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Kharkov Pz.Kpfw IV G

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Dan used Dragon's Panzer IV G to depict a vehicle in winter white wash at Kharkov, 1943. He used Tamiya acrylics and the hairspray method for the white wash. The figures are from an Alpine set.
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A nice clean build. But the scene as described doesn't work for me. A mid-winter tank with no mud/snow on it, not even a slightly bent fender. Take the figures out, and this PzIV would look more like one in summer'43 at Kursk. My 2 cents anyway.
DEC 23, 2018 - 04:01 AM
As Jack says, a nice clean build. But I can't agree with him about the scene not working. I've just looked at some pictures from Kharkov and the Leibstandarte tanks do look surprisingly clean, which says something about our perceptions vis-a-vis genuine contemporary photography. Remember the SS Panzer Korps was posted back to the East specifically for the Kharkov operation, after a refit in France in the case of the Leibstandarte and Das Reich, but not Totenkopf. So it's kit was mostly new and hadn't had time to get battered and dirty. It was also below freezing so not as muddy and dirty as might be expected. The whitewash coating also looks surprisingly uniform in the pictures. I personally think Dan is to be commended for striving for accuracy and not succumbing to the temptation to go for fullscale heavy weathering.
DEC 23, 2018 - 06:25 AM
That's correct and if you check out the German newsreel footage, the AFVs in LAH look remarkably clean. The beginning of the counter offensive shows very little wear or damage. I actually should have mixed the Tamiya flat white thinner and made some more wear on the wash. However, I did put slight dirt on the front fenders.I'm always up to listening to constructive criticism.
DEC 23, 2018 - 10:50 AM
I like it and don't get me wrong, but you have to wonder about exactly when those photos were taken. I can tell you from experience that even in sub-zero conditions tanks throw up dirt which, while not exactly mud, is a sticky, clumpy mess that ends up EVERYWHERE! So you have to wonder where those fine Liebstandarte tanks were driving along in a country notable for its lack of anything we'd consider roads. And they had been in battle, so some scuffing and dirt should be expected. Were they perhaps cleaned up for a propaganda photo-op? Who knows...
DEC 23, 2018 - 03:42 PM
Guess I should have clarified my comment somewhat. It's based on four Kharkov-related reference books I have, plus other observations. Some photos do show LAH tanks with only minor wear/damage, but for each of those, others show more. So it could go either way perhaps. However, with 1st SS arriving from France, means their vehicles would have been loaded onto trains, trundled several hundred or more miles (in the middle of winter) to southern Russia, unloaded, and then driven to their battle assembly areas. With Dan's example, I'm not suggesting full-scale heavy weathering either, as I agree with others that some builds overdo it. I like the idea for this scene, but I still think the tank is TOO clean.
DEC 24, 2018 - 02:19 PM
Too clean? How about it's fresh off the train and arriving at its assembly area after a little drive. That matches the weathering. There's no label saying how long it's been in theater so it could have just arrived with the ground guide pointing to the assembly area.
DEC 25, 2018 - 06:33 AM
Dn, Nice, clean, simple diorama. I like it.
JAN 06, 2019 - 02:06 PM