Tuesday, 9 August 2011

PSC 15mm Panzer IV Part Two

On with the build.....
The turret goes together simply. There is a turret top and bottom, rear box, Schurzen plates and gun barrel to glue together. You then have the choice of open/closed commander's cupola and a choice of two commander half figures. One figure wears a side cap and is head and shoulders out of the hatch. The other wears an officers cap and is proud of the turret holding the two hatch halves with outstretched hands - a classic tanker pose!
The gun barrel can be drilled out with a 1.5mm bit to give a little more realism.
Now with the three sub-assemblies complete I could put the vehicle together to check the build so far.
The fit of the upper and lower hull parts looks perfect and the turret is a good tight fit.
The three sub-assemblies plus the tracks and side schurzen still on their sprues.
Next to the painting process. First everything was primed white.
The tracks were painted on the sprue - dark grey followed by sepia wash and finally dry brushed light grey. This include the short length of spare track for the front of the vehicle.
The hull parts were first sprayed desert yellow before spraying sepia wash. When all dry the parts were dry brushed a desert yellow+white mix.
Now they're all dry the final assembly can begin.
The track links have moulded guides on the inner faces to help locate them between the two halves of the Drive Sprockets and Idlers. There is a top run of track for each side which undulates between the return rollers and a straighter length to go on the road wheels. With the addition of the paint (3 coats including primer!) I've made fitting these a bit more difficult for myself. At first it didn't look like they'd actually meet! However, with a little care they soon fitted correctly but needed clamps to hold them in place while the glue went off! See Above.
Once the track links were fitted the upper hull can be glued to the lower and the Schurzen plates attached. The plates are cleverly grooved to allow them to be glued to the edge of the mudguards. This means that they are quite strongly attached and not just dependent on the four brackets! These incidentally, glue to the top of the hull.

The camouflage pattern I chose is just lightly sprayed panzer green random lines. More than ample on such a boxy vehicle. You can just see the spare track links on the front. I had to trim them slightly to get them to fit between the tow brackets, but this is more likely the three coats of paint than it being moulded too big!
The vehicle was based on mdf from Warbases with a coating of PVA and sand. The commander painted dark grey and washed black to simulate his black uniform.

The decals came from a Dragon 1/144 kit but look fine I think. The turret hole in the hull top was enlarged to make the turret turn freely. I had to do this because when it was a tighter fit, every time I turned the turret I broke the Schurzen brackets off the turret roof.
The exhaust was painted in Vallejo Smoke glaze which simulates rust beautifully.
The base was finished with the usual coat of dark earth followed by dry-brushed buff. Two coats of varnish are sprayed on to protect when handling and finally some static grass glued on with PVA.
PSC on the left : Battlefront on the right
I don't usually do the comparison thing (mainly because I don't have the vehicles to compare!) but this time you're in luck. The next few pics show the PSC Panzer IV alongside an old Panzer IV from Battlefront.
Battlefront on the left : PSC on the right
Without reaching for my steel rule, they look to be a good match and would easily sit well alongside one another on the table.
Battlefront on the left : PSC on the right
Battlefront on the left : PSC on the right
And there you are, all finished.

In Conclusion:
Pro's
  • Great value for money at £3.30 a piece (or less if you shop around)
  • Well designed kit with good fit of parts
  • Flexible kit with good choice of options
Con's
  • If I had to be picky I'd have to cite the instructions which could do with a bit more detail
  • And I guess for those who really must have accurate details it's a shame the Aus H one piece Turret hatch wasn't spotted (Though if you fill the groove in the closed turret enclosed with the kit, this will do as a substitute)
The con's are just being picky to be honest. All in all another winner from PSC. Roll on the Sdkfz 251 aus D's...........

3 comments:

  1. Been looking at these for some time, thanks for comparison. What would you estimate the construction time for all 5 to be? Does this outweigh the price difference?

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  2. Hi i'm looking for panzer IV... are you interested in selling?

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  3. To be honest I'd be pushed to assemble more than two in an evening. If an earlier Mark would suit your needs the Zvezda model will be much quicker to assemble and l;ook just as good when finished.

    (Sorry for the delay in replying!)

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