Vintage Italeri Pz IV - build & kit bash

To help me stay motivated & focused on , I decided to do a build thread on the old Italeri Pz IV F1/F2/G.

Antique Antics Campaign

Key rule is no parts manufactured after 2000. Everything must be model “antique” I love this build concept!

Perfect time to start the most ancient kit in my stash that’s collected dust for 32+ years.

Looking forward to cleaning out the spares box and a lot of obsolete aftermarket parts from before 2000

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Awesome! I loved your other Pz 4 build so this will be great as well!

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@Panzer_modeler, thank you the weather turned too cold to paint so the other build is stuck in limbo for a while.

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Cleaning ModelKasten road wheels for the Italeri Pz IV :slight_smile: Need to get the unfun stuff out of the early in the build while enthusiastic about the build.

Definitely an antique & nostalgia build:
Purchased the kit in like 1988, tracks in 1989 & wheels mid 1990’s.

Started on the modeling building part.

Didn’t like the Italeri Pz IV rear plate with its 20+ exterior ejector pin marks. Decided that best way to fill the pin marks was to hacksaw off the bottom of the plate. Used the spare rear plate in from the 1996 Tamiya Pz IV H kit mentioned in another thread. It adapted without too much trouble. Trimmed like about 1mm off the sides of it and some other trimming.

Next bogies went on along with the Model Kasten wheels. The Italeri bogies are decent. Part #9 is marked in the instructs as same for both sides. Its not as the parts are mirror images. The parts are correctly molded as left side and right side but the instructs don’t make that clear.

The plastic on the sides of the lower hull had a swirly plastic patterns so I decided to add a little armor texture with Molak Stucco putty ensure that wouldn’t show in the paint later. It was also present on the nose of the lower hull. Added added a couple of weld seams on the lower nose with white plastic-struct strip and #11 knife blade.

The kit final drive housing and sprocket are on the right in dark gray plastic. I didn’t like them very much. Spare parts box raided again. Previously mentioned Tamiya Pz IV H kit donated a nice set of yellow sprockets. An old DML Imperial Pz IV F2 donated light gray final drive housings. These are on the left.

Cut about 2/3 of the length off the end of the Imperial final drive housing to set the sprockets at correct distance. Two inner Italeri road wheels proved very useful making a bushing for the sprue plastic axle for the sprockets.

Next return rollers & idlers.

Used spares from an Imperial DML Pz IV F2 kit for both. The It return rollers would have worked but looked a little thin to me. I was pleasantly surprised the DML/Gunzy/Imperial idler fit perfectly with the Tamiya rear end idler arms. No shimming or tweaking.

Tracks went on as well.

The original slow setting Testor’s Liquid Cement is still my pet favorite for individual link tracks.

Went “artistic” with track sag so it would “look more interesting”. A mistake on my part should have favored “more realistic” and less sag by about two or three links. Ended up with 105 links per run when I went back and counted. In my honest opinion 103 is the absolute max and always been personal rule of thumb.

Now the really boring stuff like tidying up the ~95 track links with sink marks/short shots in the sides of the track guide teeth. Hopefully easier with the tracks assembled vs doing that link by link.

The PANZER DENTIST NOW OPEN

The right side (radio operator side) got 60 of the defective links by intention as the cavity side of the guide tooth is against the hull and less visible. The defective ones were filled with thinned (the old Testor’s slow Liquid Cement again) Molak Stucco putty.

RANT/SoapBOX
The Italian manufactured Molak Stucco used to be imported by Verlinden back in the day. It’s my pet favorite putty as it will thin out like paint. It does shrink etc. Molak disappeared here in the states, but its available direct from Italy. Stock piled 10 tubes :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

Tamiya basic is very close (90 percent) to Stucco but just not quite a good in my opinion & experience. I like and use Tamiya basic. Yes I’m aware of super glue (good stuff) as filler plus milliput (good stuff) & others etc.

Above is the drivers side track with 35 cavities to fill. This faces out to the view and will get Stucco’d too.

Edit - the Panzer Dentist just about had a malpractice issue. Clumsy me knocked over that damned TALL narrow bottle of Testor’s Liquid Cement. Got the model and tracks snatched away without harm.

Time to put that in the Tamiya style bottle to avoid another accident.

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Damn that sucks about those cavities.

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@Petro- sucks indeed.
Logan

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Thank you for looking @logandavis74 @Panzer_modeler @Petro much appreciated:)

Slow day today but got to use a new tool again! Shaved the tow bracket back plates off an extra nose plate from the Tam Pz IV H kit.

That CMK razor saw is like a plastic cutting light saber! Wish I bout that years ago!



Hope to work on the lower hull nose and detail it next.

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The Panzer Dentist finally got all the 95 cavities filled! Almost as much fun as visiting the dentist! :slight_smile:

Attached the Tamiya tow shackles to the hull. Made a pair of the earlier shackle pins. Noticed in some fairly early (May-June 1942) Panzer IV G’s had added 30mm armor hull bow and upper hull (page 194, Panzerkampfwagen IV and its Variants 1935-1945 - Book 2 Spielberger, Doyle & Jentz). Decided to add that too.

