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Panzer IV Ausf. F1/F2

 

Italeri, 1/35 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Kit No. 6217
Scale: 1/35
Contents and Media: 3 sprues of dark grey plastic; 2 x lengths of flexible track.
Price: USD28.97 from Squadron and available from most hobby retailers
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Builds into a decent representation of some interesting and important versions of the Panzer IV Ausf.F.
Disadvantages: Older kit; vinyl tracks don't glue well or hold paint
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Steve Palffy


Italeri's 1/35 scale Panzer IV Ausf.F may be ordered online from Squadron.com
 

FirstLook

 

Italeri's 1/35 scale Panzer IV Ausf F1/F2 represents a bit of a nostalgia trip, as it is quite an old moulding. However, it can still be built up into a decent representation of this important variant with a little extra work.

The kit may be built as the short 75mm F1, or with the distinctive round muzzle brake of the long 75mm as the F2 (sometimes referred to by Allied forces as the Panzer IV Special).

 


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The major letdown of the kit is the old vinyl tracks which do not easily glue and do not hold paint well.

Markings are supplied for 1 x F1 and 3 x F2s, plus three figures from the old Italeri Afrika Korps set. The instructions are quite clear and easy to follow.

 

 

Conclusion

 

There are better and more recent Panzer IV kits available in 1/35 scale, but Italeri's Panzer IV Ausf. F1/F2 is available at a good price, is easy to build and these combine to make it still worhtwhile.

If I can find a set of replacement tracks I may just build another one myself. It has been about 20 years since I built my last Italeri Panzer IV!

 Recommended


Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.


Review Text Copyright 2004 by Steve Palffy
Page Created 16 August, 2004
Last updated 16 August, 2004

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