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Tamiya America, Inc 35345 German Tank Panzer V Panther Ausf.D, TAM35345
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||15 x 9.6 x 2.3 inches|
|Item Weight||1.1 Pounds|
About this item
- 1:35 Scale kit, Commander Torso, Crewman figure, 3 marking options depict battle, Decals and photo etch. Paint, Tools, Glue are not included with kit
- Paint suggested: Red Brown, Dark Green, Dark Yellow, Flat Brown, Flat White Flat Fresh, Sky Gray, Metallic Gray, Field Gray, Dark Iron, Rubber Black
- Tools: sprue cutter, long nose pliers, small files, pin vise & scissors, Side cutters, Tweezers, Modeling knife, Glue, Super Glue
- Skill level: Advanced
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 9.6 x 2.3 inches||7.72 x 3.84 x 3.36 inches||13.75 x 7.88 x 2 inches||13.7 x 8 x 2.6 inches||15.13 x 9.63 x 2.75 inches||15 x 9.63 x 2.38 inches|
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The Panther was a German medium tank deployed during World War II from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945. Kit has detailed exterior, one piece lower hull, separate turret with optional hatch, engine hatches can be assembled open or closed, commanders hatch with detail, excellent suspension with road wheels and vinyl track lengths, optional side skirts, 1-piece gun barrel with separate muzzle brake, smoke dischargers, stowage boxes, separately molded on-vehicle (tools, equipment and racks), jack, optional open/closed view ports and figures (full crewman and half Commander). Decals and color guide for (3) tanks: No.745, 7th Company, 52nd Panzer Battalion, 39th Panzer Regiment, Kursk, July 1943; No.432, 4th Company, 51st Panzer Battalion, 39th Panzer Regiment, Kursk, July 1943 and No.445, panzer regiment, "Grossdeutschland", Kursk, August 1973.
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I usually paint the road wheels separately, but on this one I just assembled them all as per the instructions. I will paint the lower hull and road wheels and then glue the hull together before painting the rest.
I wish the track idler was more easily adjustable. When using the add-on track links, I had to glue the idler on, fit the tracks to check tension and then rip the idler off to adjust it. The adjuster is keyed, but I would expect Tamiya to offer a solution that was a bit more thought out.
I love the well sculpted figures!
Could not wait to get this kit into my grubby hands - was so excited!! This is a great kit, practically builds itself. Instruction sheet was easy to follow and in "booklet form" instead of the traditional "accordion" style. Instructions in multiple languages, as well as, providing suggestions for paint and decal placement and a brief history. Also included is an awesome color paint guide - something that Tamiya has been offering with their kits for a few years now. 2 crew members are provided: 1 half-torso & and full figure. Track shoes are the single piece "rubber band" style with great detail on both sides. Main gun barrel is single piece with 3 pieces making up the muzzle break (capped end).
Tamiya also released a few "detail up" kits specifically for this kit. They consist of: photo-etched engine grills; aluminum gun barrel w/breech; and link-n-length track shoes with greater detail. If you use these items, the instructions will tell you when/where to use them. I used the engine grills and track shoes. Also, this kit is compatible with Tamiya's separate Panther/Tiger engine kit and will also tell you when/where to place that kit as well.
There are some small pieces, but should not cause any problems. Hatches can be posed open/closed Parts fit was just great - had no problems anywhere. Only problem I had was assembling the separate link-n-length track shoes. I just took them for granted; pre-painted them; discovered that they need to be assembled a certain way; did not really pay attention to them; and just basically ruined them. Ended up using the rubber band tracks and they do look just as great. You get periscopes for the driver/bow gunner positions, but I glued the top/bottom hulls together and totally forgot about the periscopes. So....??
Anyway, ordered kit via Amazon and shipped from Japan. Kit box was wrapped in "bubble wrap" and slightly crushed on one end upon arrival - but everything inside was in great shape!! Kit arrived well in advance of the promised arrival date. Remember that this is a plastic model kit, so assembly is required. Paint/glue sold separately.
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The metal gun barrel Tamiya offer for this kit really isn't needed, as the side moulded plastic version the kit comes with is very good, but the two part muzzle break is not and if you get the separate metal barrel, you are still stuck with using the kit's two part muzzle break. A bit of clean up work is needed to get rid of the seam line on that, so I got an Aber metal barrel for my kit, that includes a decent metal muzzle break. I think Tamiya need to realise that offering a metal barrel is one thing, but they need to include the muzzle brake in (one piece) metal as well.
I wasn't impressed the skirts, so am leaving them off my model. They are a little better than some of Tamiya's previous efforts, but still can't compete with after market metal offerings or the one's in Dragon's Panther D w/zim kit. I may add some Aber skirts, I am still thinking about that; many of these vehicles can be seen in historical pictures without the skirts anyway. I also added the good old Maybach engine kit from Tamiya and am working on building this all into a diorama for a Panther D being serviced on the Russian front. I'm ignoring the kits recommended brown/green/dunkelgelb paint scheme and going with a faded green on dark yellow camo pattern that I found through research.
All in all, a very good kit if you want an easy build and a good end result, also very good as a base for detailing into something more special if you're a more experienced modeller, such as myself. Highly recommended!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2020
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 5, 2019