The Sturmgeschütz IV (StuG IV), a successful tank destroyer, was an assault gun built on the chassis of a Panzer IV. The development of the StuG IV resulted from the factories producing the StuG IIIs being damage from Allied bombing raids in November 1943. Another manufacturer, Krupp, was tasked with producing the StuG assault guns. However, Krupp did not manufacture the Panzer III (the chassis used for the StuG III); therefore, the chassis of the Panzer IV, which Krupp did produce, was mated with the StuG superstructure. The StuG IV combined the superstructure of the StuG III Ausf. G with the Panzer IV chassis 7. From December 1943 to the end of the war, Krupp produced 1,108 StuG IVs and converted an additional 31 battle damaged Panzer IVs to StuG IVs.
Armourfast produces a 1/72 scale (20 mm) hard plastic Sturmgeschütz IV (StuG IV) assault gun kit, which includes the components for two StuG IVs.
I built and painted both Sturmgeschütz IVs and have added Plastic Soldier Company components (the tank commander and the spare tracks) to these models. As well, I applied Italeri 1/72 scale Panzer decals to the Sturmgeschütz IVs.
The images below are found in the German Armour II section of Citizen Soldiers: A 1/72 scale World War 2 Model Site.
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