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ICM G4 (1939 Production) Car
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 04:42 AM UTC
Jim Rae takes a look at the latest entrant in the increasingly crowded 'motor-show' in 1/35th scale with ICM's new model of the 6-wheeler G4 (W31) 1939 Production.

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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 05:30 AM UTC
Looks like a nice kit.
Thanks for the review Jim.
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 05:56 AM UTC
Great vehicle.
Apparently, the Central European model makers are more daring than many Asian ones, who seem to stay more in the middle of the road. A great kit which reminds me of one of my first kits I started this hobby with some ages ago. Only in those days, if I remember right, Mr. H. was included, as well as all chrome parts.
Now, what will come for Christmas? One of the English standard guns and their haulers in the ETO?
Never mind, what ever comes, it will be a real surprise!
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 06:36 AM UTC
Hopefully they will do an update and add the radiovan version.
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 08:40 AM UTC

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Great vehicle.
Apparently, the Central European model makers are more daring than many Asian ones, who seem to stay more in the middle of the road. A great kit which reminds me of one of my first kits I started this hobby with some ages ago. Only in those days, if I remember right, Mr. H. was included, as well as all chrome parts.



This kit

http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/tilt/kit_tilt_merc.shtml

Nice model, but motorized, so it did not have drive train detail.
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 08:45 AM UTC
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Great vehicle.
Apparently, the Central European model makers are more daring than many Asian ones, who seem to stay more in the middle of the road. A great kit which reminds me of one of my first kits I started this hobby with some ages ago. Only in those days, if I remember right, Mr. H. was included, as well as all chrome parts.



This kit in 1/35

http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/tilt/kit_tilt_merc.shtml

Nice model, but motorized, so it did not have drive train detail.

There is also the Hasegawa model in 1/72


http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10000533
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 09:33 AM UTC
Jim,


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Jim Rae takes a look at the latest entrant in the increasingly crowded 'motor-show' in 1/35th scale with ICM's new model of the 6-wheeler G4 (W31) 1939 Production.



it's Balkenkreuz not Balkankreuz and in this case it's the iron cross (Eisernes Kreuz, Tatzenkreuz); and a picture:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-2005-0180,_Anschluss_sudetendeutscher_Gebiete.jpg

It's the pennant of the supreme commander of the Heer. In this case Walther von Brauchitsch, 4. Februar 1938 - 19. Dezember 1941. Don't know if Hitler used it, I've only seen him using the pennant of the Reichskanzler.

HTH
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 11:41 AM UTC
If I remember correctly, the Radio Van version carried (apart from it's usual radios), Enigma machines - Division level secure communication . The official 'cover' was that these vehicles were used by Reich Post - something i'd find hard to believe.

Anyone throw any light on this?
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 06:31 AM UTC
the "Kraftfahrzeuge und Panzer der Reichswehr" book, written by Mr. Werner Oswald, isbn 3-87943-161-2, Oct 1975, shows on page -86- and forward some variants of this beautiful car. It shows a Reichspost vehicle with RP licence plates on page -90-. Also, some colour variants seem to have existed, next to white a gloss black one without any license plate is shown, occupied by Mr. H. This vehicle was armoured and has a larger engine. Type G4 (W31) with a BD M24, 5019 cc, engine and the type G4 (W131) with a DB M 124, 5252 cc, engine. According to rumours only one vehicle survived the war.
By the way: anyone familiar with a technique to get a real polished chrome grill? This seems to be the main feature of this vehicle.
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 07:25 PM UTC
Paul. there IS some hearsay evidence that the Soviets captured a number of these vehicles in Berlin - one was presented to s Senior Soviet commander. My thoughts? There are probably one or two sitting in some long-forgottwn warehouse somewhere...


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By the way: anyone familiar with a technique to get a real polished chrome grill? This seems to be the main feature of this vehicle.



Now THAT is pretty easy. Get hold of the foil which some aviation modelrs use - there are seceral sheets done specifically for car modelers. Can't remember the brand name at the moment...

Anyone?
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 08:39 PM UTC

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Can't remember the brand name at the moment...

Anyone?



http://www.bare-metal.com/bare-metal-foil.html

HTH

Frenchy
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 08:46 PM UTC

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Can't remember the brand name at the moment...

Anyone?



http://www.bare-metal.com/bare-metal-foil.html

HTH

Frenchy



Exactly!!! Thanks!