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
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 ½ 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
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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