Panzer IV Ausf.D
Dragon Kit #6265 - Tristar Kit #35023
Lower Hull parts
Dragon alternate lower hulls
Separate hull sides and inner brackets on Tristar hull
Assembled lower hull undersides.
The separate suspension channels on the Dragon hull offer little or no detail
increase over the Tristar hull with these parts included
in the lower hull moulding.
Note: There are four raised pins on the side of each Dragon suspension
bracket that can't be
seen after assembly and you
should cut these off as they only hinder the placement
Rear hull parts
Idler mount parts
Note: idler mounting plates part of rear hull plate on Tristar kit
Assembled idler mounts
Dragon detail issues: 1. No mounting flanges for exhaust pipes.
2. Undersized muffler (see below).
issues: 1. Note different orientation of small cover brackets,
this is correct as the cover can be transposed and have a different orientation,
see the images below which show in photo 1 the same as Dragon
and photo 2 the same as Tristar so both kits are correct here.
2. Small notches missing from idler mount caps.
Main exhausts and muffler on Dragon parts undersized
Tristar muffler is correct size compared to available 1:35 plans
Upper rear hull panel with Dragon detail inaccuracies
Lower hull fillet with the Dragon part slightly to
narrow but with the correct contours
the Tristar part appears to be possibly correct on photographic
Image below shows the Dragon fillet with correct profile
and the Tristar part altered to the same configuration
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