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Old 10-10-2006, 01:22 PM
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Here's the comparison of the two upper hulls.

Standard Ausf D. The front fender is missing the tread plate separation line. There should be a small tread plate section behind the smooth front fender section.


Tauchpanzer. The front treadplate has been corrected and is now a smaller piece.


Between the hatches
Standard Ausf D


Tauchpanzer. The turret rim is thinner and the screws are better defined.



Rear deck

Standard Ausf D


Tauchpanzer. Rivet and screw details have been improved.


The standard Ausf D has engine cooling vent cover latches while the Tauchpanzer doesn't



Re-tooled parts
The turret floor now has tread plate pattern


The shell catcher bag has better texture



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Old 10-10-2006, 01:28 PM
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:37 PM
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Thanks...Lawrence. The screw head details are much improved...
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:36 AM
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Thanks for taking the time to post these Lawrence. Definitely some improvement to be seen.
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Old 10-11-2006, 01:00 PM
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Step 1: Wheels & Suspension

Thanks guys. Tristar kits just gets better and better

The build starts and here is Step 1: Wheels & Suspension


Part S-28, the leaf spring armored cover is labeled wrongly. The drawing is correct but it should be part S-11



1-1 Road Wheels & Suspension

That's 32 road wheel halves, 32 rubber rims and 16 wheel hubs. And a lot of clean-up.


The supension is made up of 7 parts


On the reverse of part S-12 and S-20, the raised stub in red must be removed.


Completed bogie


The instructions also does not tell you to remove the centre stub on the reverse side of the bogie. The hull only has two locating holes.



With roadwheels attached. Detail on the rubber rim is very nice with the Continental wording and serial number.


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Old 10-11-2006, 01:42 PM
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Lawrence:

Thanks for posting all of this. I am pretty well smitten with the Tauchpanzers, so I am trying to decide between the Cyberhobby/DML offering or the Tristar (I know that I'll struggle to find the time to build even one, so I can't rationalize buying both). Your posts have me leaning in Tristar's direction. Thanks.


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Old 10-11-2006, 08:53 PM
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I find the Tauchpanzers an interesting and less common variant of the Pz IV.

On the CH/Tristar question, from what I have seen of the CH sprues, I believe that the Tristar has better accuracy. CH have simplified a number of the key Tauchpanzer parts. See the following thread for photos of what I mean:
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?...d=85335&page=1


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I got my sample from Pat at Tristar the other day- Wish I had time to build it. I'll have to live vicariously through your build review for now.
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