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Befehls Panther Ausf.G Späte (IR)

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Putting together all parts of the upper hull was quite simple. Beside some Lion Roar clamps for the tools I haven't used any after market upgrade parts to replace the ones from the box. One of the noticeable choices I made was the usage of the Crew Compartment Heater (Kampfraumheizung). It was a logical choice for a late vehicle as this heater came into the production in October 1944. After dealing with all other basic parts I decided that some tools on the side racks would be left over. I always liked visible missings in AFVs exterior equipment. I find it simulates well the "battle ware" and give a more realistic look to the model.

Moving towards the end of the assembly I had few extra details left to add. First I added the additional base for the star antenna from the Armorscale set and a scratch built holder for 3 tubes under the barrel cleaning tube (extension for the star antenna). Both are required for a command Panther. The last thing to do were the armored screens over the louvers on the engine deck. These came from the Griffon Model set for Panther G. The two biggest plates over the exhausts are multipart and stay workable if glued correctly. With the six anti aircraft covers in place the Panther was almost done. At the end a thin copper wire and few accessories were attached to the turret and a scratch built steel ladder was hung on one of the exhaust mufflers (idea taken from a wartime picture).

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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