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Panzer IV Ausf. J Sd.Kfz.161/2

1 SS Pz. Div. 723 Normandy 1944

 

This was my second build for the Panzer IV Single Type Group Build. It was a nice kit to make (as all Tamiya 1/48 AFV kits, I have made, seem to be} and I had my first go at using Tamiya's aftermarket Zimmerit stickers, which seemed to fit well despite being badged for their Ausf. H version.

 

It was finished in a bit of a rush - to make sure it was completed for the end of the GB (tomorrow) so I didn't add any stowage (apart from the bucket - gotta have a bucket....apparently) or figures or make a base.

 

It was still a very enjoyable build.

 

Kit: Tamiya 1/48

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush

Extras: Tamiya Zimmerit stickers (the set for the H version - which fit fine), Vallejo European Thick Mud, stretch sprue aerial and a bucket

 

Build thread: Here

 

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And a few on my Spitfire display base with some grass matting underneath:

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment in my build thread.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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Hi Stix, as always a suprb job, this base "multi-task", looks very effective, background is a nice touch.:goodjob:

 

Cheers Stix 👍

 

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On 16/03/2019 at 23:10, Gettig Old said:

Very nice detail, well done Sir 👍

 

Thank you very much, most kind! :thumbsup:

Kind regards, 

Stix

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You're churning these out quicker than the Germans did!:) Great work as always Stix with the hairy stick.

 

John. 

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Very nicely done, I had to scroll back to the top to check the scale!

 

Not done any 1/48 armour for years, the last one I built was by (I think) Aurora. Showing my age now! The detail has certainly come on in leaps & bounds.

 

Pete

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Hi Stix,

 

Obviously I watched this progress during the GB and, as always, was extremely impressed by your work - but doubly so, given that you managed to make two stunning models AND a vignette/diorama in just three months! If I were to give you my stash, it'd be done within the year and I'd have nothing to do for the rest of my life!

 

I'm liking the look of the Vallejo mud you've been using - it looks to be a good product, which you have applied with artistry. I will have to have a look at it, to try and work out what the ingredients are.

The zimmerit stickers also worked extremely well, despite them being designated 'Ausf H'. But then, Tamiya's 'Brass 88mm shells for the King Tiger' are also correct for the Nashorn. It seems Tamiya don't always advertise alternate (and viable) uses for their products - a marketing mistake surely? Or could they be so 'narrow sighted' as to not even have realised?

 

Anyway, a grand job, and a Pz IV deserving of the 1/48th 'trophy' in the Pz IV STGB.

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing your Patton in that STGB,

Rearguards,

Badder

 

 

 

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Stunning PIV well build and with a superp paint job !

Adding not too much stowage is not a disadvantage because these tanks looked pretty busy with their side skirts.

I am also not sure if these tanks had much stowage during this campaign.

:wow::thumbsup:

Have a great day

Bernd

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On 17/03/2019 at 09:59, FrancisGL said:

Hi Stix, as always a suprb job, this base "multi-task", looks very effective, background is a nice touch.:goodjob:

Cheers Stix 👍

Hi Francis and thank you very much. Yes my Spitfire display base does have uses beyond it's original purpose. I think the fact that it's a long, low angle photo with minimal features and a nice looking sky, means it works quite well for a variety of different kits. I was very lucky when I found the photo years ago, because there doesn't seem to have been anything similar since. It was on one of those copyright free sites along with a load of other lovely photos.

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 18/03/2019 at 08:41, Bullbasket said:

You're churning these out quicker than the Germans did!:) Great work as always Stix with the hairy stick.

John. 

Hi John and I don't think I'm that quick!! Two models in three months........could do better! There are people on BM who already have four or more built since the year started! I do not know how they do it! Thank you for your comments. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

 

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7 hours ago, Steve27752 said:

Very nice. I know very little about German armour, what are the spikes on the sides for?

 

To keep the zombies away!

 

(Actually, I think that they're the hooks for the side skirt armour, which isn't installed. Stix will no doubt be along shortly to provide more, accurate, information.)

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On 06/04/2019 at 19:55, Steve27752 said:

Very nice. I know very little about German armour, what are the spikes on the sides for?

Hi Steve. Thank you very much and @Rob G is correct. There were brackets on the insides of the spaced side armour plates (schurzen) that fitted over the spikes on the side rails. It does look 'interesting' though without the plates in place. While in actual use the armour plates often got dislodged or removed. 

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 24/03/2019 at 09:51, Mohawk said:

Bravo sir,:clap2::clap2::clap2:

mohawk

Hi Mohawk and thank you very much. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Impressive job Stix. I love especially the last photo :clap2:

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On 24/03/2019 at 11:10, Rogue705 said:

Great looking P.IV 👍

Thank you very much Rogue705! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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