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Jagdpanzer IV August 1944
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 01:38 AM UTC
Dragon have expanded their line of Jagdpanzer IV kits with the initial August 1944 production of the L/70 variant with zimmerit, and Russ Amott builds one for us.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 06:55 AM UTC
I'm an armor newbie but this one is pretty tempting, thanks for the review!
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 08:58 AM UTC
Tom, thanks for the help.

Matthew, this would be a good kit to start with. Nice subject and it was probably the easist Dragon build I have done.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 01:34 AM UTC
Wow, Ross, what a review! Begun with a history of the vehicle and enhanced by more than 100 meticulously posed and carefully chosen photos, and yet it also includes very helpful advice for Matthew and me. (I once built a lot of armor, but none in the last 30 years, and so much has changed!) Thanks for this outstanding work --- you are the very model of a modern Sergeant Major! ("Don't call me 'sir' --- I WORK for a living!")
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 07:19 AM UTC
Nice one Tom,Russ great clean OOTB build. Dragons Zim just seams to be getting better and better. Thanks Geraint. Maybe a nice Zimm'ed Panther Aust A would be good
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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 06:37 AM UTC
Thanks for an excellent review Russ.
Having made the previous un-Zimmed incantation, it all looks very similar, except for the new pieces with the Zimmerit on. That's not to take anything from the kit, because as Russ says, this is a very good kit.
Now this kit poses me a question, because the colour scheme they have given for the Hohenstaufen vehicle is exactly the same as that given for the previous version without Zimm, so which is correct? If we are saying that about 103 were produced during August-September 1944 (when Zimm finished), most of these would have gone to Ardennes units (I know that 12SS HJ definitely had some)? Having completed the kit and carefully replicated the camo scheme, it would be a bit rough if it should be Zimmed!
I also notice that the kit includes (as did the previous version) two sets of Hohenstaufen insignia, yet they are not called for in the instructions (not complaining, they will do nicey for trucks!), and 9SS tended not to mark their armour as far as I can tell.
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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 04:11 PM UTC
Gentlemen, thank you for the comments.

Steve, my references are very limited so I can't confirm any of the marking schemes other than the last. I don't know if the division carried both early and late versions or if, with the schurzen in place, they couldn't tell which version their reference vehicle was and they are covering their bases by showing it as a plausible marking scheme for either kit.