Eduard Pz.Kpw. IV Ausf. F2 photo-etched
by Frank De Sisto
Contains two frets and five pages of instructions. Price: $24.95 USD.
There are certain “workhorse” vehicles that both modelers
and kit manufacturers seem to dote upon. The German Pz.Kpw. IV is one
such vehicle. There are many variations of the gun tank available from
most of the major manufacturers, specifically: Tamiya, Italeri and DML.
This set is for a variation produced by the last-mentioned manufacturer,
DML’s Pz.Kpw. IV Ausf. F2.
This set begins with new parts for the front and rear mud flaps, replacement
tread plates and engine air intake grill doors for the rear-most fender
section, as well as small details for where the fenders attach to the
front of the vehicle. Also for the front end, there are tiny chains for
the towing mounts, two styles of strip brackets for spare tracks and the
six small brackets over the transmission access hatch that also acted
as spare track holders. There are also details for both the inner and
outer surfaces of the driver’s and radio operator’s hatch
doors. The hull rear gets a completely new flange (this is what was used
to bolt the engine deck to the lower hull), new mounting straps for the
small square and large cylindrical exhaust mufflers, details for the idler
wheel adjustment devices, various chains and brackets, and finally, tail
There are all sorts of mounting brackets for the jack, jack block, spare
track shoes, gun cleaning rods and antenna storage troughs, as well as
the peculiar bracket that held up the fender on the starboard, forward
end. All tools receive easy-to-make, one-piece clamps, which I for one,
really appreciate. There is also a completely new storage pan for the
two spare road wheels. The remaining parts detail the turret and include
new rain guards for the side doors, small “T” handles and
hasps for the doors, and various lifting hooks. The cupola hatches get
inner details including locking levers and head pads. There is a blade
sight for in front of the cupola, the small lift ring seen on the mantlet
and a tiny bit for the top of the muzzle break. Finally, there are parts
to trim the turret stowage bin, including those meant to represent the
wood that would prevent the turret bin from shorting out the antenna when
it rotated into contact with it.
Altogether, this is a rather complete set that will dress up the DML
kit quite nicely.
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly
from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.
Visit their web site for images of reviewed items.