My current work is a commisioned paitjob for Royal Model of Italy. These two figures, sculpted by Roberto Reale should be available later this year. Work in progress continues.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Today's update with mock-up of the turret. Choice of the Panther Ausf. A/G cupola was simple - all the periscopes are hidden inside the cupola and none observation equipment is beneth the line of the roof inside the turret, so no parts interfere with gun breach.Gun mantlet comes from Panzerart E-50 update set, the barrel is a L/70 from Dragon's Jagpanzer IV. More to come sooner or later...
The project is shaping up pretty fast, first I have removed the 4 return rollers on each side of the hull and replaced them with Paper Panzer Productions welded ones, as seen on late war examples. The rollers themself come from Dragon's Panzer IV/70 Vomag kit. First thing to do was to build the shape of the engine compartment box, the main upper plate was supposed to be identical as on the real Pz IVs, I only wanted to rearrange the sides and rear, moving the air intakes from sides to the rear of the vehicle (layout similar to the one seen on Shermans). I'm gonna add the flammencernichter exhaust arrangement and will be able to see if a fumes deflector will be needed there. Next thing to do was to build up the basi shape of the glacis and bow plates. Since my idea was to keep the front armor relatively thin (60mm in scale), I decided to make the glacis plate very steep, this would allow the tank to stand against frontal hits pretty good (I suppose...). As you can see I already fitted some test tracks but the final version will be the later Pz IV pattern track or even the Ostketten type to provide better traction for extra weight of the vehicle. Will see about that when the build comes to it's end.
Friday, April 22, 2016
The Pzkpfw IV development programme reached its limits with the Ausf. J and paralelly developed Panzer IV/70 built either by Vomag or Alkett, mounting the well prooved PaK 42 gun in a fixed superstructure. But what if the engineers had made an attempt to create a vehicle combining the PaK/KwK 42 powers with better armour keeping the vehicle at reasonable height and weight (unlike the Panther Schmalturm adaptation concept)? Here's where my story starts with this what if idea to build a final development version of the good old Panzer IV. Being tired with building models according to documentation and making figure sculpts I decided I'd give a go to something allowing me flow with my modelling immagination more freely. The negative here shows a mock-up (a very bad one, trust me) I built some years ago to see how it fits into the Panzer's traditional concept with some changes like sloped front armour, schmallturm-alike turret with saukopf type mantlet and Panther Ausf. G cupola, minus side hatches replaced by a single rear mounted one for loading the ammo inside the vehicle. Having these principles in mind now I'm going to build a better one from A to Z by scratching most of its main body and turret. The idea is to incorporate some solutions used in different wartime German designs (like Tiger II style big turret housing spare ammunition, Schmallturm shape and mantlet etc.) to build a unique panzer of my liking. Wish me luck.