I'm hoping someone can give me some simple guidance for a project, I generally model Allied armour but this is a foray into the other side. There is so much info out there it is overwhelming to try and decipher.
Its in relation to building a 1/16 Panzer IV.
I have purchased the Trumpeter Pz IV F2 kit and some figures, and wish to make a counterpoint to my 1/16 T-34/76 1941 which I built in a worn white wash finish with some snow still around, so Early spring I guess, year not specified but the crewmen I did id in blue overalls.
The figures I have purchased are SS grenadiers in Kharkov (S&T figures f I recall), and are seated so looking at placing onto Pz IV as tank riders. I chose the Pz IV F2 as I didn't want shurzen to complicate the riders placement
The figures have field grey uniforms with greatcoats so clearly winter type figures.
I'm looking to have my Pz IV in a similar setting time frame as the T-34, and therefore finished in a worn whitewash finish. I wish to do the Pz IV with the double muzzle brake, not the round type.
Queries are related to inconsistencies in time frame and what is presented for the setting specifically;
Is battle of Kharkov appropriate for this setting (T-34/76 41 in late winter early spring) with a Pz IV F2?
Which of the Kharkov battles is most appropriate?
Is the muzzle brake I wish to use appropriate for the time frame I have have for these vehicles?
IS the uniform selection consistent?
Would it be a Grey or Yellow base coat for the time frame?
Any other choice of common battles for these scenarios? Stalingrad, Kursk?
Did Pz IV drivers drive with head out the hatch, was this possible?
Appreciate any suggestions, not after 100% accuracy or trying to build a particular photographic scene just to have these 2 combatants viewed somewhere at the same point in time.
The 3rd battle of Kharkov (Feb. - Mar. 1943) would be most appropriate for your vehicle. All three of the SS panzer divisions which participated in this battle were equipped with the panzer IV ausf. F2/G with the double baffle muzzle brake. I'm pretty sure the base coat was dark grey as the Dunkelgelb base color didn't start to be applied until that spring (1943) and you can see brand new Tiger Is from the same battle painted in overall dark grey (not whitewashed). Greatcoats would be appropriate for this battle although some of the grenadiers also had knee-length, fur-lined and hooded parkas that you can see in photos from this battle. I don't think it was possible for the Panzer IV driver to drive with his head sticking out of the hatch (unless he were a particularly tall fellow with very long arms and legs!) but I could be wrong.
(ref: The Battle of Kharkov, Restayn, J.J. Fedorowicz, 2000)