ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Pz.Kpfw. IV/70(A) Final Production

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/35 scale ?39-?45 Series Kit No. 678 4); Pz.Kpfw. IV/70(A) Final Production - Smart Kit; 1,268 parts (824 in gre
y styrene, 216 ?Magic Track? single link track, 204 etched brass, 18 cl ear styrene, 6 steel mesh); pre-order price US$59.95 via Dragon USA Online
Advantages: near totally new kit of this popular subject; very nicely execu ted
Disadvantages: new kit uses only necessary parts from the previous (V) issu es of this vehicle
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all German and Pzkw. IV fans
    DML has now released the ?bookend? kit to their previous Jagdpanzer IV /70 (V) kits as a complete new kit. This one uses ?mix and match? from the previous ones but also adds 50 new styrene parts and a 204 piece set of etched brass to complete it.
    The A version (for Alkett) differed from the V (for VOMAG) version by simp ly mounting the casemate to the top of a standard Pzkw. IV Ausf. H hull; as a result it was nearly 2 metric tons heavier and had to use steel road wheels on the first four road wheel positions as it was very nose-heavy. B ut only 230 of these vehicles were built as opposed to nearly a thousand of the VOMAG ones.
    As fewer of these were built, the kit offers fewer options. It can only us e the late (twin pipes) rear hull and exhaust arrangement. While it appears to use the previous kit?s three return roller lower hull there have been comments that the fittings on this vehicle differed from the VOMAG one, bu t I do not have any references that cover that.
    As with all DML Panzer IV kits, no engine detail is provided, but a firewa ll is included. Engine deck details are similar to those used on previous P anzer IV ?Smart Kit? offerings.
    The complete L/70 gun is again provided with a slide-molded gun barrel in one piece, which at least on the review sample did not have sink mark one o n it. However, other than the big gun and the radios there is no interior t o speak of within the casemate.
    This model comes with the ?von Thoma? mesh skirts and they are what ta ke up most of the etched brass fittings for mounting. This is a bit of a ch ore unless you are very good at soldering and assembly of this sort of kit fitting.
    The kit comes with ?Magic Track? single link vice the handier DS Plast ic one-piece runs, but in this case if the skirts are not used the tracks w ill have to have some sag in them so the choice may not be so bad.
    Technical assistance is credited to Notger Schlegendal, Tom Cockle and Gar y Edmundson.
    Only one finishing option is covered and a small sheet of Cartograf decals is provided for it: Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front 1945 (tri-color upper hull, black crosses).
    Overall this is a nice model and ?completes the record? on the sub-fam ily of Panzer IV 70 caliber 7.5 cm gun tank destroyer vehicles.
    Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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