by: Darren Baker [ ]
AFV Club have opted to tap into a potential market for young modellers and the toy market with the release of two kit offerings aimed very firmly at these areas. Normally Armorama would not cover this type of product to any great extent, but as AFV Club has sent samples of these kits for review and as they may help to attract youngsters into the fold, these kits are worth taking a look at as gateway models. The first offering from AFV Club in this style is a Panzer IV D.
The model is packaged in the typical AFV Club packaging. The contents break down as follows;
3 grey sprues
1 black sprue
A decal sheet
A flywheel motor
An instruction booklet
The mouldings supplied with this model are of the usual standards we have come to expect of AFV Club and so no issues to worry about here. The model is a caricature of a Panzer IV and not a scale model in any way, shape or form, but it is easily identified as a panzer IV due to the way the model has been approached.
Assembly of the model is snap fit, but I suspect some glue will be a good thing to use in certain areas of the model such as the lights. These models are easy kits to build as construction is complete in only six stages. AFV Club has included alternate parts that will allow youngsters to use their favourite figures with the model, the one that stands out to me is a mount for LEGO figures.
The model has been moulded in colours and that means a youngster would not have to paint it. Grey body with black tracks. The decals are water transfers and not self-adhesive offerings and so will introduce the youngster to this aspect of models. The flywheel motor should help to maintain a youngster’s interest in the model.
This kit of the Panzer IV is not aimed at the serious modeller in any way, but if you have a youngster that you want to get interested in models, this kit is a worthy offering to give though too.