It is an early-type Panther tank. It was built in October 2014.
I make the Dragon Model’s premium kit Panther D. It is a luxurious kit with photo-etched parts and a metal gun barrel. I wonder if it’s still available? It is disappointing point that many high-quality kits are a limited release. I want Dragon Model to resell these masterpiece products regularly.
The Panther is the required subject of the German tank fan, but Panther’s slant armor is unlike a typical German tank, which is a big characteristic of love or hate it. I made the type G before; I like it very much, except that the side of the chassis is seen open too much.
Because I used the photo-etched parts for various points, it is a sharp impression. Etching parts were, in some places, too thin, and there were many complex processes. The stop tab of the spare caterpillar treads was tough.
There are so many parts options and no notice in the instruction manual; I suppose it’s impossible to make an accurate Panther without a technical guidebook. I chose them based on looking without deep concern. This time, almost all etched parts are used, many detailed works and complex, and a feeling of accomplishment.
This camouflage painting was from the campaign in Krusk in 1943 Summer. The green line is characteristic of mid-summer operation. I think it is an excellent random pattern-blowing airbrush. Still, it’s like the toy taste with no weathering, the tank’s best part is muddy, dusty, rusty, and battle damage.
The Panther had the variation of types A, G, F, and this type D, and type D was the first actual fighting debut vehicle. I have heard that the random alphabetical order for confusing the Soviet Army. This means the development starts in order. But the truth has not been found.
The marking is Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland at the time of participating in the Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943. In this instruction manual, the coloring is located in the Karachev area, northwest of Kursk. I suppose this dark yellow and dark green camouflage pattern is best matched for the Kursk summer campaign.
I drew rust on the side Armor moderately, too. I painted the caterpillar tread using the washing technique with the plural pastel colors, but it’s hard to control the pastel because the color changes entirely after having dried when I first got wet. Maybe the best way is the first process to use enamel paint and finish up with pastels. There will be room for further examination in the future.
I did the clear coating, which expressed mud with a pastel. Is it not helped that the place of a hard pastel working remains dusty even I splayed mat clear coating? After I finished up, I didn’t touch the dusty points as possible as I could.
The bottom of the slant armor kept the much mud, and the upper armor weathering was modest. The presence of the caterpillar treads of the panter is more overwhelming than in Mark III and Mark IV tanks.
It’s impressive the long gun barrel compared with the tank crews. I had a hard time assembling to handle photo-etched parts and weathering. Finally not so a lousy ending generally. I was able to make it happily.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.