|Kit #: JKT72045||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
The Jagdpanzer IV L/48 was produced from January 1944 (when Zimmerit was already mandatory) to November 1944 with the following modifications carried out during production :
Jagdpanzer IV L/48, "Early" (7276) has the features
that are in bold in the list above (if we follow the instructions).
It is thus mostly an April 1944 vehicle (if we sand down the second
MG cap). Alternatively, we could use the spare gun mantle of the early
type that is included (but that the instructions don't mention and
that is used in none of the other Dragon Jagdpanzer IV kits) and easily
backdate the kit to a March 1944 vehicle.
JK Resin once again comes to the rescue. Note that the "early/mid" on the boxtop probably refers to the real production sequence and not to a Dragon boxing, as (as far as I know) Dragon never released anything else than the Jagpanzer IV L/48 "Early". Dragon's kit is indeed a pre-September 1944 model as it still has four return rollers in each side. Modelers who want to hide the return rollers behind the Schürzen and pretend it is a late, post-Zimmerit version
As the instructions already show, the JK Resin set contains a large number of parts, some in wafer thin resin sheets (to the point of being translucent), comparable to JK's general Zimmerit sheets, and more traditional resin replacement parts.
are the wafer thin, pre-cut Zimmerit sheets, which I hardly dare to
touch. (Don't handle them when you have a cold.)
I dry fitted a few of the parts and the fit is excellent. The cutouts for the return rollers, etc., are exactly where they should be and the dimensions are spot on. For some parts, I can only be absolutely sure when the kit parts are assembled, though. Note that these resin parts contain some of the small protrusions (fuel filler lids) that the Dragon parts also have, which mean they have to be removed from the plastic Dragon parts before installing the resin Zimmerit (something the instructions don't point out).
are the replacement parts. I did not dry fit most of the parts, as
the most important parts (for the frontal armor) require surgery on
the Dragon resin parts. I did dry fit the front plate of the superstructure
and there the fit was excellent. The part is notably thicker than
the Dragon, part, though, which can not only be due to the presence
Note that the parts above also contain a fire extinguisher that JK released as a set and comes with a PE part and decals, which is something that raises the detail of the kit to a new level.
I am not easily impressed, but this set has left me in awe. I can only hope that JK continues to provide Zimmerit for all the kits out there that are bereft of these little striations. Perhaps one day we might even see a set for a French Sherman.
(Readers who doubt my objectiveness, because this was a free review set, are free to prove me wrong about the quality of the set.)
 Jagdpanzer, Jagdpanzer IV, Panzer IV/70 and Panzer IV/70(A), Panzer Tracts 9-2, T.L. Jentz, H.L. Doyle
 Jagdpanzer IV Part 1 - L/48, H.F. Duske, T. Greenland, D. Terlisten, Nuts & Bolts 37
Review sample kindly provided by JK Resin.