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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.

 

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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
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.

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