1/72 Hasegawa Panzer IV Ausf. F.1

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    #1 Cybermat47, Dec 29, 2015
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    The Panzer IV was a German medium tank that saw service in WWII. Originally devised as an infantry support tank, it was increasingly pressed into service against enemy tanks, and soon took over that role from the Panzer III. It saw service all throughout WWII, even after it's replacement, the Panther, started production.

    The Ausf. F.1 was the last Panzer IV to have the short barreled 75mm cannon. Later versions, starting with the Ausf. F.2, mounted a more effective 75mm cannon with a longer barrel.

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    Despite the stress of combat and the ravages of time, there are still many surving Panzer IVs across the world.

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    The type has also been featured in works of fiction, the most unusual example being the anime series Girls und Panzer, in which a group of schoolgirls use a Panzer IV Ausf. D (later upgraded to F.2 and H standard) to lead their school's team in a 'sensha-dou' competition against other schools, all of which are based on giant aircraft carriers.

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    I bought Hasegawa's 1/72 Panzer IV Ausf. F.1 today on a whim, based on the tank's prevalence throughout WWII and the simple colourscheme. While some drilling is required, the build and painting looks simple enough. The biggest problem I expect to have is preventing paintbleed from the tyres and gear on the tank. I'll be making it as a panzer from the 14th Panzer Division, which saw service with Army Group South before being wiped out at the Battle of Stalingrad.

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    Nice one.
    The PzKfw IV certainly saw some service - they even fought against Israeli tanks in the 'Seven Day War' of 1967 !!
    But I'm sure Australia didn't use them, like the one in the pic of the kit .................
     
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    Oops.

    It's upside down for me now, so you should see it right side up.
     
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    Nope - there are now two pics of the kit box, both upside down.
     
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    Yep, down side uppy for me as well.



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