Dragon 1/35 Jagdpanzer IV A-0
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Smart Kit with DS tracks.|
This Dragon 1/35 scale rendition of a Jagdpanzer IV A-0 is well engineered and carefully crafted to accurately recreate the original pre-production vehicle. Indeed, it has no connection with old item No.9059 that Dragon released ages ago. This is a brand new kit that employs parts such as the chassis and road wheels from Dragonís current generation of Panzer IV kits, combined with easy-to-assemble tracks made from DS. Furthermore, the superstructure and roof are brand new . It has the correct superstructure with distinctive rounded corners that makes it stand out from production Jagdpanzer IVs, while the 75mm PaK39 gun is fitted with a muzzle brake.
can pose hatches open or closed though there is no interior. One will also need
to do some modification to extant kit parts to be able to properly portray this
variant. Here is a listing from Dragon's PR folks as to what comes in the kit.
- Photo-etched part for sliding cover of gun sight slot
- New one-piece fighting-compartment superstructure made by slide mold Highly detailed superstructure roof
- Cast Saukopf gun mantlet and ball mounting plate molded as single pieces with suitable texture
- Extreme level of detail on superstructure roof, including photo-etched part
- Hatches in superstructure can be posed open/closed
- Engine deck has full detail
- Side-skirt armor produced to scale thickness
- Elements such as cradle and gun sight mount for L/43 gun accurately reproduced
- Highly detailed 7.5cm PaK39 L/43 gun includes full breech
- Rear hull features all details such as exhaust muffler
- Frontal glacis plate
- Gun sight and recoil system accurately detailed
- Realistic return rollers included
- Road wheels and suspension w/multiple components exhibit crisp detail
- Sprockets and idler wheels w/delicate detail
- Periscope mode from clear part
- One-piece DS tracks w/well defined detail
Instructions are well done to Dragon's usual standard and feature Gunze and Model Master paint references. There are markings options for three vehicles. One is the box art vehicle from Panzer Lehr Division in 1944. The other two are in overall panzer yellow, one from an unknown unit and the other from 'Schulungsfahrzeug'.
Those who are fans of the type will definitely want this one. Though built in small numbers, it was battle tested and an important part of the development of the vehicle.
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