1687 units were produced between 1942-1943 of version G. Some of them were equipped with flaps and additional armor plates on the front of the chassis and the turret. The armored Panzer IV was the most widely produced during the war, exported to many countries, including Spain, and its chassis was also used as a basis for more than a few anti-tank vehicles, self-propelled artillery and other specialized vehicles. After the war many were sold to Syria, and participated in the 1967 war with Israel, the six days war.
Designed to be a infantry support tank, soon replaced the Panzer III in armored warfare functions, and models with 75 mm cannon above 1942, it gave for a short time the hegemony in armored warfare to the Panzer IV.
Altaya’s model is as always a bit basic, especially the finish. On the front of the turret there are horrible gaps between the pieces, worthy of being covered with filler, side mirrors at driver’s area have been painted, and then hidden for me. There are photos of the original model, and some of the model after washing and a bit of drybrush, and have covered the holes with filler pieces.
It had been many years since I built a scale model and has been a pleasure to complete this. The instructions are clear and precise, and I do not ride has taken a long time, but the inexperience has made me make several mistakes, especially leave for the final very inaccessible areas for painting.
The scale of the model is correct, there are some variations, accessories as shovels, picks, and some guns. The rear doors can be assembled open or closed, and the same with the viewers of the cab.
The doors can be mounted engine also open, although the model does not include engine, so if you have no where to get one, better closed. In the kit there are still two small pieces to which I soon found useful, there are 4 clips for only two machine guns, and the model Altaya just had two machine guns without clip. Thing done.
For paint I did not dare to any camouflage pattern, so after some tests I set out with the Citadel color Desert Yellow and Devlan Mud , and the result is seen in the photos, quite acceptable for what is my pulse, and taking into account that not built a model since i was 16 or 17 years (I write this at the age of 33).
You can find a summary of the Sd.Kfz.251 in the Altaya model.
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