Kit Preview : 1/76 Vacucast JagdPanzer IV L70 Alkett



This is the Alkett version of the later JagdPanzer IV, mating the Panther's long 7.5cm gun with a Panzer IV chassis. The gun was too heavy so the vehicle was extremely nose heavy. The muzzle brake was not used, lest it touch the ground when the vehicle dipped. The 2 front wheels on each side were replaced with steel ones to better cope with the extra load. They fought in the tank destroyer sections of Panxer divisions in the final battles of the war on all fronts.
The model is in resin, with very few parts, namely a complete hull with molded tools and accessories, a white metal gun with resin muzzle brake, two complete track assemblies, and a couple hatches.
The tracks are finely molded with the downside that portions have broken off. They are the same as for the Panzer IV kits. The one piece hull has well defined detail with a perhaps too fine representation of Zimmerit paste.