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Old 04-30-2007, 05:01 PM
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German Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf.D/E Fahrgestell - Trumpeter kit

Hello everybody!

I will be building this kit and hopefully taking as many pictures as possible along the way. I will not attempt something as intricate as LQ is doing, but I hope to at least keep you interested.

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Old 04-30-2007, 05:13 PM
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The kit is something between Trumpeter's own approach and a mixture of Tristar and DML. over all quality is good and the kit is fun to build. I skipped the suspension parts because I didn't want to fall asleep....later maybe.....

I started of with the back plate. The fit as you can see is ok, but a little filler is needed, to make everything smooth.



The final drive is next. It uses the same method as the super kits of other companies. The bolts were easy to cut from the sprue, and not one jumped off.





The towing shackles were optional parts, they can be made out of PE, or the plastic ones. I chose the plastic pieces because their dimensions look more real. They however suffer from poor molding/fit.



As you can see I have added 6 bolts as appropriate for the D version.



Next I glued the back plate and there were some minor gaps but nothing to worry about. Just a quick sweep of filler.



More to come in a few seconds.....
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:28 PM
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The mufflers are nice but in need of some putty....





The idler wheel suppots are nicely done and no seamlines there.
I allready added a cone shaped part to the end...



Fitted to the back with some other small details.



This is a bit of a problem, If I sand it smooth, the piece connected to the hull tub will be very thin and odd...



The front plate fitted very well without and filler required.



I have a plan how to add the recessed screws with out AM parts.....



(What I an trying here is an OOTB build to show you all the kit.)

Next-up was time for the upper hull. The drivers plate is a separate part and it needed some filler to make it look smooth in relation to hte other areas.



The glass was supplied in the kit in the form of clear plastic sheet pre-stamped to make cutting easyer.

(My fingers are not usually red)



The hatches were separate (of course) with moded on inside detail but on the outside, the handles were supplied separate and were nicely attached to the sprue with light connecting points.



The visors installed...



Fit between the upper hull and lower hull was super.



The back piece was separate.



Thanks for looking!

A really fun kit so far!

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:07 PM
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Oh my God, I feel a bit sick. The detail is so soft. I paid a premium price for mine as well... Auuug! I have to lie down...(maybe I should start mine just to see.. )
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Siim,

Cool vehicle and nice to see a build other than Dragon, etc.

Looking good......Paul
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:30 PM
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Doesn't the Tamiya Panzer IV accessories kit have the tow points? Would look alot better than that crap Trumpeter pulled.
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Hi Guys,

I got one for review (started the review and got side tracked). I used all the suspension wheels/sprockets/idlers from the original Dragon Pz IV Ausf E kit and a scratchbuilt exhaust. It turns out the sprue photos I took were not good but I already started (and stopped) building. Oh well.

Siim, good going so far. DON'T add the circular glass to the vent hole behind the left glass block. A screen would be better.

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Nice build, Siim.

I've been thinking for months to buy this kit to put it along my Karl; now I'll know if it is worthy to spend the money.
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Good start! Go Siim go!
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Siim,

Glad to see you're up and running again!!!!!

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PANTHER????????

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