Kagero's Pz.Kpfw IV family
|Marek Jaszczołt, Jacek Pasieczny, and Sławomir Zajączkowski|
|$16.95 from Kagero|
softbound, 10 ¾ x 8 inches,
TopColors #32 is for the armor fan and specifically for the Panzer IV and variants. This set includes a total of 16 different vehicles. Like others in the series it is tough to categorize, but since it has decals in it, that is where I place it.
Each of the 16 vehicles has a page devoted to it with a full page color profile and often with either detail images, a photo of the real vehicle or both included. Each one of these has a small history of the vehicles depicted in both English and Polish.
Here is what is included:
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2 (G) coded 1233 of III./Pz.Rg.24, 24th Panzer Division, southern Russia, summer 1942,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. F2 (G) coded B11 of Pz.Rgt.29, 12th Panzer Division, Ssinjawino, Russia, spring 1943,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G coded 623 of II./Pz.Rgt.15, 11th Panzer Division, the battle of Kursk, Russia, July 1943,
- Befehlswagen IV Ausf. G coded 055 of Stab/SS-Pz.Rgt.1, 1st SS Panzer Division LSSAH, tank commander: SS-Ostubaf. Joachim Peiper, Zhitomir area, Ukraine, November 1943,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H/J coded 715 of the 7th company, II./Pz.Rgt. Hermann Göring, 1st Fallschirm-Panzer-Division Hermann Göring, Italy, spring 1944,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H/J coded 511 of II./Pz.Rgt. Großdeutschland, tank commander: Oblt. Hans-Joachim Jung, the battle of Târgu Frumos, Romania, April-May 1944,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H coded 813 and named ‘Germaine’ of II./Pz.Rgt.26, 26th Panzer Division, Lanuvio area, Italy, May 1944,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H coded 821 and named ‘Gisela’ of an unknown unit, Eastern Front, 1944,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H coded 531 of II./Pz.Rgt.16, 116th Panzer Division, Normandy, August 1944,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J coded 732 of II./SS-Pz.Rgt.3, 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf, Warsaw, early August 1944,
- Sturmpanzer IV coded 8 of Stu.Pz.Abt. 217, Aachen area, autumn 1944,
- Panzer IV/70 (A) coded 223 of II./Pz.Rgt. Großdeutschland attached to the Führer-Begleit-Brigade, Trier, Germany, January 1945,
- Sturmgeschütz IV coded 214 of an unknown unit, Eastern Front, winter of 1944-1945,
- Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J coded 831 of II./ Pz.Rgt.31, 5th Panzer Division, Königsberg area, East Prussia, March 1945,
- Panzer IV/70 (V) coded 522 of an unknown unit, Germany, May 1945,
- Befehlswagen Panzer IV/70 (V) coded 101 of s.H.Pz.Jg.Abt. 655, Oldenburg, Germany, May 1945
Typical of the series, Kagero offers you decals for each one depicted. In this case, the markings are in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35. They are superbly printed and I detected no issues with registration. As armor is generally minimally marked, the dedicated panzer IV modeler, if using all three scales, could complete a whopping 48 models with this sheet.
When you consider that the average cost of a decal sheet or a book alone, this one is a real bargain.
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