1/35 Academy Panzer IV Ausf H

This is Academy's 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf H.

Construction begins by adding zimmerit to the hull and priming with Mr. Surfacer. Zimmerit was applied using AFV’s zimmerit applicator and the zimmerit paste is from 2 part bondite epoxy putty. This is followed by partial assembly of the turret. The fit of the hull is not good at all. There is a big gap at the rear that will take a good amount of filler to close. Also, this kit was made to be motorized. Hence, a couple of holes in the side of the hull for battery place holders. These will have to be filled too.

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After construction of the turret, the whole vehicle is primed ready for a paintjob.

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The wheels were also primed and the tyres and hubs were airbrushed free hand without using masking tools.

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The initial base coat and camouflage is applied.

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The decals are placed and an oil wash is applied.

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Weathering with chip marks using acryllics and rust stains using oils are added. Using thin applications of Tamiya buff, some light dusting and rain marks is applied.

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Final product after applying another round of washes, fadings, and weathering pastels.

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