Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
A new year is the perfect moment to put another good model kit in progress. This time, reporting for duty is the notorious, Sd.Kfz.171 ‘Panther Ausf.G’. Yup, Panther is really famous during its service in World War II, those Germans really know how to create a terrifying battle machine. In the present days, Panther is also famous among military modeler, it’s like every scale modeler should at least experience one Panther in his entire scale modeling career :D And this time, it’s my turn have the experience.
As you can see, the kit comes from Dragon Model Limited (DML). In my opinion, when it comes to the details in the kit, DML is the best brand out there in the market. There are a lot of Panther variant being produced in battle, this one is the latest variant, the Ausf. G. As you can see in the box is written “w/ steel road wheels”, this Panther’s wheel rims are made of steel while the older version of Panther are made out of rubber.
The Ausf. G Panther back in the old days
Even though this is the Steel Wheel version of Panther, the kit comes mostly in plastic (there are some photo-etched parts, but not for the wheels). It doesn’t really matter because the wheels are gonna be covered in dust anyway, besides, a steel part will make the price of this kit increase like a rocket :D
the lower hull…untouched
Lower Hull and Wheels…combined
I also did the back panel where the exhausts are located
I’ve started the fitting process and still not finished yet. Most of the fitting in military kit already requires you to glue the parts, so you can’t turn back once it’s all done. That’s why it is difficult to finish the whole fitting in just a day (and a reason why I can’t show you the finished look after the fitting :D ). DML however,tries to make things easier by inventing this Smart Kit series where they already gives you a no-runner and clean tracks for the tank, more detailed and option parts, I also see less annoying molding lines in those parts.
I still need to glue them one by one though…
the tracks are glued together, I separate them into several section for easier assembly.
Now the lower hull started to look more like a tank :D
As usual, I didn’t plan for any diorama or even a simple base for this one. I just wanna get it done and have fun splashing colors and weathering for this tank.
Well, that is all about the Panther for now ^^