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Befehls Panther Ausf.G Späte (IR)

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Construction
I began the construction with the assembly of the turret and all of it's additional equipment. From the box I chose the late "chin" mantlet option which gradually started to appear on Panthers since September '44. A nice feature of this kit are metal hooks for the spare tracks on the turret. They were glued with the CA glue and were rather fragile when manipulating the model. Finally, camouflage loops were added to the turret sides. The kit's plastic barrel was replaced with a RB Model turned aluminum one with a brass muzzle brake.

Once the basic turret was done I started adding accessories. First, to the right side of the mantlet were attached photo etched parts from the Voyager Infra Red set. These were supposed to enable mounting an additional IR searchlight. At least, that is what I was able to find over internet discussion forums. From the mantlet I moved to the turret's roof. Assembly of the Voyager turret's spaced armour is fairly easy. One thing that is worth noting (as it is omitted in the manual). Placing few bits of plastic or photo etched sprue rests is necessary to create some free space between the two plates (as seen on wartime pictures). The only adjustment I had to make was drilling a hole for the additional antenna present on the roof of the befehls panzer. Fitting the additional armor plates was an easy task as it matched the turret perfectly.

The last stage was the assembly and putting in place the Infra Red equipment. The Voyager resin FG 1250 Infra Red searchlight and scope are very well caste and assembling all parts together (with CA glue) is a question of minutes. Wiring was done with a 0.5mm copper wire as the one provided in the set was too hard to be easily formed to the needed shape.

About the Author

About Pawel RZYMSKI (spitfire303)
FROM: VENDEE, FRANCE


Comments

I am pleased you approve of the edit Pawel.
NOV 17, 2010 - 05:30 AM
great job buddy, very subtle finish
NOV 20, 2010 - 08:51 PM
Thank you Cris
NOV 23, 2010 - 11:27 PM
Hi Pawel That's a very nice panther! Just can't get enough of those beautiful kitty's. A question though, was the exstra top-armour a field modyfication, or was it done in the factory? I have a set myself, and I wonder, if it's official factory work, shouldn't it be painted like the rest of the vehicle? On the other hand, it looks so much cooler, in rotoxid..... Best regards Jacob
NOV 24, 2010 - 01:52 AM
Hi Jacob, thank you for your comments. About the extra armour. I think it is a field modification. I've checked the Jentz's book and the only information I found is on the very end of the book just before the Panther F section. Modifications to be done by troops starting from December 44 from pieces of schurzen (it would work for the rear armour but not for the big one on the top of the turret) My issue is that the very few pictures I found show Panthers with zimmerit coating (zimmerit was stooped in September 1944 and in december/ january most of the vehicle would be without zimmerit). It's a pitty Herbert Hackerman is not here any more he would have helped. The story of this extra armor is not clear for me. spit
NOV 24, 2010 - 08:50 PM
Pawel You're so right about Herbert, he would probably know a thing or two. Anyway, I think I've seen some pictures of Panthers w. zimmerit AND this kind of add on armor. And I also think youre right about it being fieldmodification. Jacob
NOV 25, 2010 - 04:03 AM
Great work there !! I was already planning to get some of the upgrades. Now I'm really inspired by your Panther. Amazing job on the whole build, painting, weathering, AM parts... I'm speechless !!!
DEC 06, 2010 - 01:10 PM
Thanks Nito
DEC 08, 2010 - 09:44 AM
Pawal, This is possibly the best Panther I've ever seen. I have one question though, what is going on with the hull machine gun place? I've never noticed that on another kit before. MS
JUN 22, 2011 - 02:06 PM
Thank you Mark for the credit. Well, the plug on the front is something quite well known on Panthers. I think most often it was lost during the service but there are photos of it hanging beside more rarely in place. BTW the same plug was used on Tiger II but I've seen only one picture on 300 I have with this... interesting. Brian, thanks for your comments. I'm not a Panther specialist and never bothered to do a this or other factory Panther. However your comments are valuable and will take them under consideration doing another Panther another Time. This specific Panther was as S-F Panther from the very beginning and I stated it on the beginning of my blog here on armorama (quite a moment before). Thanks for the pictures.. I didn't know the first. It's really a beauty. The second is also very pretty I think I have one or two more of the same tank. thank you both spit
JUN 22, 2011 - 08:08 PM