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PostSubject: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 10:18 am

Hey guys & Norma Razz

On Saturday I picked up a HL PnzIV hull from Curtis, who's original owner had been our own Glen B.

I decided at least a couple months ago that a Pnz4 would be my next tank so I jumped on it. Stock, the HL tanks are 'F2' marks, so I decided to try something different and take it to the next production model, a G.

Changes REQUIRED :
Delete 3 of the 4 frontal turret view ports
Add 'applique' armor plates to the lower front hull @ upper front hull (Driver & radio op cover)
Ausf G muzzle break.

Changes OPTIONAL (G's had parts from Fs, in various configurations)
Single piece cupula hatch
Turret & Side skirt armor (I will 95% do this!)
Turret Smoke launchers

Upgrades planned:
Taigen 4:1 gears
Metal suspension
Metal tracks
Metal drive & idler.

I don't think the weight of metal running gear on this tank will be a major issue, it's a pretty light weight track. Same as the Panzer III. I prefer as much strength as possible close to the ground.

Panzer IV variant info here : http://henk.fox3000.com/pz4.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 10:25 am

Making room inside the hull. Battery box removed.

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Lots of room now for battery, Clark board, and speaker.

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Sanding to remove the turret vision ports the G does not have..

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"Applique" armor cut from plexi stock, primed.

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Primer base coat.
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 10:38 am

Going for this look eventually.

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 10:53 am

Jordan, look good so far. you are pushing me to build my tmiya counter part.
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 11:13 am

looks good Very Happy

Please keep the pictures coming, I am interested to see how the new gearboxes fit; it might just inspire me to replace that traded Pz IV Wink

There's more historic camo/marking options for the G's than the F2's

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 11:21 am

so far so good looks nice can't wait to see it with that camo

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeMon May 20, 2013 11:33 pm

Glen I'll do my best to live up to historical precedent on this build, I have seen several examples of the tri-colour scheme that are close to what I want to do. I'll make it part of that unit.

I honestly felt bad sanding off your work Sad

I'm painting by hand so hard edge lines work well for me. Fine airbrushing isn't what my hands do... yet Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2013 12:38 am

nothing wrong with hand paint, german did, just make sure paint is thin enough. too thick will not look good.
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2013 1:41 am

Bolt-on applique armor finished

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Pre-shading the turret panel lines and hatches, hinges, etc.

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Ive used this method on my KV-2 and it turned out nicely, highlights some of the smaller details.

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I really like this hull, it's going to look great.

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Tomorrow I'm picking up some more Rustoleum Khaki camo paint for the lower hull, and the brown Tamiya acrylic I need to complete my camo scheme. So far so good.

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2013 8:03 pm

Picked up some brass strip & tin sheet for schurzen!

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I hate how hulls look pre-wash and with camera flash... ><

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Im really happy so far, a coat of Frosted Glass will really bring this together.

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2013 8:49 pm

Strato didn't mention this but that board is a Panzer IV board. With his Camo I am pretty sure this will be one heck of a build.
Keep the pics coming, I am surprised at how fast your moving on this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeTue May 21, 2013 8:58 pm

Thanks Freaky Smile

I also picked up a battery & receiver for it today, over @ Hobby Hobby in Mississauga. Nice place, I hadn't been there in several years. Good prices too.

I haven't fiddled with any electronics yet, stay tuned.

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Looking good, like the compact board.

Will likely be the 1st IR PZ IV at the Can Am Very Happy

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looking good i have been wanting a Panzer IV for a long time just not enough of them out on the field like you said

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeWed May 22, 2013 4:21 am

I've been so busy as it's been my 2 days off this week, hehe. Also I suppose I'm highly motivated and for whatever reason, I woke up at 8am Tuesday with a strong urge to buy paint.

Anyhoo, 2 black washes in, I did the entire upper surface & turret, and they're taking very well. I might end up doing 1-2 more washes in black, or grey, but I like where this is going. The darker shades really bring out the pattern details.

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i find the washes make a huge difference in the colouring and show a lot of the details looks awesome
Jordan nice work

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This should look nice on the battlefield. thumbs up

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Im posting too much I think...

So in order to work tonight, I have to sleep toDAY... so I kept myself awake with this.

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looking good Rex Ross... i mean Jordan...lol

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WoT camo action. Looks really good. I'd like to do one like that as well eventually

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JOrdan, that looks really good, only second to the guy who is on western coast.
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeThu May 23, 2013 12:27 pm

Sleep time for me.. but I got some schurzen painting done.

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Needs more wash I think, I'll add some brown for a dusty /muddy look later..

Zzzzzz... Razz

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That was fast lol. Nicely done!
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Those side fins are going to make a whistling noise as it speeds across the battlefield! geek

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G   Strato's Panzer IV Ausf. G Icon_minitimeThu May 23, 2013 7:00 pm

I give up on brushing Tamiya acrylics. Even thinned out you get about 3/4" of a brush stroke and it turns into a solid sticky goo. It requires a lot of working, thinning, and re-applying in short strokes to get it right.. more often than not I had to reapply several times, even though it turned out nicely in the end. What a pain in the a$$ though. I switched to regular acrylic for the schurzen, it's almost the same colour Wink

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