Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 03:39 AM UTC
It's nice to see, that while we're in the traditional period of tennis tournaments, the major manufacturers are paying their own their own particular homage. Deuce!
Dragon Models, thru their modestly-titled MDFC Forum have announced today's second model of:

6438 - Sd.Kfz.164 Bergepanzerwagen IV

Company Listed Features:

- Derrick crane can be portrayed in stowed position
- Crane can alternatively be modeled in deployed position
- Newly tooled front pulley system
- Brand new rear pulley system
- Newly tooled wood stand
- Driver’s and radio operator’s housing w/splash guard
- Hatches w/internal detail
- Movable metal chain included
- Realistic pulley system detail
- One piece upper hull w/accurate engine-deck design
- Spare-wheel rack w/spare wheels on upper hull side
- Spare-track bracket on glacis plate w/photo-etched and plastic option
- Side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surfaces
- Injection-molded fenders made to thinnest possible dimensions
- New OVM arrangement on fenders w/clasps
- Spare-track bracket on lower hull front
- Air-intake covers have option of injection or photo-etched parts
- Realistic double-layered air intake
- Lower hull made by 2-directional slide mold: bolts and rivets delicately represented on hull bottom
- Detailed towing-eye brackets w/separate parts
- Accurately detailed idler adjuster mountings
- Great detail on newly tooled hull rear
- Road wheels and suspension w/multiple components exhibit crisp detail
- Final-drive housing w/details on both sides
- Separate armored cover for final-drive housing
- Sprocket wheels w/breathtaking detail and multiple delicate parts
- Two options for idler wheels
- Photo-etched parts for idlers to accurately represent undercut details
- Extendable jack w/separate parts
- Rear antenna included
- Fuel filler flap has open/closed option
- 40cm Magic Tracks
- Complete MG w/workable ball mount



Not much to add, except, as always the timing strikes even the least-cynical observer as somewhat 'reactive'... Also, since they would (logically) have been working on this variant following their comprehensive Pz. IV series of releases, perhaps the CAD images were just waiting for a day like today for an outing?

Release date is getting listed as June 2009
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Comments

Too many cool choices...boy oh boy!
MAY 27, 2009 - 09:05 AM
since a moment it all makes me think that DML has developed / is developing a lot of kits and keeps them quiet and waits an announcement from a competitor to throw it in. nevertheless, great stuff spit
MAY 27, 2009 - 09:31 AM
Amazing how Trump and Drag compete with each other like this.. When will they ever compete over a nice brand new M113??
MAY 27, 2009 - 09:54 AM
When are Dragon and Trumpeter going to fight over a new LVT series? I think the kit is interesting but it would be more so with figures. I guess the Ostwind isn't too far behind. Lots of releases coming so I'll watch and wait.
MAY 27, 2009 - 11:26 AM
wonder how I could get into the model kit espioniage business.. seems to be alot of neck and neck competition with these two. its getting kinda humorous.
MAY 27, 2009 - 02:23 PM
The day is still young. I imagine that the poster will be out in the next few hours...
MAY 27, 2009 - 09:19 PM
Report updated with Release date and (company-supplied) Details...
MAY 28, 2009 - 12:40 AM
Maybe we should have Trupm-DML comparison section here focused only on finding differences between the kits from these manufacturers... Like "Where's Waldo" or something like that... A.
MAY 29, 2009 - 08:01 PM
Hi Nice looking kit. Just love Panzer IV's. From a quick look over this & the Trumpeter's offering I think unless I missed it in the decription the Trumpeter's is a better offering with the Interior & engine being included gives the builder more build options. Still woudn't mind either in my collection. Russ That would be nice if they could bring out some LVT's especially the LVT 3. Keep this war going T & D it's great for us modellers.
MAY 29, 2009 - 08:30 PM
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