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Building a Panzer IVJ - Part 1

The subject for this article is Tamiya’s Panzer IV J (kit # 35181). I’ll be adding Eduard (set #35326) PZ.IV details, (#35181) PZ. IV-H skirt armor and DML individual track links. As is the case with most armor kits today you can spend a lot more on aftermarket parts or you can spend less-it’s up to you. My intentions are to give an overall impression of my techniques for building armor. Many of the techniques I use can be transferred to other types of armor like modern or allied.

Let me preface this article by stating that I am not an expert in German armor. I choose not to limit the scope of my interests to any one period or type of modeling, so I’ll not be commenting on things such as number of bolt heads on the rear hull lip, or angles of turret armor or the like.

I begin by looking over the instructions, as I always do. Once the detail sets arrive I cross check the instructions-marking off parts that will be replaced with p.e. details on the kits instruction sheet. AS the tools would be receiving p.e. straps all the molded on straps and holders were removed and the tools were placed in a small ziplock and tossed in the box ‘till later. Larry chose the scheme so I didn’t have to fuss about what PzKpfw.IV I wanted to build.

©2002 - Text and images by Mike Taylor - All Rights Reserved.

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That's pretty good timing...that should give me motivation to get off my arse and start my own Tamiya Panz IV J
JUN 01, 2002 - 01:06 PM
Nice article, gave it a quick read.
JUN 02, 2002 - 12:43 AM
Double post... *Smacks head against wall*
JUN 02, 2002 - 12:43 AM
Nice and well written article, I´m anxious to read the next one
JUN 02, 2002 - 04:31 AM
Great article it shed some light on the oil base weathering, I do much the same thing except in the water base paints and artist grade water colors, I dont get the same effect over all.Maybe I'll try the oils the next time I'll wait on your next series with baited breath. pony soldier
JUN 02, 2002 - 05:08 AM
great article cant wait for the rest of it :-)
JUN 02, 2002 - 08:55 PM
Nice article Mike! Very informative and the Panzer is looks great too. I am not very fond of doing a wash but your article explained it very well. Have you ever tried to simulate shadows with a dark basecoat? I have been doing that for quite sometime with great success. Cheers, CDT Reimund Manneck U.S. Army ROTC
JUN 02, 2002 - 09:28 PM
Very nice article! Useful info and great documentation! Give us more of this... :-) Toni
JUN 02, 2002 - 09:33 PM
Yes, great article. Wish I had this article to reference about 5 months ago..lol!
JUN 03, 2002 - 07:20 AM
Thanks for the article all the more reason to start building all those MkIV's reaching for the rafters.
SEP 01, 2003 - 09:56 AM