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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.

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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:
1.Kp./Pz.Jg.Abt.51
11.Inf.Div.
2.SS-Pz.Div.
212.Volks-Gren.Div.
276. Volks-Gren.Div..
4.SS-Pz.Gren.Div.
559.Volks-Gren.Div.
An unnamed SS.Pz.Jg.Abt.
4.Kav.Div.

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