The kit is of a
mid-war Panzer IV, the Ausf F variant. The model builds up into one of two
sub-variations of the F. You can make either the earlier F1 with the
short-barrelled 75mm gun or the later F2 with a long barrelled 75mm gun. The
notes place the F in action in 1942 so being used in either
The box is a sturdy top opening sort with the usual Airfix notes on the side – Skill level (2 and 8+ years old ) Paints required (only three Humbrol colours) and 1 Flying hour redeemable. This is a new boxing proudly proclaimed as a Hornby product though the cover image goes back many years (1960s I believe)
The instruction leaflet is double-sided A3 folded as A4. From the look of it the instructions have been made up using scans of an older leaflet in a new layout– the text and images are a bit fuzzy while the borders and page numbers are sharp as modern printing gets. Construction is broken down into six separate stages shown across two of those A4 pages so the diagrams are large and easy to follow.
The three paints listed are given as Humbrol numbers with their names – the recommended colour for the vehicle is “Buff”
The decal sheet
is small – you get three Balkankreuz, a choice of two tank numbers and an Afrika
Korps umbrella/palm tree .
There are 101 numbered parts spread over the 4 sprues. Fifty of those parts go into making up the suspension. Four parts are needed for the variants – two parts for each. Detail is sufficient and par with what is expected from a kit this old. Hatches are moulded separately. There is no interior detailing.
The rubbery tracks are low on detail and obviously aren’t going to sit correctly unaided when added.
http://www.worldwar2aces.com/panzer-tank/panzer-iv/ a walkaround
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