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1/35 Dragon Models Jagdpanzer IV A-0

Dragon Models Unveil another of his famous Jagdpanzer IV this time the A-o version based on the previous kit #6369 with new parts. Also this new kit replace the previous version from 2005 on the Imperial Series Jagdpanzer IV A-0.

The History*

Germany based its Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer on the chassis of the ubiquitous and reliable Panzer IV tank. The vehicle mounted a lethal 75mm main gun in a fixed superstructure or casemate. The low-profile vehicle was actually designed as a replacement for the successful StuG.III, and it was built in three variants, the first of which was the 0-series, essentially a Jagdpanzer IV pre-production version. The 0-series is easily identified by the rounded front corners of the superstructure, a feature that was dropped for production and ballistic reasons once manufacture began. It mounted a 7.5cm PaK39 gun, plus ports for two 7.92mm machine guns in the glacis plate. The first 0-series vehicle was produced in January 1944.


The Kit**

This Dragon 1/35 scale rendition of a Jagdpanzer IV A-0 is well engineered and carefully crafted to accurately recreate the original pre-production vehicle. Indeed, it has no connection with old item No.9059 that Dragon released ages ago. This is a brand new kit that employs parts such as the chassis and road wheels from Dragon’s current generation of exemplary Panzer IV kits, combined with easy-to-assemble tracks made from DS. Furthermore, the superstructure and roof are brand new. It has the correct superstructure with distinctive rounded corners that makes it stand out from production Jagdpanzer IVs, while the 75mm PaK39 gun is fitted with a muzzle brake. In fact, Dragon has made the 1/35 kit even more attractive by offering two different options in the box. These options allow either of two different vehicle configurations to be created as modelers wish.

September 2016
1/35 WWII Military


Main Features:
– Authentic-looking 1/35 Scale Jagdpanzer IV A-0
– Photo-etched part for sliding cover of gun sight slot
– New one-piece fighting-compartment superstructure made by slide mold Highly detailed superstructure roof
– Cast Saukopf gun mantlet and ball mounting plate molded as single pieces with suitable texture
– Extreme level of detail on superstructure roof, including photo-etched part
– Hatches in superstructure can be posed open/closed
– Engine deck has full detail
– Side-skirt armor produced to scale thickness
– Elements such as cradle and gun sight mount for L/43 gun accurately reproduced
– Highly detailed 7.5cm PaK39 L/43 gun includes full breech
– Rear hull features all details such as exhaust muffler
– Frontal glacis plate
– Gun sight and recoil system accurately detailed
– Realistic return rollers included
– Road wheels and suspension w/multiple components exhibit crisp detail
– Sprockets and idler wheels w/delicate detail
– Periscope mode from clear part
– One-piece DS tracks w/well defined detail

* From the Dragon Model Website.

**Also from the Dragon Model Website.

Pedro Negron
Pedro Negron

Started with modeling kits at age of 7 with the Monogram Missouri, continue at age of 12 with the Testor F-14 and many other kits until University, work and marriage put at stop at it. Now I’m back working with kits since 2010, and dealing with every type from Tanks to Scifi, and experimenting a lot with the paintings and weathering looking to achieve life-like models.