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Return Rollers for Pz.IV (4 types) 1:35

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Return Rollers for Pz.IV (4 types)

1:35 OKB Grigorov

 

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The Panzer IV went through many changes during its production run with the goal of either improving the design, simplifying production, or a combination of both.  This led to a difference in design of return rollers for the vehicle, which is an aspect that isn’t always catered for by injection moulded kit manufacturers.  If you’re interested in getting the most realistic and accurate finish on your model, you may well be interested in one or more of these sets from manufacturer OKB Grigorov.

 

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There are four types, each with subtle and not-so-subtle differences between them.  Each set arrives in a ziplok bag with a paper header stapled to it, and inside are eight casting blocks with two wheels per block that build up into one pair, so eight pairs in total, with four per side.  You’ll need to check your references to see which type your chosen Panzer IV was fitted with, and you may well find that multiple types were fitted to vehicles that needed repair or replacements due to battle damage or equipment failure.

 

Type 1 (S35006) – Flat central cap with a middle bolt and three more around the circumference.

Type 2 (S35007) – Domed cap with outer ring and central bolt.

Type 3 (S35008) – Recessed centre with central bolt and outer ring.

Type 4 (S35009) – Domed cap with outer ring and central bolt, plus two diametrically opposed ribs running between hub and rim.

 

Casting is excellent with each wheel joined to the block by a thin web-work that should be easy to remove and clean up along the wheel’s contact surface that holds up the returning track length.  Types 2-4 even have visible circlips if you look closely enough, which is pretty impressive.

 

Very highly recommended.

 

Type 1

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Type 2

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Type 3

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Type 4

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