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Panzer IV H with Schurzen skirts by 12jack12 Panzer IV H with Schurzen skirts by 12jack12
Panzer IV H with Schurzen skirts

Designed as an infantry-support tank, the Panzer IV was not originally intended to engage enemy armor—that function was performed by the lighter Panzer III. However, with the flaws of pre-war doctrine becoming apparent and in the face of Soviet T-34 tanks, the Panzer IV soon assumed the tank-fighting role of its increasingly obsolete cousin. Robust and reliable, it saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany, and has the distinction of being the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war, with over 8,800 produced between 1936 and 1945.

In Mar-1943 Hitler issued a directive to outfit all new Sturmgeschütz, Panzer III, IV and Panthers with side skirts. Additionally all of these types currently deployed or undergoing maintenance were to be retrofitted with them. In early June, 1943 the first front-line units on the Russian Front retrofitted their Sturmgeschütz in time for the Kursk offensive


Academy 1:35 Scale Model built and painted my me :nod:
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Aimsplode Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
The Panzer IV will always be my favorite tank :)

However, you neglected to add the external armor around the turret, why?
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let's say they ran short that day of turret armor.:nod: So they hung track on the turret and on the back of the tank body so they had a little extra armor. (The armor pieces in the box were poorly cast, so I didn't use them.) I may try making some from sheet plastic.
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Aimsplode Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'd love to see it!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
nice build, paint looks great! awesome work!
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :wave:
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Nikkusangheili33 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Got to love german engineering
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes they made good tanks, but they were only making 50 a month (move up to 70 in 1943) the Russians were turning out over 1,000 T34's every month. That's a real problem :nod:

"At the Nibelungenwerke, the monthly production of 50 Panzerkampfwagen IV in January 1943 was raised to 70 units by March. The conversion of the production tanks for the new commander's cupola caused a delay, since the delivery of cupolas from the Eisenwerke Oberdonau GmbH in Linz could not be kept on schedule because of delays in raw material deliveries. Production came to a standstill with the 44th tank. Thanks to delivery of commanders' cupolas by truck from the Vomag works in PIauen and the use of all available personnel, the prescribed delivery quota could be met."
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