Monday, February 27, 2017

A Panzer IV at 1/32 scale


Petite Infanterie needed a Panzer IV in is line-up.  Why? The Panzer IV could be considered the most important german tank of WWII.


As summarize in Wikipedia:


"The Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War. Its ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 161.

The Panzer IV was the most widely manufactured German tank of the Second World War, with some 8,500 built. The Panzer IV was used as the base for many other fighting vehicles, including the Sturmgeschütz IV assault gun, Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer, the Wirbelwind self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, and the Brummbär self-propelled gun.

The Panzer IV saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war. Upgrades and design modifications, intended to counter new threats, extended its service life. Generally, these involved increasing the Panzer IV's armor protection or upgrading its weapons, although during the last months of the war, with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included simplifications to speed up the manufacturing process."


Panzer IV, a versatile design


To be able to cover all the evolution of the Panzer IV during the war, my brother built two types of turrets.  One with the short 75mm and one with the long 75 mm barrel.

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Our Panzer IV come in two camo colors:  "Blue Panzer" and "Desert Yellow"


Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
An example with a short barrel




Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The same tank with the long barrel



Panzer IV, making the model at 1/32 scale


Here a couple of pictures of the making of the Panzer IV.  It's not a tutorial ( I know, I know, maybe next time).

To be sure that our Panzer IV would be acccurate and at scale, we used George Bradford's book: German early war armored fighting vehicule


Panzer IV at 1/32 scale

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Tracks before painting

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Turret from the wood block to the final shape


Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The beast partly built

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The Panzer IV works..

Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
The assembly line


Panzer IV, being among its infantery men


Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Showing the suspension entirely drawn



Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
That guy seems to be very enthusiastic about the new tank



Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Let's go forward!!!!!


Panzer IV at 1/32 scale
Charcoal Marx and Desert Yellow; interesting mix!


That's all folks!  Your comment are always welcome!


4 comments:

  1. Very Well Done Sir! You have captured the turret perfectly. I can see it would be a difficult build in styrene but to do it wood? Great work!
    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Col! Our models are all made of wood. Depending on the type of turret, cast or welded, the challenge is different. Cast turret is clearly requires more wood work. I never use styrene but most of the time with round shape, you need to be able to sand to have a good result. Can styren can be sand?

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  2. Certainment! Styrene can be sanded, filed, heated under hot (really hot) water to form curves. It is a very versatile material. Use fine modellers files and emery paper to get good smooth results.
    Cheers

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    1. I didn't know that. Thanks for your answer!

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