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Old 10-06-2010, 11:23 AM
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Hi Chad,

I was just asking because good and clear photos can show which manufacturer built a Pz IV. Each of the 3 factories (Krupp, Vomag and Nibelungen) had specific details. And a good photo from as many sides as possible, can tell us the factory. And I'm always intersested in Pz IV

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Old 10-06-2010, 03:12 PM
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Whew, took me a while to read through the whole Blog .
Another great build Chad! I really like the Zimmerit!
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:42 PM
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Wow nice work Chad! Just my type of Pz IV, love the Shurtzen!

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no comments on the chains i wanted to see if you guys thought i should stick with the real chains which i would agree are slightly over scalled thought they are the smallest available, or go with the PE chains which are smaller but flat and slightly unrealistic in appearance. it's a personal taste issue i know but wanted to see what you guys thought. either would be more or less accurate in its own way but wanted to see what all of you think is the best option.
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:44 PM
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Sorry, i havenīt seen the question.
I use real chains all the time and judging from the pics, they are pretty much the same you use. Stick with them, they might be a bit overscale, but at least they look like real chains.
Personally, i wonīt use the PE-stuff ever again.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:08 PM
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yea finally got the thumbnail figured out.... as for the aber cable, i annealed it more than once to a glowing orange and it's still super stiff. i have made it work after much effort and overbending to get the desired bend but i'll never buy another one. verdict on the pe........... first let me say that it's a very nice upgrade and some of the parts are very well thought out. the only thing that lets it down is the manner by which the clasps are to be assembled. as i mentioned earlier, i didn't use any of them save for the ones on the back of the turret bin because they were too hard to make look right. i ended up buying a set of aber clasps instead. that's my only major gripe with it, otherwise it's pretty good stuff. I like the fenders and the way they go together better than any other pe fenders i've dealt with. i'd say it was as good as aber but i still had to use some aber parts and scratch build a few items but i usually end up doing that anyway. all that said, i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it just be aware that the clasps are suspect. i seem to recall someone else mentioning this on another post about their clasps being undersized and too hard to assemble. one thing i will certainly commend them on is that they put in a lot of variable/option parts. they included all the different types of shurtzen brackets so you could build almost any later style panzer IV. also, they include extra parts of the really small stuff that tends to get lost in the carpet. they saved me on this a few times. would definately use again.
Thanks for the info! Griffon's reputation is becoming better and better. Whenever it comes to clamps and clasps, ABER is the 1st choice. Even if companies copy the design exactly, the ABER stuff goes together so much better.
Hm, I don't know what else to do with the towing cable. An alternative would be a Karaya product. They make great scale cable too.
Regarding the chains, I'm with Markus. Much better than PE renderings!

And now I can't wait for the pics of th combined hull / turret tank

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i'm going to call this build done unless someone has some technical issues with it. going to post it over at ML as well since i've gotten a lot of technical input from other there too to be sure that everything is as it should be before i spray any primer on this one. certainly was a learning experience dealing with all of the panzer IV features but i think i've gotten it right (maybe). anyway, thanks for all the help along with way and here she is......











as always, look forward to your critiques.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:37 AM
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This looks fantastic. I love all the work that went into it, especially all the PE. It seams a shame to have to put some paint on it. looks like it weighs a ton with all the metal that is on it.
Awesome work Chad. looking forward to seeing what you do with the painting.

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Old 10-11-2010, 08:39 AM
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Forgot to mention that the diagonal Zimm is beautiful. now that is skill.

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Old 10-11-2010, 03:09 PM
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What? No paint?
Just kidding, itīs looks sharp Chad!
Now paint it!!!
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