Pzkw. IV Ausf. J Late Sd.Kfz. 162/2

DML (Shanghai Dragon)

Catalogue No.: 6080
Scale: 1/35th
Media: Plastic
Review Type: In box
Rating: Recommended to all German and Panzer IV fans

Reviewed by Cookie Sewell

S u m m a r y

708 Parts (467 in grey styrene, 240 in steel coloured styrene, one sheet of plastic screening 160x190mm
Price: around US$23 or less
Advantages: Another Panzer IV variant with some new moulding
Disadvantages: More DML "Mix and Match" sprue selection


F i r s t   L o o k

DML's affiliate Shanghai Dragon is now rolling with its own kit lines, which are nested in the corporate DML catalogue. At least this makes it easier to track them than the Revell - Italeri - AFV Club - DML swaps going on in Germany! The latest effort and the 80th kit in DML's WWII line is the final production variant of the Pzkw. IV series. This kit appears to use more molds from some of the later DML kits which received high marks from German fans, such as the late model Jagdpanzer IV and Panzer IV/70 kits. The engine deck is one piece with the fenders, and all components of the earlier kit with its etched metal and optional position doors are now made redundant.

The kit is apparently called the Late model as it comes with the "von Thoma" screen shields rather than the plate shields of the earlier kit (#6022). Many of the small moldings have been changed for the evolved versions from the line of DML Pzkw. IV series kits. These now include the following models:

6001 Sdkfz. 164 Nashorn
6004 Sdkfz. 165 Hummel
6015 Jadgpanzer IV/70
6022 Pzkw. IV Ausf. J Late
6026 Sturmpanzer IV Brummbaer (Late)
6040 Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz
6043 StuG IV Late Version
6080 Pzkw. IV Ausf. J Final Version
6081 Brummbaer (Final Version) (later in 1998)
6082 Jagdpanzer IV/70(A) Zwischenloesung (later in 1998)
6107 StuG IV Final Production Version (later in 1998)
9019 Pzkw. IV Ausf. F2
9020 Pzkw. IV Ausf. G
9021 Jagdpanzer IV Early Model
9038 StuG IV Early Model
9043 Jagdpanzer IV/70 Command Version
9044 Pzkw. IV Ausf. F1 "Afrika Korps"

As most modelers know, the kits do get better as they go and this one appears to be a pretty nice overall effort. Markings are included for two tanks from the 1st SS Panzer Regiment and one from the 116th Panzer Division, all in 1945.

Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.

Review by Cookie Sewell, March 1998.
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