As part of our expanding Flames of War coverage here at BoLS, I thought I’d show you how to build a typical tank. In this case, lets take a look at a box of German Panzer IV tanks.
These are great medium tanks that can be used in mid and late war and models a lot of German players will want to add to their army.
Building the tanks up to this point took only ten or fifteen minutes. Some of the barrels needed a little cleaning with a sharp knife, but otherwise there’s very little flash. The tracks are labeled L and R so you’ll know which side to glue them on. Little metal nubs on each side also ensure they go on in the right place. Simple, and for most nations’ tanks you’d be done already. One trick for you new players, use the closed cupolas except on the platoon leaders’ tank. It’ll make him easy to tell apart from the rest of the unit at one easy glance.
Now for the one tricky part of these models. The Schurzen side armor. The German tanks had one defining feature that separates them out on the battlefield, and that is the Schurzen plates that protected the tracks. Assembling this part of the model is the most challenging part of the tank.