The Panzer IV was the backbone of the German armoured forces during WW2 and served right though from the Polish campaign until the bitter end in Berlin in 1945, with around 8500 being built in all versions. The Panzer IV chassis was also the basis for the Brummbar and Jagdpanzer and various other German armoured fighting vehicles.
The Panzer IV saw service in all combat theatres involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war. It received various upgrades and design modifications, intended to counter new threats and extending its service life. Generally, these involved increasing the Panzer IV's armour protection or upgrading its weapon systems. During the last months of the war with Germany's pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included the simplification of the manufacturing process. The Panzer IV was supposed to be replaced by the Panther but like with many tried and trusted designs and a lack of suitable replacements, the Panzer IV soldiered on to the last days of the war.
Our 1/30 scale tank comes with a commander figure wearing the brown leather tankers uniforms issued to the 12th SS and all have detachable metal side skirts. There are 4 versions available as follows:
A version with unit markings '555' for a Panzer IV commanded by 12th SS Sturmbannfuhrer Karl Heinz Prinz Knights Cross recipient, killed in action July 1944 in Normandy. Limited to 60 pieces worldwide.
B Version with unit markings '554' Obersturmfuhrer Friedrich Hartmann Adjutant to Karl Prinz. Limited to 30 pieces worldwide.
C Version with unit markings '553' Untstufuhrer Gunnar Johnsson, Signals officer to Karl Prinz. limited to 30 pieces worldwide.
D Version comes in same colour scheme as the above Panzer IV's but has no decals applied, leaving you free to apply your own if desired. There are decals supplied from all of the above 3 versions in order for you to make up any number of Panzer varieties. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide whilst stocks last.
Scale 1:30 / 60mm.