Excellent addition to the Nuts & Bolts stable thanks to John Prigent for the review
Jagdpanzer IV Part 1 L/48 (Sd.Kfz. 162) (Vol.37)
By Joachim Baschin and Martin Block
The Jagdpanzer IV is a popular modelling subject, with every version of the L/48 available as a kit and a wide choice of aftermarket accessory sets. This book is just what’s wanted to go with them. The shorter-barrelled L/48 gun version is what’s covered here, with no doubt a second book about the long-barrelled L/70 version to follow.
The origins of the type came about when the StuG III proved so useful against tanks on the Russian Front and Vomag was given a contract to develop a new tank hunter on the chassis of the Pz.Kpfw. IV. Unlike the L/43 gun of the StuG III Auf. F, the new vehicle was to have an L/48 gun. The new fixed superstructure was angled and the Pz.Kpfw.’s hull front was reshaped for maximise protection. The result was a low, hard-to-hit target for enemy guns with a powerful weapon of its own, able to penetrate over 60mm of armour at a range of two kilometres.
The English/German text gives details of development, production and equipment, and is followed by potted histories of all units. Then comes notes about projected new versions, camouflage and markings, surviving vehicles, and available kits.
There are 1/35 scale plans of two prototypes (yes, there’s a kit of an O-series Jagdpanzer IV to save a lot of work modifying the production type to model one), and the main production variants. With them are isometric drawings of the April 1944 version, large drawings of the two types of skirt hangers, a diagram showing how the air flaps at the sides of the engine deck were supported, the radio layouts and even the antenna base. There are also eight pages of colour plates accompanied by cross-references.
A 56 pages colour section shows preserved Jagdpanzer IVs in detail, inside as well as outside. The book ends with notes about several models made by Tony Greenland and photos of them.
Anyone planning to build a Jagdpanzer IV L/48 will find this book just what they need for an accurate model. Very highly recommended!
Format: Softback – A4
Publisher: Nuts & Bolts Verlag GbR
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