Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 08:33 PM UTC
Trumpeter have just sent us Images & Details of two New models of Variants on the Pz IV Chassis.
Both the 'OstWind' and the Bergepanzer IV have been announced, Images at the side and the bottom, details below:

00389 - German Bergepanzer IV Recovery Vehicle (Images at the Bottom)

Total Parts: 823pcs
Metal Parts: Metal Chain
Photo Etched Parts: 2 Frets
Total Sprues: 18 sprues plus lower hull, upper hull
Paint Schemes: Markings are provided for vehicles in Panzer grey
Release Date: June '09

Company Supplied Details:

Chassis:

~ New tooled one-piece slide-molded lower hull w/ authentic details
~ Final drive housing w/ clasp bolt detail on both sides
~ New tooled slide-molded upper hull rendered in fine details
~ Full interior details
~ Interior hull is divided into four compartments, driving, fighting, engine and transmission.
~ Accurately designed transmission and steering brake.
~ Correctly detailed engine cooling condenser.
~ Accurately modeled sprocket wheel
~ Correctly detailed idler wheels w/numerous separate parts
~ Road wheels exhibit maximum detail
~ Suspension armored covers come as separate parts
~ Hatch can be assembled open/closed
~ Side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surface
~ New armor for front hull
~ Full fighting compartment interior
~ Ammo box w/interior detail
~ Newly tooled crane w/extreme detail

Tracks
-224 individual track links in light grey plastic on 7 sprues

Photo-Etch
-139 parts in two photo-etched frets

Metal crane chain included.


01520 - German 3.7cm Flak 43 Flakpanzer IV “Ostwind” (Images at the Side)

Total Parts: 854 pcs
Photo Etched Parts: 1 Fret
Total Sprues: 21 sprues plus lower hull, upper hull
Paint Schemes: Flakpanzer IV "Ostwind" in Dark Yellow with Red Brown and Green camouflage scheme.
Release Date: June '09.

Company Supplied Details:

Chassis:

~ New tooled one-piece slide-molded lower hull w/ authentic details
~ Final drive housing w/ clasp bolt detail on both sides
~ New tooled slide-molded upper hull rendered in fine details
~ Full interior details
~ Interior hull is divided into four compartments, driving, fighting, engine and transmission.
~ Accurately designed transmission and steering brake.
~ Correctly detailed engine cooling condenser.
~ Accurately modeled sprocket wheel
~ Correctly detailed idler wheels w/numerous separate parts
~ Road wheels exhibit maximum detail
~ Suspension armored covers come as separate parts
~ Hatch can be assembled open/closed
~ Side fenders w/pattern detail on both top and bottom surface
~ New armor for front hull
~ Full fighting compartment interior
~ Ammo box w/interior detail

Fighting Compartment:

- Open-top, hexagonal turret accurately shaped for ease assembly
-Turret realistically designed to allow movement [email protected] traverse, gun elevation & depression
-Turret has exquisite interior detail
-Hatch can be assembled open/closed Interior
-Fighting compartment interior represented in detail
-Includes ammo box

Gun:

-Newly tooled 3.7 cm FlaK 43 gun
-Completely new gun cradle for 3.7 cm FlaK 43

Tracks:

-224 individual track links in light grey plastic on 7 sprues

PE:

-The larger size photo-etched fret included, folded for open-top, hexagonal turret.


Our thanks to our contacts in Trumpeter for providing the updates!
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Glad to see that Trumpeter is continuing to pursue the Pz IV line and will be following these releases with interest. The approach of providing PE for the Ostwind turret in particular is an interesting step.
MAY 27, 2009 - 03:17 AM
Wow, these guys are listening! I asked for engines if you're going to give me hatches that open, and here they are! DML, it's your turn to push the envelope and give us engine compartments if you're going to provide openable hatches.
MAY 27, 2009 - 03:36 AM
Again...more choices to make...might have to get a 2nd job to afford the abundance of kits that are coming out. Nahh, wouldn't be any time to build!
MAY 27, 2009 - 09:58 AM
Nice-----
MAY 27, 2009 - 12:17 PM
Actually while Tamiya offered the Wirbelwind and two versions of the Mobelwagen, the only Ostwind kits to date have been the old Monogram kit in 1/32nd thirty years ago and the more recent Italeri offering in 1/35th. From the test shots, it looks as though Trumpeter, like Italeri before them, has not repositioned the radio operator's hatch forwards, even with the driver's hatch (it needed more clearance due to the larger turret ring, so the workshops cut out the opening in front of the hatch with a torch, and then welded the cutout back in place behind it). The hull machine gun mount on the Bergepanzer looks a bit anemic, though this seems a minor quibble. On the plus side, the inclusion of full hull interiors raises the bar a bit for Dragon (though no doubt this will also affect the price point). [/quote] CMK did a 'special' of the Ostwind, using a Tamiya Pz. IV kit with a lot of added PE and plastic parts for the Ostwind 'conversion' . A truly horrible kit, the plastic parts for the turret are pretty much beyond help, and the gun lacks much finesse. It still sits on my 'to finish one day shelf'... The Bergepanzer is a definite, in return for a full (and pretty accurate too) interior I can live with a few pin marks. Nothing that a bit of work will fix.... I know what I will go and order at my LHS.
MAY 28, 2009 - 03:35 AM
A small basket next to the ejector catches the shells. As for using search lights, the box art looks a bit speculative. These guns were meant for close support protection for Armour, and were mostly used to defend against fighter(bomber) attacks, during daylight. The search lights were used at night, against the large waves of heavy bombers, with the 88mm FlaK 36/37.
MAY 28, 2009 - 03:41 AM
Henk, Major League Baseball rules require the home team turn on the stadium lights if it's very overcast....
MAY 28, 2009 - 04:19 AM
A small basket next to the ejector catches the shells. As for using search lights, the box art looks a bit speculative. These guns were meant for close support protection for Armour, and were mostly used to defend against fighter(bomber) attacks, during daylight. The search lights were used at night, against the large waves of heavy bombers, with the 88mm FlaK 36/37. [/quote] Cheers for that, much appreciated.
MAY 28, 2009 - 11:12 AM
So about that Bergepanzer IV, I really can't find much information on it online but it seems that most of them were converted from damaged Panzer IVs sometime in 1944, am I right? If this is the case, just how realistic is it to paint one of these in German Gray as portrayed on the boxart of the Trumpeter model? I thought the Germans stopped painting their tanks gray a long time before 1944. Please tell me I'm wrong, I find it would look much better in gray.
JUN 01, 2009 - 04:51 PM
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