelgrau, I used washes such as rust, engine grime, and MIG German/Blue. Again I let it sit for two days until it was good and dry. Then laid down a coat of acrylic matte clear.

When that step was finalized, I began work on the “chipping”, using a mixture of Vallejo Dark Grey and Primer Red. I highlighted and dry-brushed the upper surfaces and details. Then completed the weathering effects with the necessary pigments to achieve that “shattered and tattered” look. When all was finalized, I added a light spray of matte acrylic clear coat.


























Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV

Assembly and Paint

The construction of this kit was not a weekend project. It required time, patience, skill, and a little luck to build. It is beautifully detailed and the major parts fit quite nicely.
This was my first Bergepanzer. It was a real joy. Yet in some cases, a real challenge for my patience and skill. I loved constructing the interior. I feel the painting and weathering really stand out. Naturally I had to leave the rear engine and cooling hatches unglued. Also the front transmission hatch and the wood platform. If not, all this would be for nothing.
I primarily used Vallejo acrylic paints. For the wash and pigments, I used AK Interactive and MIG and MIG AMMO.
The exterior was well detailed and had options for either photo-etched detail parts or their crisp detailed plastic parts.
The tracks are individual links and went together without any problems.
Next came the crane assembly. The large jib crane has four “arms” with separate attachment brackets. These can be assembled so the arms are movable, if you’re careful with the glue. This will allow you to deploy or stow the crane as you wish.
The chain that came with the kit is used to support the extended crane arm which is deployed with a highly detailed block and tackle comprised of twelve parts for the end of the crane arm.













Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV Kit #00389
The Kit

The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on 18 parts trees, plus the separately cast upper and lower hull sections. It also includes two frets of photo-etched details, and individual track links. The standout feature is the extensive interior detail which makes the kit very attractive just as an interior update set for other kits as well as for an excellent representation of the Bergepanzer IV.

As with the ammo carrier and bridgelayer variants of the Panzer IV series, this Bergepanzer shares the same nicely detailed lower hull, suspension and wheel assemblies.
Again, I have to mention I really love the nicely-detailed crew compartment interior complete with transmission, driver’s station, bow gunner’s station, tool and parts stowage, and internal stowage for the pioneering tools. The engine includes the block, radiators, blowers, ductwork, control modules, etc.

A set of decals are also included with simple national crosses and two different styles tactical numbers.

All in all, this kit is nicely detailed,and so far it has been going together quite smoothly.

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:
276. Volks-Gren.Div..
An unnamed SS.Pz.Jg.Abt.









Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV Recovery Vehicle Kit# 00389           My Next Project

Source: Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV ARV

Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf. H
“Final Finish”

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..











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