Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. H
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by Salvador Mauri
Micola - staticgrinder666(at)yahoo(dot)es
Edited by Rob Haelterman
As I already built some 1/72 Zvezda models in the past, I thought it would be cool to see how it works with this reference of the Pz. IV Ausf. H. My interest was focused on the construction of the running gear, as Zvezda’s construction system is very different than for most manufacturers out there.
I built the model just out of the box to see how the appearance of the model is when it is finished with no extra work or additions.
of the pieces is very good, with no problems in any part of the model,
as usual for this manufacturer. The detail and sharpness of the kit
is also very well done, with all imaginable kind of features like
rivets, tools, towing cable, etc…but you will have to drill
out the muzzle barrel. Also the Schürzen plates are all put together
and if you want to build them with only two or three per side you
will have to cut them. Also about the Schürzen, hooks that hold
each plate are integrated on the triangle support that are on the
lateral bar, so if you want to cut some plate you will have to sand
the hook that is integrated at each triangle support.
major issue that I have had to deal with was the construction of the
tracks. The idle wheel can be moved in its support as in the real
tank, to tighten or to loosen the tracks, and as there is no pin to
fix the idle wheel at the exact position, you will have to check the
exact position for yourself. When I fixed the idle wheel it seems
that I did not glue it in the exact position so, when I put the tracks,
the fit was a bit short with a little gap from the beginning and the
end of them, but fortunately, as the gap is on the upper part it remained
hidden by the Schürzen system. So next time I build this same
model kit I will have to take that in mind.
I finished the model in a winter camo, as I wanted
it very filthy and crusty and this model is perfect to check weathering
techniques and stuff like that.
All in all, this is a very pleasant model to build. As I said, fit is very good except the issue with the tracks, but if you do it right the result is good. This is a more complex build than other references from Zvezda (like for example the T-34/76 Zvezda #5001), but it is worth the effort, I think.
Review sample purchased by the author.
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