1942 DAK Panzer IV

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Postby jarndice » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:19 pm

Some bad news and more bad news :thumbdown:
15 Panzer 4s, I do not have the variant/s joined Schwere Panzer 501 at the end of February 1943 in North Africa
After suffering heavy losses---7 Tiger 1s---4 PZ4s and 8 PZ111s, Most of these losses were from 8/Panzer Regiment 7,
The remaining Tanks were all merged into one company of three platoons, 5 Tanks to each platoon, each Tank using the same Turret Numbers of 7/Panzer Regiment 7
I have the Turret numbers of the Tigers and the PZ111s but not the variant or the Turret numbers of the PZ4s.
As to 813, It was the first Tunisian Tiger 1 that I built she had been renumbered 813 from at least one earlier designation perhaps two,
Tank Turret numbers unlike car and truck registration numbers were interchangeable and while the number would be retained by the company it would not be permanently assigned to a particular Tank.
The 800 series of Turret numbers was not used by PZ111s or 4s in the North African campaign.
Sorry for the negativity. :thumbdown:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:45 pm

Good afternoon, Jarndice!
No negativity! I appreciate the useful information. ;o) I see some open doors.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:09 am

Today saw the completion of the basic Panzer IV 'F' Build. I still have another figure to add and markings and weathering to sort out. Almost there!
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Tools are finally complete.jpg
Tools are finally complete.jpg
Final bits from Forgebear  Thanks Guys!.jpg
Final bits from Forgebear Thanks Guys!.jpg
A LicMas painted Commander and that elusive lit early war rear convoy light and candy from the Bears.jpg
A LicMas painted Commander and that elusive lit early war rear convoy light and candy from the Bears.jpg
Not too bad for a prepaint....jpg
Not too bad for a prepaint....jpg
Starting out on this rear convoy light.jpg
Starting out on this rear convoy light.jpg
The weather last Wednesday....jpg
The weather last Wednesday....jpg
A colored Lens made from translucent self stick.jpg
A colored Lens made from translucent self stick.jpg
Much better detailing but will it work.....jpg
Much better detailing but will it work.....jpg
One green led and one block lit...Safe Distance Away.jpg
One green led and one block lit...Safe Distance Away.jpg
Finishing up the Panzer today.jpg
Finishing up the Panzer today.jpg
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:14 am

Pics Continued:
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I am really pleased with this one....jpg
I am really pleased with this one....jpg
I love the smell of fresh paint.jpg
I love the smell of fresh paint.jpg
Fresh Paint B Side.jpg
Fresh Paint B Side.jpg
Additional Figure and markings and weathering are next.jpg
Additional Figure and markings and weathering are next.jpg
Commander looks pleased as well.jpg
Commander looks pleased as well.jpg
ABER detailed MG34 turned out well.jpg
ABER detailed MG34 turned out well.jpg
Closeup of working strapping for the Jerry Cans.jpg
Closeup of working strapping for the Jerry Cans.jpg
Woodgrain on plastic.jpg
Woodgrain on plastic.jpg
Can't forget the bucket...still a little plain as of yet.jpg
Can't forget the bucket...still a little plain as of yet.jpg
Looking up.jpg
Looking up.jpg
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Postby Jimster » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:28 am

Beautiful modeling! Love the convoy light, bucket, tools and everything else. It’s obvious that you’ve paid a lot of attention to details. I can’t wait to see it completed and weathered.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:35 am

Jimster!
Thank you, Doc. Not turning out too bad for a basic runner. ;o)
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Postby sassgrunt » Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:31 am

Personally, I would be afraid to run it much at all, with all of the delicate features you've added onto it! But, you ARE way ahead of a similarly-detailed build that will ONLY be meant to sit on a shelf....there's got to be some measure of satisfaction in that!

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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:52 pm

Good Morning, Mike!
I'm glad you are still following along! Yessir, I have learned the balance of making them look realistic ( from a certain distance ) and having all the functions work as a running vehicle. It's no fun if I cannot take them out and raise some dust. As an example, those Jerry Cans are super secured. The rack is epoxied at two points to the turret roof and the hooks for the leather strapping are bent out of a steel paperclip. They are not going anywhere, ( but can be functionally removed if needed ). Just a little further to go with the Figure you sent and Unit markings and such. Thank you again, my Friend.
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:00 pm

This is coming along a treat painless :clap: all the details that you've added have certainly enhanced the build, that figure looks great also :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:16 pm

Thank you, Painless Wolf: yours will be a helpful build record for me. I tell myself that this winter as the snow lies deep in the woods around me here in Wisconsin USA, I will work on my Taigen DAK Panzer IVs (two of 'em). In preparation, I have been painting figures, some rather simple, but the SOL model one quite fine.

I am intrigued by the rack of cans you have at the front of the turret. I do hope those are for Wasser and not Triebstoff. One hit and the latter would make the tank toasty:O. I have a few books on the Panzer IV, but I have never seen that position for the rack. Did you find that from a prototype photo?
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:17 am

Good afternoon!
Lee! Thanks for looking in, my friend! It is not designed to be detail perfect but just have some eye candy added and a tighten up and test of the upgraded electronics. I know I will end up putting in steel gearboxes one of these days since Zinc ones do not have a long life out in my 'Rough' ( especially with metal tracks and sprockets, idlers, etc... ) Weathering to follow and another figure. ;o)
HDP! Thank you for looking in as well. Earlier in the thread we discussed the manner in which fuel was transported on the Panzer when traveling to and from the battle sites. This seems to be mostly an early War occurrence as the Luftwaffe losing control of the skies certainly put a damper on Panzers traveling anywhere. I have seen the Panzers with those roof racks mounted carrying fuel, water and a mix of both. Fuel drums mounted on the rear deck, one but mostly two at a time. ( I used one so I could still rotate the turret ) Very good photos may be found in Waldemar Trojca's 'Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. A-F at War'
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:57 am

Talk about bad timing Mr Wolf.............all that white stuff outside & a desert coloured Tank :/
Damn I wish for a white xmas, and you have yours already :haha:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:50 pm

Good Morning, Mr. Bix!
I hear you. ;o) The weather has righted itself up here and now is back to late Summer \ early Autumn. I hope we get a lot of snow this Winter. I am ready for some moisture. I will have the tank out for an outdoor video here soon ( hopefully ) along with the usual teeth clenching Countertop Test. ;o)
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