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I have always been a fan of German WW II tanks, but when I saw a few pictures of a complete Panzer IV in white I had to build one. A trip to Toronto for a weekend allowed me to visit a couple of hobby stores, and what do I find, a Dragon 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. G, LAH Division. I had to have it; even the box top had the Panzer in white. So it made the trip home with me. I do have to say, it sat on my shelf for a little while, as I tried to figure out how to paint it white and look good, actually I was a little nervous too.

The Dragon kit has been around since 2007, I believe, and is a great kit. The kit contains 13 sprues, 2 bags of Magic Track, and sheet of photo etched. All of the mouldings were crisp, with very little flash to clean up.

At the beginning, I had wanted to leave some or all of the hatches open, and don't like the look of the "black hole". It just happens I came across the Verlinden Panzer IV interior set at my favourite online store, Sprue Brothers. Thus it was in the mail. The Verlinden set is very complete with full interior in resin. I was a little disappointed with the mouldings, as they were not crisp, lots of flash and in some cases a little warped. The kit does not contain very precise instructions, thus a lot of online searching for images of Panzer IV interiors.

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About Kevin Brant (SgtRam)

I am an IT Consultant and father, with a passion for plastic models. I mostly prefer 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Aircraft. My main interests are anything Canadian, as well as WW2 German and British Armor and Aircraft. I have been building models since I was a young kid, got away from it for awhile, but r...


Kevin, thanks and well done for sharing your first attempt at the hair spray technique, especially as you say that you felt some trepidation about attempting it at all! Having spent the time building the kit and then applying the base colour, it is always tempting just to play safe for fear of ending up with something that you don't like. I must say I think you have been somewhat daring as well to use dark grey as the base colour, although I am not necessarily saying that it is wrong... You have included some nice touches and details however. This would be very nicely complemented by some figures, maybe some ground work?
NOV 19, 2011 - 12:46 AM
Kevin: Excellent and a beautiful job done, particularly for your first time of doing a snow scheme! One thing I might suggest is muddying up the treads and wheels more than they are. Perhaps some careful brushing on the wheels, treads and inside the outer frame walls of some very thinned out Quikrete solution would give the entire area a well traveled and weathered look once the Quikrete solution dries. Cheers! RoyaleTiger
APR 11, 2012 - 12:07 PM