Reviewed by Glen Porter
Modelling the Panzer IV in 1/72 scale will be available online from Squadron.com
Alex Clark is a master modeller. If you've ever seen his web site, you will know
what I mean. He's also the moderator of Missing Linx's Braille Scale discussion
group. So who better to write a book on 1/72 scale Armour Modelling than him?
Starting with an introduction explaining why he chose 1/72 scale and why the
Panzer IV, he then goes on to describe the tools and products he uses. Each one
of the panzer IV based models he has built has a section describing in detail a
process he used in that particular build, even though he may have used it in
some of the others, it's only described in detail in this chapter and each
chapter has it's own special section. For instance, in the Panzer IV Ausf H,
it's winter camouflage, with the Jagdpanzer IV, it's how to apply Zimmerit and
so forth with sections on Mottled Camouflage, Resin Casting, Masking for Hard
Edged Camo and Scratch Building.
The five models built especially for this book, Panzer IV Ausf H, Jagdpanzer IV,
Sturmpanzer IV, Sturmgeschutz IV and Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind are all based on
the excellent Revell Panzer IV Ausf H or J combined with other kits, resin or PE
after market accessories or scratch building to produce five highly detailed and
accurate models described fully in both text and colour photos with captions.
One, the Stug IV, is placed in a small vignette with trees and bushes plus one
figure and this is also described in full.
The next chapter is a Gallery of three Panzer IV based models that Alex had
built previously and fetured in magazine articles, the referance for these is
within the text on each vehicle. This is followed by a page each of References
and websites and Museums and collections then seven pages of Kits and
accessories which includes six Table lists.
To round things off, Alex has included a page of colour swatches of the eight
main camouflage colours he has used with a description of each on the back
including mixes. These are all Humbrol paints and he gives full names and
Although I could never hope to meet the standard Alex's models, he has given me
quite a few ideas to try and that is, after all, what this book is all about.
Thank you Alex Clark!
|M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank
(Osprey New Vanguard 113)
Author: Steven J Zaloga
Illustrator: Hugh Johnson
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: August 10, 2005
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-889-8
Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 03 September, 2005
Last updated 02 September, 2005
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