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Recovered PzKfw. IV J

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Piet based this model on photos he received from a fellow modeller in Holland of a Pz. IV recovered from Bulgaria in 2008 where it had been installed as part of a static bunker defence line on the border. He later discovered more photos on the internet but unfortunately they have since been removed.

The model is a converted Dragon Ausf. H with the rear panel and engine bay modified to a later J model. Using the photo as reference he modified the model to match with several wheels missing, no gearbox, hatches and commanders cupola gone, etc.

Weathering of the interior was done utilizing both salt- and hairspray techniques, while the outside is done completely with oil paints on a Tamiya base paint (XF-9). Piet used several colors to get the desired result, including: blue, yellow, burnt umber, burnt sienna, sap green, green, black, white, etc. He used a palette to mix the paints and observe the result before applying to the model.

With the salt technique Piet observed he achieved the best (n-scale) result with very fine salt (eg. Himalaya salt) on a base of Tamiya XF-9. After wetting it with diluted wood glue he painted it with several rust colors over which is sprayed elfenbein (an off-white yellowish color). Parts of the white paint are removed showing the rust and everything is dry-brushed with rust-colors and given several light rust washes.

The breech block was done using the hairspray technique. The engine was installed after modifying it and the engine bay received petrol/oil tanks, which are also included inside the fighting compartment.
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About the Author

About Pieter Siegel (Piet946)
FROM: ZUID-HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS

After Tamiya brought put the wonderfull F1 series I starten to build Sherman tanks. When almost all versions (incl. British) where made, The interest schiften to German tanks and guns. Now Adams the most of my hobby time is spend by making specificatie models for other people. I have a lot of ...


Comments

Dito! One remark though- this is one of the tanks recovered from fixed position on the southern Bulgarian border.
MAR 13, 2018 - 11:37 PM
Thanks Angel, I have updated the text!
MAR 14, 2018 - 12:54 AM
You nailed it! Amazing detail, great work!
MAR 14, 2018 - 03:05 AM
Editor and Angel thanks for all the work. It was a pleasure to build it speciale since there was ampel information. Thanks again Piet
MAR 14, 2018 - 04:31 AM
Colin, Can you tell me were I can update my personal information. It looks quite empty in my box. 😜 Thanks in advance
MAR 14, 2018 - 04:33 AM
Hi Piet, fixed! For some reason I didn't have your correct username.
MAR 14, 2018 - 05:23 AM
A really nice build with excellent weathering. I liked the attention to detail as shown by the small gear attached to the turret ring and the gutted interior. Really a remarkable wreck. I'm going to save a couple of the pics as inspiration on my own build.
MAR 14, 2018 - 09:50 AM
amazing detail excellent
MAR 14, 2018 - 10:10 AM
Excellent job indeed
MAR 17, 2018 - 08:43 AM
Excellent work Piet, a really evocative wreck beautifully painted. Id go further and say it deserves a better base or something else to set it off even a couple of kids playing on it? Also, I know how hard it is to get decent photos through hatches, it takes a lot of fiddling with the light source coming through one hatch while you shoot through another at extreme macro, but this is SO good I think its worth trying. Bravo
MAR 17, 2018 - 10:14 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.