Kit Preview : 1/76 Vacucast Panzer IV Ausf. A



Now defunct Vacucast had a line of Panzer IVs, most based on the early pre-F stepped hull. The models are in resin, with very few parts, namely a complete hull with molded tools and accessories, a finely made turret, two complete track assemblies, and some other parts depending on the version. This particular model represents the first of the line, the Ausfuhrung A, of which 35 were built in 1937/38. 30 of them were used in operations until 1940.
The tracks are finely molded wit the downside that portions have broken off. The same can be said of the mudguards. As noted above the turret is beautiful but the hull has some coarse engraved detail notably on the engine deck. I can't say for precision in the details but sizewise it is spot on with the Airfix Panzer IV F. The idler wheel is of a later type with 7 spokes and it should have eight up to the D model. The sprocket is also not appropriate for the type but I'm not as sure.