SPanzer IV Ausf. F2 1/76

Dad Paul B

387 posts

I am currently building up my German vehicle collection for Airfix Battles (my son is doing the British). Unfortunately Airfix most of the military vehicles are absent from Airfix stocks at the moment so it is a case of picking up what I can.

The Panzer IV is one of the later vehicle toolings (1970) and this was nicely rendered in the usual modern grey styrene rather than the green which is common in earlier issues. It has some nicely rendered details for the tools, though purists like them seperate at this scale the integral mouldings are fine. As usual the running gear is a little fiddly (though I have encountered worse) and the vinyl 'rubber band' tracks don't sit all that well (I didn't try painting them as they take paint very badly).

The only fit issue I encountered was the undercut sections on the rear of the hull which were quite tight (though I fitted them after putting the hull top sections onto the main hull so it might be easier to assembly the complete top hull before fixing it to the base. Otherwise it went together well and has very little flash. The only addition to the 'out of the box' build was a commander in the cupola (an airfix German Paratrooper with his arm in a sling) and the whip aerial made from stretched sprue. The decals were 21st Panzer Division from The Plastic Soldier Company for unit consistency with my other vehicles. Due to limited availability it operates alongside 1/72 Pz IVs by Armourfast. However the scale difference is not that significant for wargames purposes (mainly height which makes the 1/72 version look more 'chunky').

Given that the Pz. IV was the most significant German Tank of WW2 it ought to be front and centre of the range (along with the Sherman, M3 Half Track, Sdkfz 251 Hanomag, Sdkfz 222 and Puma Armoured Cars and Cromwell, Panther and Tiger 1). The new Cromwell is very nice and ought to be joined with similar new tools of the other major vehicles of WW2 to generate cross sales with the Airfix Battles game.

Photos below were taken on the Airfix Battles maps and show the AF 1/72 version side by side to show the scale differences.

 

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

Paws4thot

1212 posts

I always had trouble with those undercut sections too, largely because Airfix moulded them correctly!

Any Airfix PzKfw IV I built was moulded in an approximation to Afrika Korps yellow though.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

nmcabecadas

311 posts

I have several Airfix PzKfw IV because then was the only option. Still, is a nice kit and a good wargame tanks.The 21st Panzer Div is very close to a vertical D, with a horizontal line in the midle.I also have a wounded commander in my last tank, but is different :)

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Ratch

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 I've built a few over the years, here are just two of them. 15th Panzer Division, Afrika Korps

F.1

F.2

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nmcabecadas

311 posts

@Ratch

 I've built a few over the years, here are just two of them. 15th Panzer Division, Afrika Korps

F.1

 

 

F.2

 

 

I don't see the pictures, if are any...

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Ratch

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 I can see them

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nmcabecadas

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Nuno M. Cabeçadas http://veraoverdeorg.blogspot.com http://soldadosminiatura.blogspot.com

These form the second battalion of my wargames German Panzer Regiment.  These models date back to when the original kit was issued and was the most readily available 1/76 model of the PzIV.

Dad Paul B

387 posts

Nice unit Alan. This shows why these have a place in the range - people buy them in quantity which is why the Tiger II was a poor choice from a wargamers perspective since it is the IVs (or IIIs early on) that were there in numbers. So for 1944 you need Shermans, Pz IVs, Cromwells, Fireflys, Halftracks, Carriers and anti-tank guns before moving on to the fancy stuff.

What rules do you use? Airfix battles works best at up to Platoon level (base unit is the squad/section or individual vehicle) and has a nice card driven command system.

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

David, I use a set of home grown rules that were originally written by my friend John (Slim) Mumford in the 1960s and have had only a few additions since.  We use a rough strength scaling of 1/5 or 1/6 giving a tank battalion depending upon priod of 7 -12 battle tanks.  We have played games at Brigade.Division level on an 8x6 foot table though we usually play smaller forces

Lots of pictures of my armies which include scratch builds, conversions and substitutions  http://www.morvalearth.co.uk/Inch_High_Club/Inch_High_Intro.htm 

If youwant a copy of the rules e-mail me info@morvalearth.co.uk 

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