1/72 StuG IV - Sd. Kfz. 167 (Late Production)
This kit accurately represents the late model StuG IV including the gun mantlet, MG shield, exhaust mufflers and pipes.... all of which are newly molded parts!
- All new StuG IV moulds
- Features the late production gun mantlet
- Includes the correct MG mount with shield
- Tracks are produced in the revolutionary DS, which allows unprecedented detail (SEE BELOW for full details)
- One-piece return rollers that are highly detailed and convenient to assemble, thanks to slide mold technology (SEE BELOW for full details)
- Road wheel hubs are separate pieces, allowing unparalleled detail
- Accurate Cartograf decals with various marking options
About the StuG IV:
Sturmgeschütz is a German word for "assault gun", abbreviated StuG. They were widely as fire support to infantry, panzer and panzergrenadier units. The vehicle was essentially a tank chassis with a gun, usually a long-barreled 75mm, mounted on it. Due to it not having the gun mounted in a turret, it afforded the crew more space but limited the traverse of the gun, requiring the whole vehicle to turn to aim at a target most of the time. Throughout World War II, especially later in the war, Germany produced more assault guns than tanks, because they were cheaper and quicker to produce due to the lack of a need to put in a revolving turret and the complex machinery, and were almost as effective as tanks. They also provided a use for obsolete tank chassis, most assault guns being mounted on Panzer III and Panzer IV chassis, producing the StuG III and StuG IV, respectively.
The StuG IV is a slightly modified Sturmgeschütz III superstructure mounted on a Panzer IV chassis. Around 1100 were built starting in 1943. The StuG IV was known as a very effective tank killers, especially on the Eastern Front.
About Dragon Styrene (DS):
As part of Dragon's commitment to using cutting edge technology, we are proud to introduce Dragon Styrene (DS). This is a new type of styrene that was formulated by our research and development team to achieve better moulding results.
DS has all of the advantages and workability properties of standard styrene, but it holds greater detail that only products such as vinyl or resin usually have. Parts that require higher definition can be molded with ease using DS, but still worked and glued like styrene.
Dragon Slide Mold Technology:
Beginning with computer aided design right through to molding, the whole slide mold process is computerized. It allows us to create large pieces without the need to create them as separate parts. The result is a perfectly accurate scale replica of the original without multiple seams (and major finishing work for modellers).
By utilizing this technology, we can manufacture parts that are more detailed and complex. 3-D shapes, hollow tubes and barrels, one-piece muzzle brakes are now a reality! This results in convenience and ease for you, with parts that are accurately aligned and shaped.