Compared with the
Bergepanzer III, the Bergepanzer IV was actually a rare vehicle, with
only 21 built. The conversion work on the real vehicle was quite simple,
and it is thus not surprising that the same can be said about this
set. The conversion is mainly limited to a wooden deck where the turret
once was, a winch and a massive wooden beam.
CMK goes that little bit further by also giving the modeler other
parts to update the Panzer IV, be it in it's Bergepanzer or Panzerkampfwagen
guise. This means you get some PE update parts (e.g. handrail, spare
wheel holder, fender flaps) and a full set of new resin wheels. I
am not quite sure why these are given, but they will allow you to
backdate the wheels of the Revell kits (which is the suggested donor
kit, although I guess that any kit will do) to the earlier style hubs.
Under the assumption that older PzKpfw IV hulls were used for this
conversion, this makes sense, although they might not be necessary.
Overall quality of the parts and of
the manual is very good, as usual from CMK.