Sd.Kfz. 162/1 Jagdpanzer IV/L70 (V)
by Filippo Chessa ©2001
Front armor of the hull increased from 60 mm to 80 mm
I must say that I have built an hybrid model since it combines some elements of the October 44 version and others corresponding to the final production (December 44) already adopted by the Panzer IV L/ 70 (A).
I have also used the Show Modeling photoetched set, the Aber photoetched mudguard set, the latest Friul Model harnesses, and the Evergreen solid plates. The gun was replaced with the metal one provided by Jordi Rubio.
Chassis - additions / modifications
Removal of two bolts from the armor of the shock absorbers.
Hull, turret - additions / modifications
Replacement of the armor flamethrower with the one from Tamiya's Panzer IV Ausf. H
I added the photoetched set at the last moment to the already built model (basic plastic parts already glued). The effect of fusion with the sheet was obtained by bouncing the surface of the model in a non-uniform way, with a small mini-tool at the low speed. This surface was subsequently polished with sandpaper and file. You will see that the effect is more noticeable on the gun mantlet.
The trailer kit
The small trailer was taken from an Italieri´s Jeep. The only improvement introduced was the removal of the pattern on the rear wheel in order to simulate wear and tear.
The items used for these jobs were taken from different kits:
Camouflage and color scheme
There are no specific references as regards the camouflage adopted by the Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (V) belonging to the 1st company of the Panzer-Abteilung Schlesien. Therefore, I decided to apply a light two-shade camouflage: sand and brown on a green antioxide primer, based on the excellent works by Dinesh Ned and Peter Kwok.
During the last stages of the conflict, these tanks were released by the manufacturer with just the antioxide primer (dark red or dark green) for at least, two simply reasons:
The camouflage was painted by the campaign offices or by the crew assigned to the vehicle. The painting of the gun was frequently omitted, reducing the sanding of the varnish. Anyway, the gun usually adopted a dark color after its first operations.
The model was primed with Tamiya in order to integrate the different materials used during the assembly process. Then I applied a light coat of Tamiya's (XF1) matte black, on which Humbrol's (78) light green was applied. The stripes were produced with Tamiya Desert Yellow (XF 60), lighten to 50% with white (XF 1), and Red Brown (XF 64).
The track was painted with a base coat of Humbrol matte black (33), light dry brush with silver and a thicker layer of red pastel chalk.
The camouflage net is from Verlinden. The number 124 is a Verlinden dry transfer.
The small trailer was also primed with Tamiya and then given a light base coat with matte black (XF1), on which I applied Tamiya's dark olive drab (XF 62). The rubber bands on the wheels were painted with dark gray before applying black.
To complete this task, I applied a wash with Humbrol matte black (33) and a light dry brush to highlight all details. The final details were made with red, brown, black and orange chalk.
"Siegen oder Sibirien" (literally "Victory or Siberia") was one of many graffiti seen on the walls of the capital city, by the "Wolf Herds" ("Wehrwolf") with the intention of making people sensible about the imminent "red danger".
The sign hanging from the hull of the armored vehicle usually showed the mood of the crew that will confront the soviet forces (which outnumbered them) during the last and ferocious battles at Seelow Hights and in Berlin surrounds.
The atmosphere of tension, due to the lack of men and means, generated the use of a trailer manufactured in America (which was part of the "Lend and Lease" program between USA and The Soviet Union), stolen in Russia at the battlefield and destined to store everything that could be useful to maintain the vehicle in operation as long as possible and survival of the crew.
Funklenkpanzer: A history of German Army Remote- and Radio-Controlled Units, M. Jaugitz, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, 2001.