I've made a little more headway on the Panther Ausf. D w/zimmerit. Been pretty busy the last few days and have been digging deep into the research for this kit. As you can see in steps 5 and 6, some modifications need to be made to the exhausts and the jack.
First up are the exhausts. The grooves in the pipes needed to be filled and the excess plastic on the back needed to be removed. The modifications are necessary to remove anything relating to the plastic brackets in order to use the the photo etch brackets provided in the kit and to get them to fit properly. I carefully trimmed off the plastic on the backs, then filled the groove with squadron white putty.
Then came the jack modifications. I carefully cut away the plastic brackets using a #11 blade, then carefully sanded everything smooth.
The drive sprockets look great, as do the idlers. There are two different sprocket caps included in the kit. The more recessed cap appears on earlier variants of the Panther Ausf. D. Be sure to check your references carefully to be sure you're using the correct cap for the vehicle you're modeling. The vehicle I'm modeling features the later sprocket cap with the weld seam going around it.