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Morning all, thought I'd post the next major project. The Border Model Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J Late with full upgrades by Voyager and Eduard.

 

Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J LateBorder Model | No. BT-008

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Voyager Model  No. PE351142

 

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Panzer IV Series Fenders Dragon 60xx Series~Voyager Model | No. PE35187

 

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Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J (Last Production) Basic Set (For DRAGON 6575) Voyager Model | No. PE35458

I got this set as it has a couple of details that didn't come with the specific Voyager set above.

 

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German WW2 PzKw III & PzKw-Ⅳ later period - B metal trackR Model | No. 35041

 

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Schurzen mesh Pz.IV Ausf. J Tamiya Eduard | No. 35595

 

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Some of the sets are not specific to Border, but I don't think it will make any difference. I'll let you know through the build. Going to make a better effort for photos of progress than of late.

Might look at adding the barrel option if I can find one, if the kit barrel doesn't. Have to say, finding anything there days is getting tough. Seems all UK sellers are not on the distribution list of many suppliers.

So off back to the Marder IIIM rebuild until all this arrives.

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2 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

Looks like you've got some serious work ahead of you Simon. I'll be following along.

 

John.

 

Hi John, yes mate. It'll be a long one. It should all be with me by end of next week. Time enough to clear the work bench and clean up ready.....:think:

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I built this alongside the venerable but tricky to find Dragon 6575 Ausf J this time last year. This was according to Panzer IV aficionados, thought to be 'the best' Ausf J available up until the very recent ruck of Miniart, Border and RFM releases.

 

My summary below of both kits, highlights the Border kit’s missing part, the instruction error and some fit issues I experienced.

 

'Although there are definitely a few improvements over that 10-year-old, the Border kit does still have a few niggles that require ironing out. Positives over the Dragon kit include better engineered D-Schurzen and a trick method of attaching the track guards after attaching both upper and lower hull together, leaving easy access to aftermarket track installation. Border also gives the option of link and length as well as individual tracks. However, I felt these improvements are offset by issues that the Dragon kit didn’t have. In my kit these included far too much mould offset, requiring far more clean-up of parts. I found main component fit issues with both the front upper hull armoured panel and the idler fitment to the hull is surely a joke (square peg into round hole syndrome). The two-part turret moulding is not as well engineered and the turret Schurzen doors are instructed to be fitted back to front, (thankfully an easy fix to swap sides) A very evident omission concerns the ball mounted MG which has no armoured ring and I found that the whole top deck panel would have benefited from some internal supports on both the front and rear panels. I also have no idea why they supplied the poly caps as they do not fit and are a complete waste of time’.

 

PS. A spare Dragon full ball mount and ring from the parts box did fit perfectly and solve the missing armoured ring issue.

 

Looking forward to your build as I have yet to paint mine.

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I'll take a seat and watch you work your magic on this one

OK beer and popcorn ordered please carry on in your own good time

 

       Stay safe            Roger

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  • 2 months later...

Afternoon all.....apologies for their considerable time since I kicked this one off, and not posting anything.....:worry:. It's been a tough first time build of such complicated fenders.....for me that is. Learnt a bit from having a go. I've only at this point done a little damage to the front left. The rest is going to be as is, for now. The Thomas shields have been a handful, I have to admit but I'm happy with the result. The nice fine mesh of the Eduard set I ended up using, rather than the set that came with the kit by Border. The mesh from Eduard was far more accurate.

 

I have the set of R-Model tracks waiting in the wings, but will give the kit tracks a shot first and see if they work out. Hope to post those next.

 

Overall the Border kit is excellent, really nice to build. The barrel come's with it, and all I had to add was the locking clip on on the muzzle break from spare parts. As you can see from the white filler on the turret front, I picked up the wrong one for the J version. Although I have see in some images the only cover for the gun sight welded on - so might make that final amendment and put the old cover on with weld beads applied.

 

Here's where she stands at present.......

 

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Both rear mud flaps have the springs that came with the finder set....and working hinges.

