Comparing Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G 6594 and Border Models Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. G BT-001

Now that I have completed the build of the Border Models Panzer IV G, let’s compare them side-by-side. They are really close in execution so I’m going to only point out the differences. Some quick thoughts on the build:  One of the prevalent themes of this kit is to ease a number of pain points…

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Build Review: Border Models BT-001 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Mid/Late (Panzer IV G)

One of the more anticipated armor kits in recent years, the first model by Border Models is the venerable Panzer IV Ausf. G. As I have previously reviewed. The Panzer IV medium tank was the workhorse AFV of the Wehrmacht and produced throughout the war, with over 8500 built, second only to the Stug III. With…

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Build review: Dragon 6594 Panzer IV Ausf.G Apr – May 1943 Production

Introduction Panzer IV is the workhorse AFV of the German Army until the end of WW2, with over 8500 built, second just behind Stug III. Of its many variants, the more dramatic switch happens around the ausf F. into the longer barrel KwK 40 L/43 gun and later the longer KwK 40 L/48 gun. For…

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Final reveal: Jagdpanther ausf. G1, sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944 (Meng TS-039)

The Jagdpanther (Sd. kfz. 173) is a tank destroyer based upon the Panther chassis. It houses the powerful 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 cannon in a turretless casemate hull, givnig it a very sleek look and is one of cooler looking German designs. The Meng kit is based off of their excellent Panther kit which I’ve built…

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Final reveal: Ryefield Model 1/35 Tiger I Late Production: s Pz. abt 505, nr. 312 at Kowel, 1944 summer.

I have painted this kit non-stop for over 2 weeks and it took it out of me. Learned A LOT and honestly I’m not sure I’m done, but I’ll let it sit a bit.  Some highlights: The Zimmerit application has massive flaws and it really affected the finish quite a bit.  One of the aspects…

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Buying kits from China – my experience with buying direct from Taobao.

Ever since I started doing armor modeling, I have gradually shifted my purchase pattern. In the days of Gunpla, buying direct from Japan makes sense. HLJ and such has regular 20% off on kits, combined with SAL shipping it makes for very reasonable pricing. The only way to get it cheaper is to buy the…

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Final reveal: Panzerbeobachtungwagen III Ausf. F(Sd. Kfz. 143)

This is my “target practice” model where I try a bunch of weathering techniques on. It’s obviously a bit heavy handed since I was throwing experiments at it, but I learned a lot and this feels like I’m making progress where different elements were mixing together and I had a better sense of how layering…

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Build Review: Ryefield Model 1/35 5015 Late Production Tiger

Introduction The iconic Tiger had a relatively long life in its service, and Ryefield had previously captured various versions of it in a DAK version (5001), early (5003), Fehrmann (5005), middle (5010) and now late (5015). The original releases came with interior and later ones without, including this kit. The late production is mainly distinguished…

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