Since posting the original comparison review back in April of this year there has been a bit of confusion regarding the actual dimensions of the Dragon kit gun housing and in the hope of putting this to bed once and for all I will present further information here using the very references and plans it is claimed were used when producing the kit.
The reference most often quoted is the Panzer Tracts No.4 Panzerkampfwagen IV by Thomas L. Jentz with scale plans by Hilary Louis Doyle.
On pages 4-30 and 4-31 of that book is a set of 1:35 plans of the Panzer IV Aust.D, the subject of the kits featured in this comparison review and before continuing I’ll also say that anyone with this reference and the Dragon kit can do exactly what I have done here to verify that all is above board.
I have scanned the section of the overhead plan showing the gun housing and have removed the surrounding detail for clarity but the plans have not been altered in any other way and again I invite others to do the same to verify.
Measuring the distance on the plan from the front of the mantlet shield to the end of the gun housing shows a distance of 11.5mm (give or take a fraction for variations in printing etc.) and the distance from the front of the mantlet shield to the tip of the barrel is 29mm.
Measuring the exact same sections of the assembled Dragon gun housing sees the distance from the front of the mantlet shield to the end of the gun housing at 11mm (again give or take a fraction for variations etc.) and the distance from the front of the mantlet shield to the tip of the barrel is 27.5mm. Yes I have pushed both the plastic and metal barrels through the housing as far as they will go and measured both with the same overall length.
I have also assembled a gun from a second kit and the measurements are exactly the same as with the first kit and also used two different mini steel rulers with .05mm divisions to eliminate any calibration error of the measuring device.
Out of fairness I have also included the measurements of the Tristar gun assembly against the same plans with the distance from the front of the mantlet shield to the end of the gun housing at 11.5mm (again give or take a fraction for variations etc.) and the distance from the front of the mantlet shield to the tip of the barrel is 28.75mm.
These measurements concur with my original findings and unless I’m doing something seriously wrong here I stand by these findings.
Of course many will see the 1.5mm as inconsequential and simply ignore this when building the model and I have no problem with that at all because as I have said previously I simply present the information for people to take or leave as they see fit. But the fact remains that the gun housing assembly is short by approximately 1.5mm compared to the very references quoted and against the others mentioned in the original review for anyone wanting true accuracy.
I will not go down the path of why some continue to say otherwise and simply leave these facts for you to peruse and make up your own minds. And of course if anyone has additional information I always receptive to factual input.
Please note that the only information being put forward claiming these finding are incorrect are either from the Company or Company associated "advisors" or "reviewers". I would very much welcome input from anyone not associated with the Company or without any vested interest to actually measure their kit and advise the findings compared to the available plans, thank you.
Click HERE to see what the Dragon designers have done which resulted in this error.
Part 1: Lower Hull and Running Gear
Part 2: Upper Hull
Part 3: Turret
Part 4: Gun Housing Dimensions (this page)
Panzer Tracts No.4
Typical Panzer Tracts book with excellent technical descriptions and detailed coverage of the Panzer IV.
Achtung Panzer No.3
Excellent detail coverage of the Panzer IV with the usual detail photos and drawings of all versions of the Panzer IV.
Ausf.D Up-Gunned AFV Super Detail Photo
56 pages, full colour, soft cover
Ground Power Magazine
PzKpfw IV Ausf.A-D
Koku Fan World Tank Series
Japanese text but 1:35 plans and many wartime Pz.IV photos
Medium Tank 1936-45
Osprey New Vanguard 28
Panzer IV & Its Variants
PzKpfw IV Ausf.A to J
The usual in action fare with photos and drawings of the Pz.IV
PzKpfw IV in action #2012
The usual in action fare with photos and drawings of the Pz.IV versions
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