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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 an…

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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

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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..











Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf. H (Kit# 6486)

Pics of Later Steps,Barrel on Order





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.


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