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Item Name: 1/6 Sd.Kfz.161 Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.H
Now includes new detailed parts from Frontline Hobbies. New suspension system, double road wheels, return rollers, and more! Cast texture and serial numbers added.
Also includes the new Detailed Turret with metal working slats and open hatch. No interior detail included. Can be acquired separately
The Panzer IV Ausf. H, began production in June 1943 and received the designation Sd. Kfz. 161/2. This variant saw the integrity of the glacis armor improved by manufacturing it as a single 80-millimetre (3.15 in) plate. To prevent adhesion of magnetic anti-tank mines, which the Germans feared would be used in large numbers by the Allies, Zimmeritpaste was added to all the vertical surfaces of the tank's armor. The vehicle's side and turret were further protected by the addition of 5-millimetre (0.20 in) side-skirts and 8-millimetre (0.31 in) turret skirts. During the Ausf. H's production run, its rubber-tired return rollers were replaced with cast steel; the hull was fitted with triangular supports for the easily-damaged side-skirts. A hole in the roof, designed for the Nahverteidigungswaffe, was plugged by a circular armored plate due to shortages of this weapon. These modifications meant that the tank's weight jumped to 25 tonnes (27.56 short tons), reducing its speed, a situation not improved by the decision to adopt the Panzer III's six-speed SSG 77 transmission, which was inferior to that of earlier-model Panzer IVs.
FOA Panzer IV Ausf.H un-assembled model is a FULL METAL kit (mild steel) assembled with 'pop rivets'. No previous experience with rivet is required. It takes about 15 hours to assemble the kit. Resin accessories are provided for the road-wheels, sprockets (with metal teeth inserts), idlers and other hull equipment. Includes accurate turret, working hatches, molded individual track links w/ pins. R/C upgrade available. The turret and body "Side Skirts" are sold separately.
Below is a video of FOA standard TTMS-HP motorization installed on a Panzer IV Hull
Posted by Duane Dahm on Mar 7th 2016
The hull and turret went together so quickly, in less than an hour both were bent to shape and held together with 4-40 bolts instead of pop rivets. Then I had the hull and turret tig welded to make stronger and needing no pop rivets. Resin parts and very well made, track wheels will need some work, installing bushings as it will be R/C controlled. Am looking at purchasing the Panther kit next as I am so pleased with this kit.