 

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I added a couple of Heavy Hobby 3D printed tool clamps for the first time....not a bad product indeed.

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The left hand side Thoma shields are done, including the top grills to stop I imagine hand grenades etc.

 

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Anyway, that's it for now and hope to post some more soon; but I have a group build with my MAFVA club that needs to be finished by the 30th September, with a subject of Italian Campaign 1943-45. I've chosen the Italeri Autoblinda AB41# 6591 in German hands after the Italian surrender.

 

Cheers all.....:yes:

 

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That’s one fine looking model their. Those shields look really smart. Top job! Good that the kit supplies the metal barrel. 
  Are you going with the disc camo like the box art?
Paul

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Nice job there Simon, always like a Panzer IV with some Thoma armour.  I still have the Dragon Ausf.J to build with some Eduard Thoma shields.  Camouflage plans?

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21 hours ago, Muchmirth said:

That’s one fine looking model their. Those shields look really smart. Top job! Good that the kit supplies the metal barrel. 
  Are you going with the disc camo like the box art?
Paul

 

Thanks Paul....:yes:. Yeah, makes a little easier and not to have to worry about the seam. As I said above, the muzzle break is well done with the internal parts just like a metal one. I intend a plain Jane in Dunkel Gelb with some red oxide parts here and there.

 

21 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

Its almost a shame to put paint on it. Seriously good work there Simon. The brass looks great.

 

John.

 

Cheers mate.....:yes: I'm not set up for painting at present, so it may languish in this state for some time. There again I have to set up to paint the group build I'm in.....so could attempt to finish off a few as regards paint job's.

 

20 hours ago, Retired Bob said:

Nice job there Simon, always like a Panzer IV with some Thoma armour.  I still have the Dragon Ausf.J to build with some Eduard Thoma shields.  Camouflage plans?

 

Plain Jane Bob....Dunkel Gelb...maybe a faint green line camo....have to see. Thanks for the thumbs up mate...:yes:

 

17 hours ago, edjbartos said:

Beautiful clean work Simon, there are times when a model looks special unpainted and this is one of them, as John said earlier, it's a shame to put paint on it. Tremendous work...

 

Ed

 

Thanks Ed.....:yes:

 

16 hours ago, Keeff said:

Nice job!  Here was I thinking I'll follow along and hey presto, it's done! 🤣

 

Keith 😁 

 

Yeah sorry Keith. As I said above the kit itself falls together with nothing to report.......other than if anyone does build this Border Panzer IV, you have to put a bracket in styrene to support the top plate......just behind in between the driver and radio access hatch's, as the top plate has a slight warp downward which creates a slight gap. Oh yeah. This was mentioned in build blog somebody did on here. The rear idlers have a square pin, rather than a round pin that actually match's the hole. I had to sleeve them in brass tube, so I can adjust them when tracks are applied later.

 

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As regards the Thoma shields........all done...

 

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Off to start finishing all the tools and fender details etc.

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26 minutes ago, Redcoat2966 said:

Plain Jane Bob....Dunkel Gelb...maybe a faint green line camo....have to see.

Sounds good Simon, the disc camo is a real pain to get right, especially with all the thoma shields and the mesh grenade panels.  In the last couple of months of the war they wouldn't have had time for all that messing about anyway. :hmmm:

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  • 10 months later...
On 4/16/2024 at 5:33 PM, echen said:

@Redcoat2966 Did you ever get this one finished?

 

Hi Echen, sorry for the delay in responding.......and as regards the Panzer IV, nah mate, still in the unpainted condition above. Unfortunately my other half signed me up... (volunteered me that is....🙄 ) to help renovate a house and then build a bathroom in another property, so been snowed under since August last year. I'm going to be finished on this last project by the end of this month, painting etc.

 

I'm then off until next year.....theres a lot of unfinished armour projects started last year that need finishing. But knowing me, I'll end up starting some new builds and never get to them.....let's hope not.

 

All the best

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