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Phil1960

Best Panzer IV Ausf. G in 1/35 scale

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Hi All, I’m little confused so I need your help to identify best Panzer IV Ausf. G in 1/35 (no interiors details) What do you think about it?
Many thanks.

Ciao Filippo

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Many thanks Nigel! 👍

In your references I noticed Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. F2 & G. Nice. Do you think it is better than Dragon Ausf G. early?

Ciao

Filippo 

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12 minutes ago, Phil1960 said:

Many thanks Nigel! 👍

In your references I noticed Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. F2 & G. Nice. Do you think it is better than Dragon Ausf G. early?

Ciao

Filippo 

I’m afraid I don’t know as I don’t have either.  My only observation is that they both seem comprehensive but the Dragon one is from 2007 and the Border one from 2019.

 

Also price and availability may be a factor.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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You' re right Nigel even if looking a Dragon Pz IV H it seems to me very well detailed. Anyway as previuos said Dragon prices are absolutely too high 😟.

Ciao

Filippo

 

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I have both the Dragon Ausf G "LSSAH Kharkov" kit, and the Border Models F2/G kit, at this time. 

For price I would go with the Border kit. Detail and number of parts go to the Dragon, but not by much at all detail wise.

 

It's like Border took the Dragon concept and made a "Smarter" Smart Kit, as another review put it. 

 

Just don't go with the F1 by Border, as the engine deck is incorrect, and the early run had the up-armored turret roof, which was incorrect for the F1.

The new Tamiya F1 kit should be out soon, and It will be interesting to see how that one looks. 

 

 

Lee.

 

 

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For your consideration. This one is worth a look IMV.  While I think the splash new entrant Border Models have made with their product at a equally impressive price point is probably very hard to beat from what we've seen, Zvezda's very recent AFV range new toolings aren't exactly shabby. Albeit requiring a higher degree of old school modelling skill in assembly, they build into accurate, detailed models OOTB, and the price point permits the addition of gobs of aftermarket goodies within the equivalent budget of a Dragon kit should that be the direction one is inclined to go. Having recently researched, bought and inspected their Ferdinand kit, I am most impressed comparing it against Tamiya's not very old tooling Elefant kit. It exceeded my expectation from my other recent Zvezda new tool build experiences.  e.g. 2018 new tool Factory 183 T-34/85 - built, 2019 tooled SU-85 (3690) -currently under construction. T-34/76 Uralmash -stash, waiting in the wings alongside that Ferdinand.  I'll likely be buying Zvezda's Ausf. G myself when I get around to another Pz.Kpfw IV. For basis of perspective, only other Panzer IVs I have in 1/35 are Dragon's (6315) short barreled Ausf F(1) Smart Kit, and a venerable Tamiya Ausf. H I built a 'zillion' years ago. 

 

Caveats.

1. I wouldn't buy Zvezda's Ausf. H generally, but only because I wouldn't buy any manufacturer's model in 2020 requiring Zimmerit without it being intrinsically slide moulded in as Dragon now does so well hence my favouring the Ausf. G over the H in Zvezda as a modelling subject. Yes, a limited range of Ausf. H scenarios sans Zimmerit, and Zvezda's Ausf. H kit does come with decal Zimmerit supplied in the box,

2. Whilst I demand reasonable accuracy in scale and form, in my dotage I'm satisfied with a level of detail unconcerned about a proverbial absent rivet my eyesight would be challenged to even see, or fingers frustrated to form of PE and apply. respecting YMMV.  

 

Overwhelming majority of my 1/35 armour is Dragon or Tamiya, a couple of Academy (I'm afflicted with a Hetzer obsession), Trumpeter and Italeri. Who doesn't love Tamiya fit and their new tool detail, or Dragon Smart Kit fit & detail too? Retired now, I don't like their pricing in 2020. Zvezda have lifted their game over the past decade to a point I am increasingly favouring their kits, and enjoying building them. Current count I have four Zvezda armour kits alongside all but two of their newer tool Great Patriotic War era aircraft kits in 1/48, and they won't be my last by a long shot. I'm excited about their forthcoming new tool 1/48 IL-2. Fingers crossed it's up to their Pe-2 release standard. I was going to wait until they released the later war two seater, but I think its a certainty I won't be able to resist buying and building the initial release single seater when it does. 

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