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Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)

Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
includes five Panzer IV L/70 (V) Tank Destroyers, two Stowage sprues & one Decal sheet.

As the war has turned against Germany, there has been a move to produce turretless Jagdpanzer tank hunters on the same chassis as standard tanks. The tank hunters can mount bigger guns and thicker armour than the equivalent tank, although at a considerable cost in mobility and effectiveness in other roles.

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The Ardennes Offensive
In December 1944 the German forces on the Western Front made one last major push in the Ardennes and Alsace-Lorraine, trying to split the Allied forces in half and force them to negotiate a peace treaty. It was a daring all-or-nothing gamble.

Learn more about The Ardennes Offensive here...

The Ardennes Offensive: German Forces in Lorraine and the Ardennes, September 1944 - February 1945
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) The Panzer IV/70 takes this concept to the limit, mounting the gun from a Panther tank, and almost as much front armour, on the chassis of a Panzer IV that weighs little more than half as much. The result is an excellent tank hunter, able to destroy Allied tanks at long range while immune to all but the heaviest return fire.

The Panzer IV/70 is usually assigned to support the brigade’s infantry component as the tanks can usually look after themselves. Operating with the infantry, the tank hunters leave the attacks to the infantry while destroying any tanks rash enough to try to intervene!

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Blake Coster
The Panzer IV/70 (V) in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower

Panzer IV/70 (V) Slow Tank 9 3 1 Hull MG, Overloaded, Schürzen.
7.5cm PaK42 gun
32"/80cm
2
14
3+
Hull mounted.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Guderian’s Duck
The Panzer IV/70 tank was derived from the Jagdpanzer IV tank-hunter. The Jagdpanzer IV was designed as a replacement for the StuG G and StuG IV. It became known as Guderian’s Duck after General Heinz Guderian objected to its introduction. The Panzer IV/70 tank combined the 7.5cm PaK 42 L/70 gun of the Panther tank with the tested hull of the Panzer IV tank. With additional armour this made for a formidable fighting vehicle.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Overloaded
Super-heavy tanks and heavily-laden assault guns often overload their engines and suspensions, making them very poor at crossing obstacles.


When required to take a Bogging Check to cross Difficult Going, an Overloaded vehicle becomes Bogged Down on a roll of 1 or 2, rather than the usual 1. An Overloaded vehicle must re-roll successful Skill Tests to cross Very Difficult Going.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Schürzen
Schürzen are the thin armoured plates hung on the sides of some German tanks to protect them from infantry anti-tank weapons, like anti-tank rifles and bazookas.


When a tank that is protected by Schürzen is hit by a weapon with a Firepower of 5+ or 6 on the Side armour by shooting and fails its Armour Save, roll a special 4+ Schürzen save:

■ If the save is successful the Schürzen protects the tank from the side shot.

■ If the save is not successful the shot penetrated the side armour as normal.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Hull-mounted Guns
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.


A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a 180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn across the front of the vehicle.

If the weapon is mounted at the rear of the vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
The Panzer IV/70 (V) Platoon Advance Towards The Enemy
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
The Contents of the Panzer IV L/70 Platoon Box Set
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Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Description of Components
a. 5x Resin Panzer IV/70 (V) hulls.
b. 1x Decal sheet.
c.
1x Stowage sprue #1.
d. 1x Stowage sprue #2.
e. 5x Mudguard sprues.
f.
10x Road wheel sprues.
g. 5x Hatch & Tank Commander sprues.
h. 5x Right tracks.
i. 5x Left tracks.
j. 5x Right Schürzen sections.
k. 5x Left Schürzen sections.
l. 5x 7.6cm PaK42 guns.
Assembling Panzer VI/70 (V)
Step 1. Begin assembly with the tracks.

Note: That the two front road wheels on each track is missing.
Evan has designed a new set of reversible road wheels for the Panzer IV series. On one side is the rubber-tyred road wheel and on the reverse side, the steel-rimmed road wheel. The Panzer IV/70 (V) was nose heavy due to the size it's gun and the weight of the frontal armour. This caused the rubber-tyred road wheels to fail, therefore the stronger steel-rimmed version were fitted in the first two positions.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Below: Attach a set of road wheels to each track. Ensure that to steel-rimmed version are showing as in the example below. Below: The steel-rimmed road wheels attached to both tracks of the Panzer IV/70 (V).
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Step 2. Attach the mudguards to the rear of each track as shown in the examples below. Below: Both tracks fully assembled with the steel-rimmed road wheels and mudguards.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Step 3. With the track assembled, its time to attach the tracks to the hull of the Panzer IV/70 (V).

Note:
Each track has a lugs on the back that corresponds with the recesses in the hull to aid in correct orientation.
Below: The lug on the right-hand side track and the corresponding recess in the resin hull. Below: The lug on the left-hand side track and the corresponding recess in the resin hull.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Below: Attaching the right-hand side track. Below: Attaching the left-hand side track.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Step 4. Next, attach the main gun to the resin hull. Step 5. Then, attach the loader's hatch as shown in the example below.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Step 6. Followed by the commander's hatch. Below: With the hatches in place the basic Panzer IV/70 (V) is assembled and ready to be painted.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Adding A Tank Commander
Step 1. When attaching the commander's hatch simply angle it slightly towards the rear of the vehicle. Step 2. Next, attach a tank commander in the now open commander's hatch.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Adding The Schürzen
The Schürzen is optional and can be added or left off to add some modelling variety to the platoon. As can the stowage sprues included in the box set.
Step 1. There is a left and right-hand side plate of Schürzen for the Panzer IV/70 (V). Each side can be distinguished by the small letter L or R located in centre of each piece. Step 2. To attach the Schürzen, place a small amount of hobby glue to the underside of each of the lugs as shown in the example below.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)
Step 3. Centre each of the lugs on the bottom of the Schürzen over the first three wheel bogies. Below: With the Schürzen place, the Panzer IV/70 (V) is now fully assembled and ready for painting.
Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67) Panzer IV L/70 (V) Platoon (GBX67)


Last Updated On Friday, February 22, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront