The box came with six Panzer IVs with all the trimmings. I was pleased to see plastic tracks and accessories! Everything is provided, including magnets and decals.
|Box contents. I think I got the Panther decals by mistake -- oops!|
|Plastic sprue detail.|
The Schürzen were test-fit extensively and formed to the side fenders. This is not difficult, but is necessary to get a nice, stable side skirt. You may have to add a little glue to the side of the model to hold them on.
|Panzer IV J during assembly.|
During assembly, it seemed to me that the Panzer IV hull had shrunk back to previous size. I have noticed that the Panzer IV Hs from the box set seemed to grow over the past few years, dwarfing the old Panzer IV F1/F2 models. I do not have an H to compare to, so this will remain a mystery until I get them side-by-side. (Editor: The shrinkage is confirmed -- the Pz IV J models are smaller than the Pz IV H)
I had no trouble painting the completely assembled model. I took my time and did several light layers of dunkelgelb to reach every crevice. In painting the schürzen, I decided to heavily ink the mesh to make them look somewhat transparent. I think it turned out ok.
|I had my own decals that matched those on the box.|
|I tried some pigments on these -- less is more, I think.|
- Everything in one box: decals, magnets and models
- Lighter model with the plastic accessories
- No hangers for the schürzen!
- Plastic MG is fragile - I broke one during assembly
- No significant price break with the army box set (except, as Steven mentioned- the free objectives, dice, and tokens)
- The decals provided do not allow you to make what is pictured on the box. Decals are provided, but they are different than the photographs of the miniatures.
Conclusion: 5 of 7 Hard 6s.
Models provided by Battlefront Miniatures