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Artitec 387.108-GR Highlights:
Model: Artitec's 387.108-GR 1/87 scale Panzer IV F2 is fully assembled and is painted Dunkelgrau and features the long-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/43 gun which was first mounted in the F2 model of the vehicle. All the new Artitec finished models are highly detailed works of art. They are all hand painted and finished using the highest quality resin, plastic and metal parts. Add a few to your collection today before they are sold out. Models are made in small production runs so don't delay in ordering.
Prototype: The Panzerkampfwagen IV (Sd.Kfz. 161) or Panzer IV was one of the most versatile tank designs of the Second World War and was the most-produced German tank of the war (8,553 – production began in 1937 and continued until the end of the war). The Panzer IV, designed by Krupp, was intended to serve alongside the Panzer III as a heavier infantry support tank. To this end is was originally armed with a short-barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 gun for firing high-explosive shells at fixed targets. The initial Panzer IV models had light protection but this was upgraded to 50 mm of frontal, 30 mm of side, and 20 mm of rear armor beginning in 1940. Front and side armor would be further augmented as the war went on. Already during the Battle of France the Germans realized that the Panzer IV’s short-barreled 75 mm main gun was ineffective against the heavy armor of the French Char 2B and the British Matilda tanks and this became abundantly clear after encounters with Soviet T-34s and KV-1s following the start of Operation Barbarossa. Unlike the Panzer III however, the Panzer IV had a larger hull that could accommodate a heavier, more effective gun and beginning in late 1941 new Panzer IVs began to receive the high velocity 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/43 gun, the same antitank gun used by the StuG III assault guns. These and continued upgrades allowed the Panzer IV to remain competitive until the end of the war and it was easier to produce than the Panther and Tiger-series tanks. The hull of the Panzer IV went on to serve as a platform to the Hummel and Sturmpanzer IV self-propelled artillery vehicles, StuG IV assault gun, Nashorn and Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyers, and several antiaircraft tanks. PLEASE NOTE: These models are all handmade and painted which makes every one unique. This means the paint patterns may vary a little and the detail parts like sandbags, turret tracks, antennas, etc. may also be arranged differently. This was also the case in real life. These models are very prototypical.