At this time I was busy with other things, I did not build much plastic models. I made it from July to September 2010.
Last time, I commented to make a car model next time, but after all I’ve been making this tank recently. I found this at the model shop near my house. Dragon Models have put the Zimmerit Coating model to the market this time, I remember the type without Zimmerit was released around the last spring. This Zimmerit model was highly admired by many modelers and magazines.
Construction around the chassis was many parts, but it’s not difficult because I made the G type about one year ago.
Other website commented that this model was designed with less parts than other Dragon’s kits. But you can see the piled up runner behind the kit. And this is the half amount, I have another pile beside my desk.
However, parts not used in this model are many when I read the instruction guide.
It’s a little difficult to attach the upper armor plates to the chassis. Especially parts F & M should be set to the back of the chassis and required sensitive adjustment. I could not fit perfectly in the back armor of the other parts but using instant glue.
Now I’m making turret. Type H turret has schurzen and you can see the schurzen holding parts in this photo.
I just completed to attache turret schurzen. I noticed that the barrel was fixed unusual angle around 30 degrees upper. Maybe glue was flowing into the movable joint. What a pity!
It’s already fixed as steady as a rock, but I tried to adjust with all my strength. Now natural looking shape but small gap occurred.
Now this is bonding the rubber caterpillar. I feel it’s 2 trucks longer than the natural slacking. It’s easier to adjust the length of the magic track, but belt caterpillar was costing time free item. It takes about 3 minutes. This kit concept is easy assemble with prepared Zimmerit Coating, so the attached belt caterpillar may be popular with many people. Anyway, I’ll use this belt caterpillar.
Thin aluminum board is in this kit for schurzen. This seems to be good quality. I use the rapid bonding adhesive for joint hung handles with this metal board. Much more glue is not stronger bonding strength, but anyway I use fluent glue for joint them.
Belt caterpillar doesn’t seem real without adjusting the slacking as this photo. To become natural as much as possible, I’ll bond it little by little.
Starting to fix this caterpillar with the driving wheel, and next I fixed it with road wheels. Finally, I cut off 1 or 2 peaces length to make them natural looking. It was utmost, though I can’t say it’s good looking. But maybe the side skirt (schurzen) hide them.
Ｉ jointed the Hornet head with the Tristar tank soldier figure. Using Duro putty to change the angle of the right arm. It’s an excellent face of relaxing.
Photo shot of not attached schurzen situation. It’s a good balance of shape.
We can see the machine tool on the upper body. You can find the point of cutting caterpillar to adjust slacking……
It was easy to assemble because of the Zimmerit Coating was molded from the beginning. Maybe the quality is higher than by myself. I suppose it’s an important element that we can finish up the assemble without time and burden.
I imagined the looking with schurzen was smart like the Middle Ages knight but too simple and I felt it’s not so good.
I pulled out the schurzen board at the center for a change. Finally, I’ll decide how to set up them after painting…
I can start the painting process from next week before washing all the body. However, I might begin to assemble a different kit.
I blew dark-yellow and khaki-green. Because the temperature of Tokyo is about 35 degrees every day, unbearably hot. But I should have opened the window of my room for complete ventilation. Mr. Color is stronger thinner smell than Humbrol and directly inhaling is very bad for our health. It’s possible to fall down while making the model due to heat stroke.
Red Brown painting completed. The basis of this time camouflage is striped like pattern for referring the instruction. I didn’t paint camouflage on the back of schurzen.
In the meantime, I completed airbrush painting roughly. Camouflage painting is the best part of making German tank, isn’t it?
I’ll paint the detailed area by small brush later, and I can amend the overflow of the airbrush at the same time. The Panzerkampfwagen IV has 16 trank rollers and airbrush painting was tough, but I suppose it’s easier than hand brush painting..
PANZERKAMPFWAGEN IV type H was completed. As for H type, about 2,300 cars were produced between May ’43 and February ’44. The schurzen and the Zimmerit Coating are features of type H.
Ｉ chose the marking of the eighth regiment, second armor division in Normandy in 1944. The second armor division reshuffled to France for the replenishment in the Battle of Kursk, and they were annihilated in the Falaise Pocket battle in Normandy. This division finally surrendered to the Allied Forces though they were organized again and fought well in the battle of the Bulge.
I painted an orthodox three color camouflage. It is a big vertical direction camouflage this time. This time, I chose Mr. Color to basic paint. I usually use Humbrol Color for basic paint, but while the washing, same enamel thinner make the paint coating wrinkle sometimes. Almost Japanese modelers use Mr. Color, I suppose.
The decal of the kit attachment is high-quality made of the Cartograf. I made the decals stick by a decal fit after gloss coated. And after that I use the mat coating. I can avoid the decal shining this time for using that process. However, I pasted the right side decals mistaken, it’s too close between nationality mark and turret number.
Not so good painting of the tank soldier and the camouflage. I think that the dot too large and light green is something different.
I used the dish washing sponge for this tipping. It is a quite good tool for easily put on tipping for wide area. I used the oil painting, but I suppose the Humbrol is better for quick dry. It is necessary to wait when Ｉ do washing and pastel work at the same time.
All schurzen removed, installed partly, and full attached. I took many types of photo. I personally felt the all schurzen removed picture is good-looking.
I commented the figure painting this time was not so good, but from this range, sense of incompatibility is almost nothing…
Because the schurzen was a monotonous plane, Ｉ put the change a little by expressing the tipping and eavesdropping. However, after Ｉ had applied every schurzen, Ｉ imagine the all crew except the commander were difficult to clear the situation outside the battlefield. It’s interesting these plates have number markings. Did they carry it by hand, though it’s considerably heavy looking plate even by one piece? Or maybe detaching them by crane….
I did not paint the shackle in metallic color this time because the shackle was sometimes painted in body color.
Only the muffler was given dirty thick painting. Weathering is very interesting and I can’t stop working by and again…
The end is a shot of sideways shaking the turret. I could assemble this Dragon’s easily and finished beautifully though are a lot of parts.
Anyway, I have failed some point, this work was completed. Quite good looking !! (though it is the self-satisfaction.)