German Medium Tank Panzer IV Ausf .H, 1/35 Zvezda (available in English)

Autor: Rade Marjanović

April 4th, 2017

Tekst: Predrag Stamenković

Foto: Predrag Stamenković

 

Panzer IV, nemački srednji borbeni tenk, bio je jedini tenk koji se proizvodio tokom celog Drugog svetskog rata sa većim ili manjim poboljšanjima i doradama.

Verzija H se proizvodi od aprila 1943 godine i njena upotreba doseže do 60 tih godina 20. veka. Istorija ovog tenka je obimna, i tu se ne bih zadržavao, jer puno toga se može naći na netu. Više bih vremena posvetio samoj maketi. Sad već standardno pakovanje, atraktivna kutija, i dobro zaštićeni delovi. Maketa sadrži preko 500 delova i ako se uzme u obzir da gusenice koje obično čine brojčanost, nisu date članak po članak, onda je ovde više nego jasno da se radi o izuzetnoj maketi. Da krenemo redom.

Ovo je potpuno novi kalup i novi proizvod za 2017. godinu

Izuzetno kvalitetna, elasticna plastika  dobar rasklop čine ovu maketu odličnom. Delovi se uklapaju skoro pa savršeno, a za sastavljanje je dovoljan kapilarni lepak. Zvezda je vodila računa  o detaljima na samoj maketi kojih ima napretek. Kao što se vidi na slikama urađeni su filigranski. Ono što je interesantno, data je detaljna unutrašnjost kupole što je za svaku pohvalu. Cev je iz jednog dela sto je takođe novina . Nema spajanja dve polutke. Gusenice su iz nekoliko delova u Zvezdinom maniru i lako se sastavljaju. Sastavnica je pregledna i takođe u Zvezdinom maniru. Možda je jedina zamerka raspored i redosled delova na ramovima. Naime, kada se radi jedan detalj iz par delova, desi se da na svakom ramu od ukupno 7 bude po jedan delić. Farbanje je standardno po Zvezdi i Humbrolu. Na raspolaganju su dve šeme farbanja, zimska 24. Panzer divizija Ukrajina 1943. godine i 12. Panzer divizija Normandija 1944. godine, pa ko šta voli. Dekale čini jedan broj i krst, to je takođe dobro urađeno i odlično naleže na plastiku. Za ovu maketu postoji mnogo delova za doradu što resina što eceraja. Zvezda je svojom maketom svela tu potrebu na minimum. Sve u svemu odličan novitet ruskog proizvođača maketa. Preporučio bih je svakom  ljubitelju oklopa, jer maketu ovog legendarnog tenka treba da ima svaki maketar koji radi oklop. Zahvaljujem se Zvezdi na ustupljenoj maketi.

 

 

Text and photo: Predrag Stamenković

Panzer IV, German middle tank, was the only tank that was produced during the whole WWII with smaller or bigger improvements. H version of this tank was produced since April 1943 and used until 1960-ies. History of this tank is rich and I would not waste time on it, due to the fact that a lot of info could be found online. Majority of time and review will concentrate on the model itself. The model comes in, by now already a standard packaging, in attractive box and with well protected parts. The kit contains more than 500 parts, which is, considering that tracks are not given link by link a real bonus. Let’s start this review.

Quite elastic styrene of superb quality, with good part distribution makes this a superb model. Part fit is almost perfect, with only capillary gluing sufficient to assemble the model. Zvezda paid special attention to the detail, which is abundant on the model. Detail level and quality are filigree. What is interesting is that the interior of the turret is given in great detail New thing is that the gun is a one part (not split down the middle as it used to be). Tracks are given in several parts, like Zvezda used to do until now. The instruction sheet is clear and also in Zvezda style.  Arguably the only draw-back is the distribution of parts on trees. Namely, if there is a detail made of more parts, it is not uncommon that each tree (of which there are 7) has a part for that detail. Paints are given in Zvezda and Humbrol codes with two camo schemes, 24th Panzer division in Ukraine in 1943, and 12th Panzer division in Normandy in 1944. Decal sheet contains balkenkreutz and the vehicle number, which both fit on plastic like a glove. There are many aftermarket parts available for this model. Zvezda managed to reduce the need for aftermarket almost completely. Given all these traits, this is a great novelty among the armor models. I would like to recommend this kit to all armor fans. I would like to thank Zvezda for providing the review sample.