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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

We're opening a nice, heavy box of WWII German vehicles today – the Jagdpanzer IV Platoon from Battlefront.

Jagdpanzer IV platoon box

Minor goof on the cover: two vehicles have the same ID number, and you can't make those ID numbers from the decals in this set.

Jagdpanzer IV platoon box contents

Inside the thin cardboard box is a robust plastic bin, of a type I've not seen before. Each resin body fits in its own compartment, separating them from the metal parts… except that as you can see, some of the track units have jumped around in shipping. Also, a non-resealable plastic bag with card and decal sheet.

Jagdpanzer IV platoon box contents

The assembly diagram on the back of the box looks so simple, so it's surprising when you see all the pieces.

Jagdpanzer IV body

The body is in dark resin.

Jagdpanzer IV body

The rear deck includes tools, and there are extra bogies mounted on back.

Jagdpanzer IV tracks and skirts

The track units fit into place against a groove in the resin body. The skirts then fit in position against the resin body, and those big projections are on the inside, resting on the track wheels.

Jagdpanzer IV parts

Then the small parts: At top above, two rear fenders. In the middle, two hatches and a crew head. At bottom, the gun. My only issue here is that I wish the fenders were more distinct, it's not clear where to cut them off.

Jagdpanzer IV platoon card and decals

And finally, the Unit Card and decalsheet.

This looks like one of the easier vehicles to assemble, and you could even leave off the fenders (many were knocked off or damaged in real life) or the skirts (box cover shows with and without skirts).

The assembly diagram once again fails to show the crew figure, but the pictures show vehicles with one and two crew 'heads'.