Also the bogies got the leaf spring detail added at the end. Added several welds j need to add weld for add on armor. Tow pinnacles also needs attachment chains.

Really really need to stay away from the reference books going forward or this build will take a very long time as the G models are my favorite Panzer IV’s

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Nice build!
Thanks for sharing.
Maybe a hint from a soldier, who spend quite some time with tracked vehicles (if you allow, no bad intentions):
If the track tension is too loose, like in your build, the risk of being thrown is quite big. No Panzerführer would like that since you could come to a full stop on moments you are very vulnerable.
Having worked with the French AMX 105 artilley gun AMX PRA) and the AMX armoured infantery vehicle (AMX PRI) I still can remember the amount of effort to get the whole thing rolling again after loosing a track.

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The UMM-USA saw is very similar and have been using it for years to remove parts. I basically only use the blade without the handle. I don’t remove plastic parts any other way. A must for Bronco and Miniart kits with small parts with multiple attachment gates.

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@Paulinsibculo, thank you for looking and commenting! Greatly appreciate the soldiers view. You’re absolutely right the tracks have too much slack. I leaned to artsy-fartsy going for that interesting look. There aren’t enough MK links left over to redo the top runs, will definitely take you advice and be more conservative with the sag next time.

I’m very open to constructive criticism, it’s the key to improvement. I may not always be able to fix said items but am receptive to learning for future applications :slight_smile:

Worked on the rear. Added some white plastic here & there. Tweaked an old Academy-MiniCraft auxiliary muffler. Used part of the kit muffler as well.

The kit rear plate lower section. Those are some ugly punch marks:)

Really hoping to wrap the lower hull soon and move to the fun stuff:)

@Tank_1812, Ryan you are a brave man building Bronco & MiniArt kits! Those are the sort of kits I’d need a surgical laser to get the tiny parts free of the tree. I will definitely keep that tip in mind using just the blade. Much appreciated

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Wade, to quote my friend Forrest, I’m not a smart man. :joy:
I failed on the Bronco M1151. Doing a Miniart kit very soon for the campaign. I use the saw on Tamiya, Dragon etc kits too.

The tweaks look good to me but I know nothing about that vehicle.

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Lol oh Ryan, that’s good humor regarding Bronco & Mini!!!

Calling the lower hull & suspension completed for the moment. Might tweak a things later.

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29 Italeri Pz IV 1975 kit parts
14 Tamiya Pz IV H parts
12 Gunzy/DML/Imperial Pz IV F2 parts
2 MiniCraft-Academy PzIV parts
271 Model Kasten Pz IV track link parts
64 Model Kasten Pz IV wheel parts
56 sheet styrene parts

LOL Quite a nice Surprise!

The Tamiya upper hull plate for the MG & driver vision port fits EXACTLY PERFECT on the Italeri upper hull. No trimming etc, dropped in like it was made for the kit.



I had expected there to be some tweaks & cutting required to make that work.

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This thirty plus year old CalScale MG34 seemed perfect for a vintage build. CalScale offer the same brass MG34 advertised in both 1/32 & 1/35 scale. The old CS brass MG’s still looks pretty good in my opinion and much better than some of the lower quality resin ones. In any case it was better than what came with the kit for an MG barrel.

Wish I taken a before picture of the turret rear. This old 1975 pressing had the rear of turret molded with the wrong shape. It looked like a raised fire place hearth in the middle of the turret rear with a stepped edge. Decided to chop that artefact out rear of the turret. Working on the new rear plate.

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Whoa man, Seriously modifying this build. Dig the attention to details

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@kosprueone, Thank you for taking time to look! This is one of those kits I always wanted to build way back in the day and collected aftermarket parts for but never got around to doing. Had a long time thinking about what I wanted to try with the dear old Italeri Pz IV.

Decided to add the flat screw heads to the upper hull & turret but can’t use PE or other new aftermarket flat screw heads. Cut some .035 styrene rod and cut a notch in one end. Drilled out the screw hole…have about 40 more to do…also adding missing weld beads.

Above the bottom the old Waldon sub-minature punch & set worked great as a holder for cutting the notch with a new #11 Testors blade. The Testor blades have always seem to cut better and hold their edge very well than X-acto brand blades.

Rear deck with flat screw heads.

I hope to get a new phone tomorrow with a better camera:)

Weld seams textured, spare Dragon Imperial radio & driver hatches installed. No signal ports. Definitely committed to making a Pz IV G now. More fiddle bits to come.

Hatches detailed.

Border Modela Panzer IV F2/G hull - inspiration & reference.

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Working on the engine deck…added three weld seams, flat screw heads, divits to radio operator side, detail along rear plate’s top weld.

Found an old 80’s/90’s Show Modeling Set for the Panzer IV in a note book! Definitely brings back memories of back in the day:)

The driver side engine access cover is missing two unlock points for lack of a better term. I’d been dreading trying to address that since I noticed it a few weeks ago. Luckily for me Show Modeling had that detail on their set.

What we have so far…

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Perth Military Modeling - Italeri Pz IV F1/F2 & G review

Perth is an outstanding site. Even found a picture online of the turret rear which is wrong for all Pz IV’s.

Tried to make it a little better.

Hope the storage box on the rear will make this passable.

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