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Old 08-12-2009, 07:56 AM
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shorttracked Panzer IV /70 A, Hungary, spring 1945

Hi guys

Couple of weeks ago I started to build a shorttracked Pz IV/70 from Alkett. The build is based on a series of photographs showing a very interesting abandoned Zwischenloesung.
I have found several different pictures of this beauty, here they are:

(Photos for discussion)

The interesting thigs about this carcass are nashorn/hummel style towing hooks added to the bow, shortened tracks, final drive covers missing and the last thing that is pretty evident is the gun and mantlet in camouflage while the rest of the vehicle is probably in dunkelgelb (or worn winter camouflage?). The text in Panzerwrecks 1 says that this Panzer has the Vorsatz P mounting on the loaders hatch but I'm going to ommit this detail.
The fourth photo is very interesting and makes me realise what for the extra bow hooks could be - to enable a Bergepanther to tow this vehicle.

This is what I've done so far:

The sets used to build this model are so far tamiya's Pz IV J hull,dml's superstructure, friulmodel tracks, armorscale gun barrel with mantlet, aber mudguards and a lot of scratch. The exhausts are made of brass tube. The final drive housing were canibalized from Pz IV E (the very same I posted recently). Still a lot to be done there, but I'm enjoying this project.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:28 AM
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I hope you didn't build this in one weekend .
I like projects like this because they are always so unique and it shows me how much you study your topic .
One more thing is I can't wait to see paint on this as you did such a good job on the IV/E.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:22 AM
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Radek, this seems to be another interesting vehicle! I look forward to your progress!
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:10 AM
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Radek, that looks very nice! In fact, I didn't know there was a vehicle like that. Do you have some web reference? Just because it does not resemble the Jagdpanzer IV...
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:47 AM
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Hi ya guys
Steve, I started this one back in May and actually the superstructure comes from the model I already shown on pA in 2006 (you can find the thread on my vbench, unfortunately no pictures left). I decided to renew this one and build a good replica of the Zwischenloesung.
Zolst thanks.
Ropi this one's called Panzer IV/70 (A), it was build by Alkett Factory in Berlin during the second half of 1944 as a interim solution before the factory could switch production to standard Jagdpanzer IV/70. The only surviving example till today can be found at the museum in Saumur, here's a gallery:

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Old 08-12-2009, 05:42 PM
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Hi Radek,

I love such projects..

It looks great but I think a few more tracks for both side will be better.

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Old 08-12-2009, 06:35 PM
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Nice looking start Radek. Your painting style will really stand out on this one.

I've always been interested in the photo of this particular vehicle so it's nice to see someone having a go at it.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:07 PM
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Dear Radek.

...very interesting subject...and you did an excelent job!

Anxious to see more!

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Old 08-12-2009, 10:25 PM
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Interesting proyect Radek, and nice execution!

Although it looks like the Germans were towing it as a mobile spares box. It is almost useless.


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Old 08-12-2009, 10:30 PM
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Hi Radek,

Just to add to everyone's comments, great build and a very interesting subject. Great job!
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