This high quality 1/72 representation of the StuG IV is another great addition to Dragon's plastic line.
- newly-tooled spare road wheel rack
- newly-tooled side skirts are stunningly thin for scale thickness
- new tooling for side skirt brackets
- features the early production gun mantlet
- correct early production hatch
- includes the correct MG mount with shield
- slide-molded one-piece return rollers are authentically made and convenient to assemble
- slide-molded dual road wheels are perfectly molded in one piece
- road wheel hubs are separate pieces, allowing the highest level of detail
- accurately reprodued one-piece track links in Dragon Styrene
- photo-etched parts for sideskirts and their brackets
- decals by Cartograf
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.
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.
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.